Renew Your License in 3 Simple Steps
- Buy this 16-hour renewal package. (It includes all the CE required for renewal of cosmetology, nail, facial, and full specialist licenses. And it works on any device.)
- Complete the course exam. (It’s open book style, with unlimited attempts. You can’t fail.)
- Complete the renewal application. (We’ll send you the renewal link as soon as you complete the exam. P.S. There are no Board renewal fees in 2019!)
Renewal Information and FAQ’s
Whether this is your first or fifth renewal, we know your time is valuable and we want to help you complete your continuing education renewal requirements in a simple and easy to use format.
Maybe you know exactly which courses you need to renew your license and want to get started. If you do, go ahead and click here to complete this 16-hour Florida Cosmetology Board-Approved course now.
If you have some other questions before you begin, keep reading. We are going to answer the most common questions we receive about renewing a Florida license or registration.
When do I renew my license?
Not everyone licensed or registered by the Board of Cosmetology renews at the same time. You belong to one of two renewal groups. All licenses and registrations issued by the Cosmetology Board need to be renewed biennially, or every two years.
These licenses and registrations expire October 31st of odd years (2019, 2021, 2023).
These licenses and registrations expire October 31st of even years (2020, 2022, 2024).
If you do not know which group you belong to, check your displayed license, or look online here.
What courses are required to renew my license or registration issued by the Board of Cosmetology?
All Florida licensed cosmetologists or registered specialists (Nail, Facial, and Full Specialists) are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education each biennial period before renewing their license.
There is a minimum number of hours required in each of these topics:
- 3 hours of Sanitation and Sterilization
- 2 hours of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases
- 2 hours of Florida and Federal Laws and Rules
- 2 hours of Chemical Makeup related to the Hair, Skin, and Nails
- 1 hour of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
- 1 hour of issues of Workers’ Compensation related to Florida law
- 1 hour of Environmental Issues
- 4 hours of Continuing Education Electives
The electives include additional instruction in any of the courses approved by the State of Florida for the purpose of continuing education.
Electives may include (not exhaustive): sugaring, threading, airbrush techniques, waxing refresher, retail, self-care, or human trafficking. The course must be approved by the Florida Board of Cosmetology.
All of the above courses add up to 16 hours of continuing education.
There are different continuing education requirements for other registrations regulated by the Board of Cosmetology. This includes:
- Hair Braiders
- Hair Wrappers
- Body Wrappers
Florida registered Hair Braiders, Hair Wrappers, and Body Wrappers must complete a 2 hour HIV/AIDS continuing education update course each renewal. There are no other CE requirements for these registrations.
Can I take the course package online?
Yes! Florida allows all professions under the cosmetology board to complete all of the required renewal courses online. There is not a hands-on/live requirement to renew a license or registration.
How much does it cost to renew my license or registrations?
Important Note! For the 2019 renewal, the Board of Cosmetology has authorized a “Renewal Holiday“!
This means the Board is “waiving all fees for license renewals for active and inactive licenses. Therefore, no payment is required for renewal. However, licensees are still required to comply with the continuing education requirements.”
So, after you complete the course exam, we report your credits, and you can log in to to your account on the Board of Cosmetology website and print your renewed license!
Here are the current biennial license and registration renewal fees (when there isn’t a “renewal holiday”):
- Cosmetology License: $45
- Specialty Registrations
- Nail Specialist: $45
- Facial Specialist: $45
- Full Specialist: $45
- Salon Licenses
- Cosmetology Salons: $45
- Mobile Cosmetology Salon: $45
Each of the above fees includes a $5 unlicensed activity (ULA) fee.
If you are a hair braider, hair wrapper, or body wrapper, click here for your renewal information.
There are no continuing education requirements for salon or mobile salon licenses. All Salon licenses expire on November 30th (11/30) of even years (2020, 2022, 2024).
I let my license or registration expire and would like to get it active again? How do I do that?
There are a few people that do not need this course. If you have missed only one renewal deadline, simply complete this 16-hour continuing education requirements and pay the renewal fee.
Null and Void Status
If you have missed more than one renewal deadline for your cosmetology board license, it is now considered “null and void.”
A null and void license or registration cannot be reinstated unless the applicant demonstrates that he or she failed to renew the license due to an illness or economic hardship. If that does not apply to you, you will need to apply for a new license number.
In both these situations you must complete a board-approved initial 4-hour HIV/AIDS course instead of the 16-hour renewal course. Submit the 4-hour HIV course completion certificate with your application.
Need an online 4-hour HIV/AIDS course to your license reinstated? Click here to complete the 4-hour HIV/AIDS course.
Now that we have cleared that up, let’s get back to the 16-hour continuing education course for renewing a cosmetology (hairstylist), nail specialist (nail tech), facial specialist (esthetician), or full specialist license.
Ready to Renew Your License? Get Started With Step 1
If you are ready to complete the 16-hour Florida Board of Cosmetology renewal package and start your license renewal, the first thing you need to do is register and purchase the below course.
Complete the course, renew your license, and then get back to enjoying the Florida sun and making your clients feel and look their best.
Hopefully, we have answered all the questions you have about renewing your license or registration. If you still have other questions, let us know.