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.

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

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

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.

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.

You may RENEW ONLINE if:
  • You do not need to change the status of your license.
  • You have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • Your license status is not ‘Military, Active’.
  • 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 and you should contact your Board office for instruction.
You may RENEW ONLINE if:
  1. Click the “Renew Online” button above.
  2. Enter your user name and password
    • Please note your user ID and password were mailed with your physical license.
    • If you are having trouble accessing your account, please try the alternate login process, located at the bottom of the login screen.
    • If you require further assistance, please contact the MQA Communication Center at 850-488-0595.
  3. Click “Renew License” from the column on the left hand side of the page.

After logging in to the renewal system, licensees will be prompted to answer a series of questions and required to provide certain information, if appropriate. The renewal process typically takes 10-15 minutes and licensees pay their renewal fee by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover when they are done.

You may RENEW BY MAIL if:
  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • You do NOT have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • You need to request a name change
  • Your license is in ‘Military, Active’ status.
To Print Your Renewal Notice:
  1. Click the “Renew Online” button above.
  2. Enter your user name and password
    • Please note your user ID and password will be mailed with your renewal notification.
    • If you do not know your user ID and password, select “Get Login Help?”
  3. Once you are properly logged in, you may print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option.

Information for requesting a Name Change

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature. Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • a divorce decree showing the name change
  • a court order showing the name change (Adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the department has a question about the authenticity of the document. A social security card is not considered legal documentation.

Please Note: The last four digits of the SSN are requested as required by DOH Policy Number DOHP 385-LS05-12 Name Changes for Existing Licensees, which was established for security purposes due to past instances of fraudulent activity.

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 March 1, 2016.

 

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 AREA REQUIRED NUMBER OF HOURS IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Prevention of Medical Errors 2
1 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.

The one hour per month is not literal. You are required to have a total of 1 hour per month.  For example, if licensed for 12 months, you will need 12 total hours, which must include two hours in the prevention of medical errors. 

Following Your First Renewal

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

REQUIRED SUBJECT AREA REQUIRED NUMBER OF HOURS IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Live Hours 12 At least 12 hours must be taken live and relevant to and focus 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 Hours 6 The 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.
Medical Error 2
Laws and Rules 2  Laws and Rules governing the Massage Therapy Act
Professional Ethics 2

All of the above courses must be taken with a Board Approved Provider listed below.

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CE Reporting Information →

Continuing Education for Pro Bono Services

Licensees may receive up to six (6) 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 they wish to receive credit for pro bono services.

Board Approved Providers

  • Course approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy listed in CEBroker.com
  • Courses offered by a Board approved Massage School
  • 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 

  • The two (2) hours of laws and rules and two (2) hours of professional ethics can be met by attending four (4) continuous hours of a Board of Massage Therapy meeting.
  • Six (6) LIVE hours may be completed via performance of pro bono service pursuant to Rule 64B7-28.0095, F.A.C. Please click on the link above titled “Continuing Education for Pro Bono Services” for more information.
  • Four (4) GENERAL hours credit may be given for adult cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provided 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.

Helpful Information

  • Home Study videos may not exceed 5 hours per subject

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

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