Ready to learn how to transfer a Cosmetology license from New York to Florida? This guide isn’t just for New York cosmetologists and stylists. We will also for nail specialists (nail techs), facial specialists (estheticians), and barbers.
If you are looking to transfer one of these licenses to Florida from somewhere other than New York, you should check out this other article for step by step instructions on transferring your license. Massage therapists, you can visit this website for more information on transferring your massage license to Florida.
New Yorkers, keep reading.
Whether you are permanently moving to Florida or looking to temporarily escape the New York winters, transferring your license from another state can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. how to transfer a Cosmetology license to from New York to Florida To make this transition as quick and easy as possible, we have broken down the necessary steps you need to complete in order to obtain a license or registration to legally work in the state of Florida.
How to Transfer a Cosmetology License From New York to Florida
First, in Florida, Cosmetologists, Nail Specialists, Facial and Full specialists are all under the authority of the Florida Cosmetology Board. Barbers and Massage therapists each have their own board. And hair braiders are no longer regulated in Florida as of July 1, 2020.
But something good actually happened in 2020. Florida made it much easier for out-of-state cosmetologists to get licensed in Florida, especially New York cosmetologists.
For cosmetologists, to qualify for licensure in Florida by endorsement without having to take an examination, you need an active license in New York, or another state, whose requirements for licensure are comparable to Florida.
Previously, New York was not on Florida’s “list of acceptable states” for endorsement. However, now with the 2020 law change, the endorsement process is much easier and many New York cosmetologists do not need to take the Florida cosmetology exam in order to get licensed in Florida. If you have an active cosmetology license in New York, you can now look at the endorsement application, Cosmetologist License by Endorsement (COSMO 4-B).
Other Registrations: Nail Specialists and Facial Specialists/Estheticians
If you have an active nail specialty or esthetician license, you can apply to Florida via endorsement. Links to the application and the HIV/AIDS course requirement are below.
If your license is not active in NYS (Nail and Facial Specialists/Estheticians)
If you do not have an active license, or are still in school in NYS, you do not meet the endorsement requirement and will likely need to apply initially or make your NYS license active and then apply by endorsement.
Because New York State does not have a specific hours requirement, I suggest you contact the Florida Barber Board about the licensing requirements.
Your Next Steps
Complete a Florida Board-approved HIV/AIDS course
All cosmetology board applicants must complete a Florida Cosmetology Board approved 4-Hour HIV/AIDS course and send documentation of the completed course in with the application. Our online 4-hour HIV course can be found here.
Find your Application
You may notice that Florida has a number of applications for each license and specialty. Make sure to find the correct application for your specific field (cosmetology, nail specialist, facial specialist, or full specialist) and your current license situation).
Verify Your License
Don’t forget to verify your current license if you apply by endorsement. To do that, contact the state where you are licensed and have the license certification is to be sent to the Department. If mailed, the certification is to be sent to the address on the application.
Be One Step Closer Today
Again, here are the two courses needed by most Cosmetology and Barber Board applicants. These courses can be completed quickly and easily online for under $20. Complete these courses now and you can be one step closer to your dream job in the Sunshine State today.
Cosmetologists, Estheticians, and Nail Techs:
Barbers, below is your 2-hour HIV course registration link:
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