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Cosmetologist License by Endorsement (COSMO 4-B)

A Florida cosmetology license is required to perform cosmetology services. If you hold a cosmetology license in another state (see table below) or the United States territories of Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico, you may be eligible for endorsement in Florida. Out-of-country applicants, other than applicants from the U.S. territories listed, do not qualify for endorsement.

Application Requirements:
 
  • ENDORSEMENT: Attempting to qualify for licensure in Florida without having to take an examination by holding an active cosmetology license in another state whose requirements for licensure are comparable or more stringent than Florida requirements of 1,200 educational hours and passage of a written examination.

    List of acceptable states

  • AGE: Cosmetology applicants must be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma.
  • EDUCATION: All applicants attempting to endorse an out-of-state license must have completed educational hours comparable or more stringent than those required in Florida. Florida requirements include 1,200 hours and passage of the written Florida Board of Cosmetology examination.
  • HIV/AIDS COURSE: Complete a board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS course and submit the course completion certificate with your application. The HIV/AIDS course must have been completed within two years prior to submitting an application and must be at least four hours long. For more information, please refer to our list of board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS Courses.

  • OUT-OF-STATE LICENSES: Applicants must hold a valid license to practice cosmetology in another state.
  • EXAMINATION: If you qualify for licensure by endorsement, you will not be required to take the Florida cosmetology examination.
  • FEE: Pay the required fee as provided in the application. If applying online, you can pay with a credit card or electronic check. If mailing your application, please include a check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Military veterans may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, and/or fee discount. Please visit our DBPR Veterans Services page for more information.
  • APPLICATION: Complete the application by clicking on the "Online Services" link or the "Printable Application" link at the bottom of the page.

  • MORE INFORMATION: Learn more about this profession's application requirements (use the back button or arrow to return to this page).


If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use our convenient contact form.


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