Licensed Massage Establishment (Change of Name and/or Location)


Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Initial Licensing Requirements, Process, Fees, Statutes and Administrative Rules for a Licensed Massage Establishment (Change of Name and/or Location).

To change the location or name of a Licensed Massage Establishment, the requirements are as follows and can be found in Section 480.043, F.S.:

  1. A license may be transferred from one location to another only after inspection and approval by the board and receipt of an application and inspection fee.
  2. A license may be transferred from one business name to another after approval by the board and receipt of an application fee.

Please Note: The owner(s) or corporation(s) are/is required to maintain property damage and bodily injury liability insurance coverage on the massage establishment.

  • Proof of insurance must list the exact business name, address and owner(s) of the establishment as listed on the application.
  • Only the licensed massage therapist who is the owner of the establishment may use insurance from a professional association to satisfy this requirement for establishment licensure.
  • For more information regarding types of insurance please contact a licensed insurance agent directly.

Applicants with Criminal History

Any applicant who has ever been found guilty of, or pled guilty or no contest/nolo contendre to any charge other than a minor traffic offense must list each offense on the application. Failure to disclose criminal history may result in denial of your application. Each application is reviewed on its own merits.

The Board of Massage Therapy has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the board office; however, staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Violent crimes and repeat offenders are required to be presented to the Board of Massage Therapy for review. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the board members when making licensure decisions.

Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following documentation to the board:

Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense.

Final Dispositions/Arrest Records – Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions – Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Letters of Recommendation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit 3-5 professional letters of recommendation from people you have worked for or with.

Applicants with Discipline History

Applicants who have ever been denied licensure, had disciplinary action taken against their license, or have action pending against their license to practice any health care related profession by a licensing authority are required to submit the following documentation to the board:

Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed disciplinary action on the application must submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the action.

Agency Records – All relevant documentation regarding the action should be sent to the board office by the licensing agency. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on agency letterhead sent from the licensing agency attesting to their unavailability.

Applicants with Health History

Applicants who answer yes to any of the health history questions on the application are required to submit the following documentation to the board:

Self-Explanation – Applicants must submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances. Include a description of all treatments and diagnoses you received for any condition/impairment you were treated for. Include all medications prescribed and all physicians/counselors seen. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the board members when making licensure decisions.

Physician(s) Letter – Applicants must submit a statement from your treating physician/ counselor for each condition you are/were being treated for and whether or not you are able to practice massage therapy. Include all DSM IIIR/ DSM IV, Axis I, II, and III diagnoses.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    1. For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    2. For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    3. For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.

Change of Name Application

Submit application with the appropriate fees to the board office.

Once all an application has been received it will be reviewed by Board staff.

Massage Establishment licensure is non-transferrable from one owner to another. If Board staff determines that ownership has changed, you will need to reapply for massage establishment licensure.

Change of Location Application

Submit application with the appropriate fees to the board office.

Once all an application has been received it will be reviewed by Board staff. It may be necessary for Board staff to request additional information. Once all requirements for licensure are met, Board staff will flag the proposed establishment for inspection.

Once Board staff receives a passing inspection result a license will be issued and should be received in the mail within 7-10 working days.

Massage Establishment licensure is non-transferrable from one owner to another. If Board staff determines that ownership has changed, you will need to reapply for massage establishment licensure.

Change of Location & Name

Submit application with the appropriate fees to the board office.

Once all an application has been received it will be reviewed by Board staff. It may be necessary for Board staff to request additional information. Once all requirements for licensure are met, Board staff will flag the proposed establishment for inspection.

Once Board staff receives a passing inspection result a license will be issued and should be received in the mail within 7-10 working days.

Massage Establishment licensure is non-transferrable from one owner to another. If Board staff determines that ownership has changed, you will need to reapply for massage establishment licensure.

Change of Name Application Fee – $25.00 (non-refundable)

Change of Location Fee Application (includes inspection fee) – $125.00 (non-refundable)

Change of Location & Name Fee – $125.00 (non-refundable)

Make cashier’s check or money orders payable to: “Department of Health.”

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View Florida Statutes

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

Florida Administrative Codes

Chapter 64B7: Board of Massage