Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)


Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Education (CE) for a Massage Therapist.

Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on August 31, 2017.

Licensed Massage Therapists are renewed by the department on August 31, every odd year (i.e., August 31, 2013).

To ensure you receive your renewal notification from the department, your current mailing address must be on file. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

Licensees requesting to reactivate their license from inactive or retired status are required to pay additional fees and comply with specific continuing education requirements. Please contact the board office at info@floridasphysicaltherapy.gov to request your reactivation requirements.

There have been changes to the license renewal process. Please visit CE @ Renewal to learn more.

Reactivation of Inactive License

Licensees who wish to reactivate their Inactive Massage Therapist license must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a statement to the board requesting reactivation of license with the applicable fee.
  2. Submit proof of completion of continuing education requirements for each biennium the license was in Inactive status.

Click here for a list of CE requirements per biennium.

A licensee who remained on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

At least 90 days before your license expires, the department will mail you a renewal notification postcard to your last known mailing address of record. You will have until midnight on the day your license expires to renew. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to become active or inactive before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

Renewal Instructions:
Please select the answer below that best applies to you for further instructions.

Have you registered for an account and linked your license in the new MQA Online Services Portal?

No, I have not registered for a new account

  1. Click the Renew Online button.
  2. Select your board and profession and click Submit.
  3. If you have not created an account in the new MQA Online Services Portal, select Click HERE for New User Registration. Please note that your user ID and password mailed with your physical license will no longer work with our new system. You must register for a new account using a valid email address.
  4. Follow the prompts to create your new account.
  5. After you Sign In with your new user ID and password, you will then be prompted by a 3-step process to link your license to your account before you can renew. You will need three (3) items:
    1. Your social security number
    2. Your date of birth
    3. Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health (Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your renewal postcard or your physical license)
  6. Once you have successfully linked your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your Quick Start Menu.
  7. During renewals, a “It is time to Renew” message will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “It is time to Renew” message, please check back at a later time). Under It is time to Renew, select Renewal Application to submit your renewal application and payment.

Yes, I have registered for an account, but I have not linked my license

  1. Click the Renew Online button.
  2. Select your board and profession and click Submit.
  3. If you have an account but have not linked your license to your account, enter your user ID and password, then click Sign In.
  4. Once on your account, you must select Add My License or Previous Application to link your license. You will then be prompted by a 3-step process to link your license to your account before you can renew. You will need three (3) items:
    1. Your social security number
    2. Your date of birth
    3. Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health (Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your renewal postcard or your physical license)
  5. Once you have successfully linked your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your Quick Start Menu.
  6. During renewals, a “It is time to Renew” message will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “It is time to Renew” message, please check back at a later time). Under It is time to Renew, select Renewal Application to submit your renewal application and payment.

Yes, I have registered for a new account and linked my license

  1. Click the Renew Online button.
  2. Select your board and profession and click Submit.
  3. If you have already created an account, enter your user ID and password, then click Sign In.
  4. During renewals, a “It is time to Renew” message will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “It is time to Renew” message, please check back at a later time). Under It is time to Renew, select Renewal Application to submit your renewal application and payment.

Additional Information:

  • The process of renewing a license and receiving a printed license in the mail may take 7-10 business days. Initiating contact to confirm the receipt of fees or the status of your license prior to this time will not expedite the renewal process.
  • You may renew online if you have a credit or debit card to complete the transaction. Please note that you can now renew online, print a copy of your application summary and mail it with your cashier’s check or money order to:
    Division of Medical Quality Assurance
    P.O. Box 6320
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320
  • If you are renewing your license after the expiration date and your status still indicates Clear/Active or Clear/Inactive, you will be assessed a delinquency fee. The delinquency fee will be in addition to your renewal fees.
  • If your license was Delinquent/Active or Delinquent/Inactive before the renewal deadline, it will be moved to Null and Void status after the renewal deadline. A Null & Void license cannot be reactivated. If you wish to be licensed in Florida and have a Null &Void license you will need to reapply for licensure.
  • A licensee whose license is in inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles may be required to demonstrate competency to resume active practice before reactivating the license. Sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements may be required

Note: Report continuing education credits to the Department of Health through our CE tracking system at www.cebroker.com. Do not submit certificates of completion of continuing education hours

Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.

If renewing BEFORE your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active$105.00
Inactive to Inactive$105.00
Active to Inactive$105.00
Inactive to Active$205.00
Active to Retired$55.00
Inactive to Retired$55.00

If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active$205.00
Inactive to Inactive$205.00
Active to Inactive$255.00
Inactive to Active$355.00
Active to Retired$205.00
Inactive to Retired$205.00

If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:

Active to Active$310.00
Inactive to Inactive$310.00
Active to Inactive$310.00
Inactive to Active$410.00
Active to Retired$260.00
Inactive to Retired$260.00

Licenses become Null & Void1 on September 1, 2017.

 

By submitting the appropriate renewal fees to the department, a licensee acknowledges compliance with all requirements for renewal, including continuing education.

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

 

 

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 1Null & Void -The licensed practitioner failed to renew their licensure status for two renewal cycles, resulting in their license expiring.

First Biennial Renewal Only

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

REQUIRED SUBJECT AREAREQUIRED NUMBER OF HOURSIMPORTANT INFORMATION
Prevention of Medical Errors2This course is required for all licensed health care practitioners per section 456.013(7), F.S.
General Hours1 hour of CE for each month or partial month that has elapsed since the issuance of the license.Although there are no specific CE subject area requirements for first time renewals, ALL remaining courses must be taken with one of the approved providers listed below to be accepted.

* One hour per month is not literalYou may complete these hours at any time prior to the renewal deadline. For example, if you are licensed for 12 months, you will need 12 total hours, including the two hour Prevention of Medical Errors course.

Following Your First Renewal

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

REQUIRED SUBJECT AREAREQUIRED NUMBER OF HOURSIMPORTANT INFORMATION
Live Hours12At least 12 hours must be taken live and must be relevant to and focused on massage therapy techniques, which may include:

  • the history of massage,
  • human anatomy & physiology,
  • kinesiology, and/or
  • pathology.

These hours must be completed via live classroom instruction (including hands-on instruction or demonstration).

General Hours6The remaining 6 general hours may include, but are not limited to:

  • courses in communication with clients and other professionals;
  • insurance relating to third party payment or reimbursement for services;
  • psychological dynamics of the client-therapist relations;
  • risk management, including charting, documentation, record keeping or infection control or massage practice management.
Prevention of Medical Errors2This course is required for all licensed health care practitioners per section 456.013(7), Florida Statutes.
Laws and Rules2Course covering the Medical Practice Act (Chapter 456, F.S.), the Massage Practice Act (Chapter 480, F.S.) and Rule Title 64B7, F.A.C. which govern the practice of Massage Therapy
Professional Ethics2This course is required by rule 64B7-28.009(2)(c), F.A.C.

All courses must be board approved.

Board Approved Courses
Board approved courses and providers can be found on CE Broker (www.CEBroker.com) or through Board approved Massage Schools. Courses offered through the following organizations are also approved:

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA)
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Florida Chapter of American Massage Therapy Association

Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Education

  • Two hours of Florida Laws and Rules and two hours of Professional Ethics can be met by attending four continuous hours of an in-person Board of Massage Therapy meeting.
  • Four general hours credit can be met for adult cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if the course is sponsored by: the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the American Safety and Health Institute, or is instructed by persons certified to instruct courses for those organizations.
  • Licensees may receive up to six hours of continuing education credits per biennium for the performance of pro bono services, pursuant to Rule 64B7-28.0095, F.A.C.
    1. In order to receive credit, the licensee must receive prior approval from the board by submitting a formal request for approval on the Request for Approval of Continuing Education for Pro Bono Services form.
    2. Upon completion of the approved pro bono services, the licensee must submit the Statement of Performance of Continuing Education Credits for Preapproved Pro Bono Services form. Credit shall be given on an hour per hour basis.

Approval for pro bono services is only granted for the biennium for which it is sought. The licensee must request approval for each biennium in which they wish to receive credit for pro bono services.

Florida Statute

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 480: Massage Practice

Florida Administrative Code

Rules: Chapter 64B7: Board of Massage
Rules: Chapter 64B: Division of Medical Quality Assurance