Many Florida cosmetology professionals (hairstylists, nail techs, and facial specialists) take short or extended breaks from the profession. Sometimes they leave to be a stay-at-home parent or move to another state. They may call it quits because of burnout, poor/toxic work environments, new careers, health problems, or financial hardships. No matter the reason, many discover that they miss the cosmetology profession and want to get their expired cosmetology license back in good standing.
It is possible you simply forgot about the renewal deadline or decided to take just a year off from working in a salon or spa. I understand. It has been a weird couple of years. Maybe you left Florida, or the cosmetology profession, never intending to go back. During that time you let your license expire, thinking that you would never need it again.
How Do I Renew My Expired Cosmetology License?
Things have changed. You have changed. Now you are ready to get your Florida license back. It is possible that you may be putting off this process because you are concerned or unsure about the requirements, cost, or even your skills.
Whether you are a cosmetologist (hairstylist), nail specialist (nail tech), facial specialist (esthetician), or full specialist, your talents and expertise are still needed in the Sunshine State. If you are contemplating a return to the chair or salon, we are ready to help you complete the correct requirements in just a few steps.
Here are three steps to help you get your expired cosmetology license or registration back in good standing quickly.
Step 1: Look Up Your Status
Yes, you have an expired cosmetology license. But that really is not a term the board of cosmetology uses for licenses that have not been renewed. The first thing you must know is if your license or registration is “Delinquent” or is “Null and Void.” There is quite a difference. If you have missed two renewal deadlines, your license or registration is “null and void”. If you have not missed two renewal deadlines it is considered “delinquent”.
This status will determine which requirements you need to complete and what fees you need to pay.
If you are unsure of the status of your license or registration, you can check the State’s verification page.
Next to your name, you will see one of the below statuses:
10/31/2023 or 10/31/2024
The date is when the license needs to next be renewed, or should have been renewed. Above is an example of a clear, current, or active license. Below is an example of a license or registration which is delinquent. Once you get your license or registration back in good standing, it will say “Current, Active.”
10/31/2021 or 10/31/2022
A delinquent status means one renewal deadline has passed without being renewed. This simply means you need to renew your expired cosmetology license (hair, nail, or facial). If you missed the October 2021 renewal for Group 1 or the October 2022 renewal for Group 2, you likely will see this status.
If you missed the 2021 or 2022 renewal deadline, simply complete the 10-hours of required continuing education and pay your renewal fees. Click here to learn more about our 10-hour continuing education renewal course.
Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year Renewals
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year Renewals
Null and Void
10/31/2020 (or earlier)
A null and void status happens after more than two missed renewal deadlines. The date shown is the last time the license or registration was renewed. A null and void license or registration cannot be reinstated unless the applicant demonstrates that he or she failed to renew due to an illness or economic hardship. The application asks that you simply explain the hardships that kept you from renewing. If this is the case, you will also need to complete a 4-hour HIV/AIDS course.
If there were no hardships keeping you from renewing, you may still re-apply as long as your previous license was obtained with the current hour requirements. You are not required to retake the Florida cosmetology examination. You will get a new license number for your fresh start.
Florida’s Minimum Educational Requirements for Each License/Registration
- Cosmetologist License: 1200 Hours
- Nail Specialist License/Registration: 180 Hours
- Facial Specialist License/Registration: 220 Hours
- Full Specialist License/Registration: 220 (Facial) + 180 (Nails) = 400 Hours
Step 2: Complete the Requirements Based on Your Status
Now that you know if your license is delinquent or null and void, you can move on to completing the correct requirements.
Below are the steps and fees for delinquent licenses, null and void licenses with illness or financial hardship, and null and void licenses without illness or financial hardship.
Links, Fees, and Courses for Delinquent Licenses and Registrations
Again, this is for those of you who are a little late to renew and those who have not missed two renewals. You will not have an application to fill out. After you complete a 10-hour Florida cosmetology board-approved continuing education course, log into your account on the DPBR website and click on “manage my license.” You will be directed to pay your renewal and applicable late fees.
- Complete board-approved continuing education course
- Log into your account on the DPBR website to manage your cosmetology license or registration
- Pay Expired Cosmetology License Fees
- $45 plus a $25 late fee for Cosmetology License
- $45 plus a $25 late fee for Nail Specialist, Facial Specialist, or Full Specialist Registrations
Licensees who missed the 2021 or 2022 renewal, will need 10 hours of board-approved continuing education.
Currently, the Board of Cosmetology requires all cosmetologists, facial specialists, nail specialists, and full specialists to complete 10 hours of board-approved continuing education prior to the license/registration renewal. It is no longer required to complete 16 CE hours to renew a delinquent or active license, only 10 hours.
Below are the renewal fees:
Applications, Courses, and Fees for Null and Void Licenses and Registrations (Due to Illness or Financial Hardship)
- Fill out application
- Submit a certificate of completion from a board-approved initial 4-hour HIV/AIDS course
- Pay fees
- $45 for Cosmetology Licenses
- $75 for Nail Specialist, Facial Specialist, or Full Specialist Registrations
- Include an explanation of illness or economic hardship that prevented renewal.
Cosmetologists, nail specialists, facial specialists, full specialists should fill out Cosmetologist License from Null and Void (Expired License) (COSMO 7)
Applications, Courses, and Fees for Null and Void Licenses and Registrations (NOT Due to Illness or Financial Hardship)
- Fill out your null and void application
- See if you need to submit a certificate of completion from a board-approved Initial 4-Hour HIV/AIDS course
- Pay Null and Void Application Fees
- $63.50 for Cosmetology Licenses
- $75 for Nail Specialist, Facial Specialist (Esthetician), or Full Specialist Registrations
Cosmetologists, nail specialists, facial specialists, and full specialists should fill out “Cosmetologist License by Examination Based on Florida Education” (COSMO 1).
This is for cosmetologists, nail specialist, facial specialist, and full specialists only. The course can be taken online here: Initial 4-hour HIV/AIDS
Step 3: That Expired Cosmetology License is History! Get Back to Work
We how that you see that the process to change an expired cosmetology license back to active status is not that difficult. It just takes some time and energy. So, what happens after you get your license back?
Explore your options! You should have a better idea of the type of work environment you thrive in professionally. Do you want to work in a salon, rent a chair, or open your own Florida salon?
Place your resume on online job search sites, or social networking sites. Talk to former colleagues, instructors, or clients about potential openings, ideas, and suggestions. Be prepared to answer why you have been out of the field for a while. Keep a positive attitude about your skills and explain your efforts to re-enter the field and excel at your job.
Once you have decided exactly what you are looking for, be patient. Re-entering the cosmetology profession takes a lot of courage and resiliency. Do whatever it takes to pursue your professional dreams and aspirations. You certainly deserve that.
Whichever path you choose, the journey back to your license begins with a Florida Board of Cosmetology-approved course.
(Null and Void Applications – COSMO 7)
Are you ready to take that first step?