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Nail Specialist Licensure Requirements

A Florida specialty registration is required to perform manicure, pedicure and nail extension services.

Application Requirements:

AGE: Specialty registration applicants must be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma.

EDUCATION: Applicants must complete 240 school hours in a Florida nail program.

HIV/AIDS COURSE: Applicants should submit the initial HIV/AIDS course completion certificate received from their school. 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.

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 “Online Services” link or the “Printable Application” link.

EXAMINATION: You do not have to take the Florida cosmetology examination for this registration.

MORE INFORMATION: Learn more about this profession’s application requirements click here

If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call or email the Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395 or

Information obtained from the DBPR website March 2011

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