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Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2021.
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.
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 the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.
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 email@example.com to request your reactivation requirements.
If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.
The department will renew your license upon receipt of:
- Completed renewal application
- Required fees
- Go to www.flhealthsource.gov and click the “Renew A License” button.
- Enter your Personal Identifying Information (PII), then click the Login button.
- Confirm or update your MQA Services Account email address, then click the “Continue” button.
- You are now in the Dashboard. During renewals, a “Renew My License” option will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date. (Note: If you do not see the “Renew My License” option, please check back at a later time.)
*** If the “PII Failed” screen displays, click the “Other Login Option” button and enter your existing User ID and password to access your account.***
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
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||$120.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$55.00|
|Active to Inactive||$55.00|
|Inactive to Active||$170.00|
|Active to Retired||$55.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$55.00|
If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:
|Active to Active||$225.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$160.00|
|Active to Inactive||$265.00|
|Inactive to Active||$380.00|
|Active to Retired||$265.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$265.00|
If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:
|Active to Active||$355.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$215.00|
|Active to Inactive||$215.00|
|Inactive to Active||$405.00|
|Active to Retired||$290.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$215.00|
Licenses become Null & Void1 on April 1, 2021.
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.
1Null & Void -The licensed practitioner failed to renew their licensure status for two renewal cycles, resulting in their license expiring.
Continuing Education (CE) Requirements
|Required Subject Area||Required Number of Hours||Important Information|
|Medical Errors||2||Must be taken from a Board approved Medical Errors provider. Approved courses are listed in CEBroker.|
|Ethics and Boundaries||3|
|Laws and Rules||3||These hours are required every third biennium and are included in the 25 general hours.|
|Domestic Violence||2||These hours are required every third biennium and are included in the 25 general hours.|
|Qualified Supervisor Training||4||These hours are required every third biennium for Qualified Supervisors only and are included in the 25 general hours. NOTE: Not required for renewal until 03/31/2023|
First Biennium Renewal: Practitioners initially licensed and renewing a license for the first time are exempt from completing continuing education
Qualified Supervisor Continuing Education (CE) Renewal Requirements
On November 7, 2016 the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling amended rule 64B4-6.001(5) regarding continuing education for qualified supervisors (Q.S.). A qualified supervisor who was deemed qualified on or before March 31, 2017 must complete 4 hours of supervisor training continuing education before March 31, 2023. This requirement will reoccur every third biennium. The current biennium is not included in the calculation.
Biennium 1 = April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2019 [Not required, but if a Q.S. takes the course, it will reset their clock until third biennium.]
Biennium 2 = April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021 [Not required, but if a Q.S. takes the course, it will reset their clock until third biennium.]
Biennium 3 = April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023 [Required if the Q.S. did not take the course in one of the two previous cycles.]
A licensee deemed qualified between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2019 is required to complete the 4 hour course by March 31, 2025.
A licensee deemed qualified between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2021 is required to complete the 4 hour course by March 31, 2027.
Board Rule Approved Providers
- National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC);
- American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT);
- American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH);
- National Association of Social Work (NASW);
- American Psychological Association (APA);
- Clinical Social Work Federation (CSWF);
- Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB);
- American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP);
- American Psychiatric Association;
- International Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors (AMFC);
- American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB);
- American Counseling Association (ACA);
- American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA);
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); and
- Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)
Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Education per Biennium
- 3 hours general credits for attending a Board meeting
- Up to 10 hours for being a presenter or moderator
- Up to 5 hours for being an instructor of a graduate level course
- There are no limit on the number of hours earned through home study courses
- Sex Therapy or Hypnosis training covers all 25 general credits
- A qualified supervisor deemed qualified date is the date in which the Board approved the Qualified Supervisor application.
- A biennium is the two year period from April 1st of every odd year to March 31st of every odd year.
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