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Cosmetology Licensure Requirements

A Florida cosmetology license is required to perform cosmetology services. For applicants who have completed their cosmetology education in Florida, you must apply utilizing this form. For out-of-state or out-of-country cosmetologists who are unable to endorse their licenses in Florida, you may be eligible for examination as a cosmetologist in Florida if you held your license for at least one year.

Application Requirements:

AGE: Cosmetology applicants for licensure by examination must be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma.

EDUCATION: Applicants must complete 1,200 school hours in a cosmetology program. Florida cosmetology students must apply for licensure by examination. For out-of-state or out-of-country cosmetologists who are unable to endorse their licenses in Florida, you may be eligible for examination as a cosmetologist in Florida if you held your license for at least one year. Please review the application instructions for a full list of requirements.

EXAMINATION: Applicants must complete both portions of the examination within a two-year period from the date of the first attempt of either portion of the exam. If both portions of the examination are not passed within a two year period, the applicant will be required to pass both portions of the examination again. If the applicant fails either portion of the examination on the first attempt, the applicant can submit a reexamination application without any additional signatures from the cosmetology school. Remedial hours may be required with verification by the school. For more information regarding the Cosmetology examination, please review the Cosmetology License Examination Candidate Information Booklet.

HIV/AIDS COURSE: Applicants who completed their education at a Florida school should submit the initial HIV/AIDS course completion certificate received from their school. Applicants who are unable to endorse their out-of-state or out-of-country licenses and are applying to take the Florida cosmetology examination should complete a board-approved 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 the DBPR list of board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS Courses.

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.

APPLICATION: Complete the application by clicking on the https://www.myfloridalicense.com/datamart/mainMenuFLDBPR.do” target=”_blank”>”Online Services” link or the “Printable Application” link .

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If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call or e-mail the DBPR Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or Call.Center@dbpr.state.fl.us

Information obtained from the DBPR website March 2011

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