TThe Florida Retail Federation’s Beauty Industry Council was created to help support and enhance Florida’s multi-billion dollar a year beauty and cosmetology industry. From barbers and massage therapists to hair wrappers and nail technicians, BIC advocates on behalf of each of these industry professions and more.

Q: Is Florida's beauty industry regulated?
A: Florida’s beauty industry is licensed and regulated. That means you need to be on top of government fees, forms and paperwork. Your membership in the Beauty Industry Council gives you access to experienced advocates who can connect you with the right people in the Department of Revenue and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Q: Can BIC assist me with my professional license?
A: Yes! Are you in school and getting ready to apply for your license? Worried about your current professional license and keeping yourself in good standing with the State of Florida? Ever had a question or issue with government paperwork? You can obtain a license by endorsement, examination, or as a business entity. Florida does not automatically recognize licenses issued by other states, so if you have just moved to Florida and want to keep working here, there are special requirements you have to meet. The Beauty Industry Council also provides assistance in navigating the application for licensure process for students of eligible member schools.

Joining the Beauty Industry Council is a smart investment if your profession involves a state license issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We are the industry experts. As a member of the Beauty Industry Council, you can call our staff any time to answer your questions. We can help you with determining if you have the appropriate number of course hours, have submitted a complete application with the appropriate fees, passed the required examination, and have completed the required educational hours.

Q: In what categories does the State of Florida offer cosmetology licenses?
A: The State of Florida offers cosmetology licenses in the following categories: Cosmetology, Manicuring/Pedicuring/Nail Extensions, and Facials. Florida also requires registration for the following services and service providers:

  • Hair Braiding
  • Hair Wrapping
  • Cosmetology Salons
  • Specialty Salons
  • Mobile Cosmetology Salons
  • Body Wrapping

Q: Who can I contact to get help expediting my license application?
A: For assistance processing your applications contact Shelby Cash Dotson at

Q: Where can I find more information about licensing?
A: For more information on getting licensed in the beauty industry in the State of Florida, visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s website , and then call us at 850.222.4082 to talk about becoming Beauty Industry Council member.