For information and guidance for department stakeholders related to agency actions, updated meeting schedules, and other matters during this state of emergency, visit the DBPR Emergency Information Page at: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency.
Executive Order 20-120: Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Executive Order 20-120 extends Executive Order 20-112 with the modification of including Palm Beach County in the phase one recovery plan. The Order also authorizes persons in Florida to provide or obtain barber and cosmetology services in licensed establishments that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. For details related to required and recommended precautionary measures pursuant to this Order, please see the Additional Information for Barbershops and Cosmetology Salons and the FAQs for Executive Order 20-120.
Self-inspections for barbershops and salons licensed in March and April 2020
Barbershops and salons licensed in March and April 2020 are scheduled for inspection prior to June 30, 2020. Due to the current operating restrictions implemented as part of the safeguard for controlling the spread of COVID-19, the Department requests your assistance in completing a self-inspection of these newly licensed establishments. Should you receive a self-inspection request, please complete and return the form to the Department by June 1. Please refer to the Division of Regulation’s FAQ’s on self-inspections for guidance.
The continuing education hours required for cosmetologists, facial specialists, nail specialists and full specialists license has been lowered to a minimum of ten (10) hours, effective February 6, 2020. For more information, click here.
Krista Woodard, Executive Director
The Board of Cosmetology is responsible for licensing and regulating cosmetology. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.
Cosmetology license types
CL – A “cosmetologist” means a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of cosmetology which includes the mechanical or chemical treatment of the head, face, and scalp for aesthetic rather than medical purposes, including, but not limited to, hair shampooing, hair cutting, hair arranging, hair coloring, permanent waving, hair relaxing, hair removing, pedicuring, and manicuring, for compensation.
FV – A “nail specialist” means a person registered to engage in the practice of manicuring and pedicuring in the State of Florida. Manicuring means the cutting, polishing, tinting, coloring, cleansing, adding, or extending of the nails, and massaging of the hands. This term includes any procedure or process for affixing of artificial nails, except those nails which may be applied by a simple adhesive. Pedicuring means the shaping, polishing, tinting, or cleansing of the nails of the feet, and massaging or beautifying of the feet. These services must be performed in a licensed salon.
FB – A “facial specialist” means a person registered to do facials in the State of Florida. Facial means the massaging or treating of the face or scalp with oils, creams, lotions, or other preparations. These services must be performed in a licensed salon.
FS – A “full specialist” means any person who can perform any services allowed by a facial specialist registration and a nail specialist registration.
CE – A “cosmetology salon” means a licensed and inspected facility where the practice of cosmetology is conducted by licensed persons.
The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules. Choose a license type to apply.
- Cosmetologist License by Examination Based on Florida Education (COSMO 1)
- Cosmetologist Re-Examination (COSMO 3)
- Cosmetologist License by Current Licensure in Another State or Country (COSMO 2)
- Cosmetologist License by Endorsement (COSMO 4-B)
- Cosmetologist Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003)
- Limited Cosmetologist License (COSMO 13)
Continuing Education Provider and Course Approval
DBPR offers examinations in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Candidates who have been approved to sit for an examination may do so by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson VUE. Examinations are available on a daily basis at testing sites throughout the world. For more information, including to schedule an examination, visit the Examination Information page.
- Florida Military Veteran Fee Waiver
- Florida National Guard Fee Waiver
- Military Personnel, Veterans and Military Spouses Licensing Fee Waiver
- Low Income Waiver of Licensing Fee
Note:If you have previously applied for your license, you may check your application status.
HB 7125 required the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to post lists of crimes that do not relate to the practice of cosmetology or the ability to practice cosmetology, and criminal offenses that were used as basis for denial of licensure to practice cosmetology. The bill prohibits the consideration of certain convictions for licensure purposes if the convictions occurred over five years before the date of the application, but allows the consideration of convictions for crimes listed in s.775.21(4)(a)1 and s.776.08, Florida Statutes.
- Individual – Request for Name Change, Address Change, or Status Change (COSMO 11)
- Salon – Request for Mailing Address Change, or Close Salon (COSMO 12)
- Cosmetologist License from Null and Void (Expired License) (COSMO 7)
- Nail Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)
- Facial Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)
- Full Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)
Continuing Education (Chemical Makeup, Environmental Issues, Elective, HIV/AIDS, State/Federal Laws & Rules, Occupational Safety Health Administration [OSHA], Sanitation/Sterilization, Workers’ Compensation)
You may also use the department’s Find a CE Course tool to locate specific subject areas or course topics.
|License Types||Continuing Education Requirements||Fee||Expiration Date|
|Cosmetology Salon||N/A||$45.00||11/30/EVEN Year|
|Cosmetologist||10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology.||$45.00||Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
|Nail Specialist||10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology.||$45.00||Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
|Facial Specialist||10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology.||$45.00||Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
|Full Specialist||$45.00||Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Division of Professions
Board of Cosmetology
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791