If you have a cosmetology license from certain states and territories, you may be eligible to obtain a Florida cosmetology license by endorsement. However, please note that you may not obtain a Florida cosmetology license if your license is from another country. (Are you licensed as a cosmetologist in a foreign country? Learn more about obtaining a Florida cosmetology license by examination here.)
Application requirements include the following:
An applicant must hold a valid license to practice cosmetology in another state. If the state in which you are licensed is not included on the list of approved states, but you completed at least 1,200 hours of schooling and passed a written exam prior to admittance as a cosmetologist, you may qualify for licensure by endorsement. Approved territories include Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. A list of approved states may be found HERE.
Applicants for licensure by endorsement must be at least 16 years of age.
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All applicants must have completed at least 1,200 educational hours, comparable or more stringent than those required in Florida, and must have passed a written examination.
No additional exam is required if you qualify for licensure by endorsement.
You must pay the required fee as provided in the application. However, military veterans, their spouses, and Florida National Guard members may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, and/or fee discount.
You must complete the required application: Form # DBPR COSMO 4-B.
For more information, go HERE or call the DBPR Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395.