Board of Cosmetology
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.
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Effective April 3, 2013, there have been several changes to Rule 61G5-20.002, Florida Administrative Code - Salon Requirements. Below are links to the language in its final form and to the rule as it was amended. Additions to the original rule are indicated by underlining and deletions from the original rule are indicated by strike-throughs.
HB 517 was approved by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012, and reduces the continuing education required to activate an inactive license. You now only have to complete one renewal cycle of continuing education instead of completing continuing education for all the renewal cycles your license was in an inactive status. Applicants will need to provide proof of completing the continuing education requirements in effect at the last renewal date immediately prior to their application. Those requirements include completion of 16 hours of board-approved continuing education which shall include: 2 hours of instruction on HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, 3 hours of instruction on sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour of instruction on workers' compensation, 1 hour of instruction on Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, 2 hours of state and federal laws and rules, 2 hours of instruction regarding chemical makeup, 1 hour of instruction on environmental issues, and 4 general credit hours.
For hair braiders, hair wrappers, and body wrappers - you are not required to complete continuing education requirements while your license is in an inactive status. However, licensees who change licensure status from inactive to active must show proof of completion of a board-approved, HIV/AIDS continuing education course as required for active renewal for the biennium previous to the requested reactivation.
A printable law book is now available, on the Statutes and Rules page.
The Board of Cosmetology consists of 7 members: 5 cosmetologists and 2 consumer members.
• Manicuring/Pedicuring/Nail Extensions
• Hair Braiding
• Hair Wrapping
• Cosmetology Salons
• Specialty Salons
• Mobile Cosmetology Salons
• Body Wrapping
Methods of Licensure:
By Endorsement - Yes
By Examination - Yes
By Reciprocity - No
Business Entity - Yes
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for examination development, administration, review and grades. Below are shortcuts to their examination pages.
Candidate Information Booklets
Computer Based Testing
Special Accommodations for Testing - ADA
Information for schools:
For further information about schools, contact the Florida Department of Education for public schools or the Commission for Independent Education for private schools.
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Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
Cosmetology = $55
Manicuring/Pedicuring/Nail Extensions = $55
Facials = $55
Hair Braiding = $30
Hair Wrapping = $30
Cosmetology Salons = $55
Specialty Salons = $55
Mobile Cosmetology Salons = $55
Body Wrapping = $30
The fees above includes a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Information
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for the management of continuing education providers and courses. Below are shortcuts to their continuing education pages.
Continuing education main page
Continuing education policy
List of continuing education providers and courses, and hours required
Information for providers / instructors
Reporting requirement for criminal convictions
As of October 1, 2009, Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. The statute also requires the reporting of any convictions that occurred prior to October 1, 2009. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail it to the department.
The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
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