The Florida Board Of Cosmetology is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations through inspections, investigation into complaints submitted by consumers and conducts hearings, imposes penalties and enforces actions when they deem necessary. Through education and the enforcement of the cosmetology laws in FL, the state board ensures the safety, welfare and public health by regulating the salons, schools and individuals who practice cosmetology. The list of the board members who are part of the Florida Board of Cosmetology are listed below:

State Board Members

Member Position Location
Ms. Laurel Candelario Licensed Cosmetologists Tampa, Florida
Ms. Adrienne Harvey Licensed Cosmetologists Bunnell, Florida
Ms. Robin Tabano
Licensed Cosmetologists Tallahassee, Florida
Ms. Rhonda Griffis
(Vice Chair)
Licensed Cosmetologists Lake Worth, Florida
Mr. Jared Sutherland Licensed Cosmetologists Ft. Myers, Florida
Ms. Fran Poppell Consumer Members Tallahassee, Florida
Ms. Stephania Streit Consumer Members Pensacola, Florida
Ms. Lynette Norr Board Counsel Attorney General's Office
Tallahassee, Florida

They also issue licenses for to individuals who qualify for reciprocity or through the state boards administration of a written and practical examination to schools and salons. To find out how to apply for a new license, renew an existing one or find out how many hours for cosmetology license in Florida, check out the Florida Cosmetology License page for additional information. The list of categories the state board issues licenses for are below:

  • Available License Categories
  • Cosmetologist
  • Nail Specialist
  • Facial Specialist
  • Full Specialist
  • Hair Braider
  • Hair Wrapper
  • Body Wrapper
  • Cosmetology Salon

If you need to obtain a cosmetology license, renew an existing one, or want to open up a salon or go to school, then in most cases there are fees involved. We list all available fees for this state below. We recommend to call the Florida State Board Of Cosmetology if you cannot find the fee information you are looking for below, or if you need to know how to pay your fees and what type of payments they accept.

License Type Fee
Cosmetology Salon $45
Cosmetologist $45
Nail Specialist $45
Facial Specialist $45
Full Specialist $45
Hair Braider $25
Hair Wrapper $25
Body Wrapper $25

Florida Cosmetology License Lookup

If you are planning to setup an appointment with a local salon, it is recommended that you first verify the professional or business license. You can do that online for the state of Florida by visiting From there you can search for the person or business and see if there are any disciplinary actions on record. This will allow you to make an informed decision about the person and or business providing your service.

Filing a Complaint

Part of the duties of the Florida Board of Cosmetology is receiving and investigating consumer complaints involving unlawful acts which may include:

  • False advertisement
  • Violations of health
  • Deceptive statements
  • Sanitation regulations
  • Unlicensed person
  • Malpractice or incompetence

If you feel like you have experienced one of these issues listed above, or have information about a specific incident, then you would need to submit your complaint. If you have issues or questions about the complaint process outlined below, then it is recommended you contact the state board for assistance.

Complaints against the regulated professionals or professions may be filed with Complaints Unit in Tallahassee or any Regional Office. You may file a complaint online or download a complaint form and forward it to one of our Regional offices.

File complaint against a licensee or individual suspected of performing unlicensed activity

The professions and businesses regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the disciplinary action that may be taken is administrative in nature, e.g., reprimand, fine, restriction of practice, remedial education, administrative cost, probation, license suspension or license revocation. The Department cannot represent you in civil matters to recover fees paid or seek remedies for injuries. You may wish to consult a private attorney regarding these matters. Relevant documentation includes, but is not limited to, copies of the following as applicable:

  • Contracts/Proposal
  • Invoices
  • Proof of Payment
  • Advertisements
  • Correspondence
  • Authorization for Release of Patient Information Form (Vets)
  • Community Association Manager (CAM)
  • Management Contract (CAM)
  • Covenants and By-Laws (CAM)
  • Building Permit (Electrical and Construction)
  • Lien(s) (Electrical and Construction)

They request that you send legible copies of your supporting documents. They are unable to return original documents to you. Should additional documentation be requested and not received by the Department within 30 days of the request, the file may be closed. If an investigation of any subject is undertaken, the Department will furnish the subject or the subject's attorney a copy of the complaint or document that resulted in the initiation of the investigation.

Pursuant to Chapter 455, Florida Statutes, the complaint and all information obtained pursuant to the investigation by the Department are confidential and exempt from public records requests until 10 days after probable cause is found to exist, or until the subject of the investigation waives his or her privilege of confidentiality, whichever occurs first. However, the exemption does not apply to actions against unlicensed persons or unless otherwise provided by law. Investigations differ in complexity and duration, so providing a time of completion is not possible.

The Division or Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by the DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules, and standards set by the Legislature are followed. Additionally, they can assist consumers in obtaining a remedy for financial harm through Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Here are some tips on preparing your complaint. Make a list of things you want to say. Try your best to separate your feelings from the facts. Present the events in the order of which they happened, use dates and times if possible. When submitting your complaint, please make sure to provide copies of documents, for example contracts, letters, advertisements, sakes slips, cancelled checks, warranties and any other documentation that can support your claim. Only provide copies, keep the original copies for your own record. Please remember, the complaint should describe the event or practice which misled you. If you can, please also state why the practice was misleading.

If you still have questions or issues about your complaint or about cosmetology, then use the contact information listed below. We provide the Florida Board Of Cosmetology phone number, office address and how to access their departments website.

  • State Board Office Location
  • Florida Board of Cosmetology
    2601 Blair Stone Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the Florida State Board of Cosmetology phone number 850-487-1395. Their fax number is 866-888-1176.

  • State Board Website
  • You can acccess the Florida state board online by going to