I have talked to many massage therapists over the past few years who have stepped away from the massage profession, then find themselves ready to get their license back. Often they do not know where to start.
To tell you the truth, reinstating a license confuses me sometimes, too. But I do have a few things to share that I have learned from my experience of helping others get their Florida massage licenses.
My goal is to help you get your license back without a lot of stress and confusion.
If you are in this situation, you most likely want to know:
How many continuing education courses do I need?
Do I need to take the MBLEx or NCETMB exam again?
I will answer this one now – No. Your NCETMB and MBLEx scores do not expire. You may need to resubmit them, but you do not need to retake them.
Who do I contact?
What do I do next?
I promise I will get to all that, but first we need to figure out your current license status, and if it is “inactive -delinquent/active” or “null and void”.
So let’s figure that out
1. Get out your old massage license number.
2. Go here and type in your license number with the MA prefix.
3. Click – “Find Provider”
A box should load. Under the License/Activity Status it will say if your license is “delinquent/active” or “null and void” – Your goal is to get to “clear/active”.
Inactive or Delinquent/Active
If you have only missed ONE renewal period (As of this blog publish date this would be licenses that expired 8/31/2011). Your license is not valid, it is inactive or delinquent/active; meaning you failed to renew by the expiration date. With this status, you are not allowed to practice in Florida.
Here is what Florida Law says about Inactive, or Delinquent licenses:
64B7-28.0042 Requirements for Reactivation of an Inactive License.
An inactive license shall be reactivated upon demonstration that the licensee has paid the reactivation fee set forth in Rule 64B7-27.011, F.A.C., and has complied with the following requirements:
(1) As a condition to the reactivation of an inactive license, a massage therapist must submit proof of having completed the appropriate continuing education requirements as set forth in Rule 64B7-28.009, F.A.C.
Okay so here is what you need to do to get your license back:
1. Pay the reactivation fee.
2. Show proof of completing your required CE hours (# of hours varies from person to person).
After you complete those tasks, your status will change to clear/active. You will not receive a new license number. So you can use that link above to check your status during this process (Or click here).
How many hours of continuing education do you need?
That is a tricky question! It really depends on if this was your first renewal and how far we are currently into the biennial.
My recommendation is to contact the Board of Massage. Contact information, and tips about contacting the Board, are provided at the bottom of this post.
Null and Void
So what is “null and void” mean?
This means you missed 2 (or more) renewal periods.
Delinquent licenses that expired on August 31, 2009 became “null and void” on September 1, 2011.
If you let your license expire in 2011, the 2013 renewal is coming (August 31st). After that date, your license will be “null and void”.
This is what the Florida Law and Rules say about null and void licenses:
64B7-28.0042(2) However, any licensee whose license has been inactive for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who has not practiced for two out of the previous four years in another jurisdiction shall be required to appear before the Board and establish the ability to practice with the care and skill sufficient to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. At the time of such appearance, the licensee must:
(a) Show compliance with subsection (1) above;
(b) Account for any activities related to the practice of massage therapy in this or any other jurisdiction during the period that the license was inactive and establish an absence of malpractice or disciplinary actions pending in any jurisdiction;
(c) Prove compliance with Section 456.065, F.S., and subsection 64B7-28.001(2), F.A.C.
In a way, Florida is trying to save you some money. Really. Instead of showing proof of 48 hours (or more) of continuing education and paying multiple renewal fees, you are going to need to start from the beginning. Don’t worry, most of the hard work is over.
Contact the Board of Massage to verify that this is your best option. Contact information, and tips about contacting the Board, are provided at the bottom of this post.
You will likely need to:
1. Send in new application and fee.
2. I have heard some people say that the BOM does keep your school transcript on file, as well as your NCETMB/MBLEx scores. However, I have not verified this. You should be prepared to:
Send in school transcript again.
Send in MBLEx or NCETMB Test Scores again.
3. If you have not previously taken 10 hours of Florida Massage Law and Rules, you will need to take this course as well.
You will get a brand new license number.
I have never heard of anyone needing to appear before the Board, but I am sure it happens. The law says you should be prepared to do this.
Who cannot reactivate their license?
Florida rules state:
(3) The Department shall not reactivate the license of any massage therapist who has:
(a) Committed any act or offense in this or any other jurisdiction which would constitute the basis for disciplining a licensee pursuant to Section 480.046, F.S.
(b) Failed to comply with the provisions of Section 456.034, F.S., and subsections 64B7-28.001(2) and (3), F.A.C.
Ready to Contact the Florida Board of Massage?
Contacting the Board of Massage is somewhat of an art. Below is some information you will need to provide when you call or email.
If you just send an email saying “I need my license reinstated. How do I do that?” be fully prepared for a return email with copy and pasted Florida Law and Rules. This will only add to your confusion and frustration.
To avoid that, here are some specific questions you should ask, so you can get specific answers.
You can copy and paste the below and fill in your information:
License Expired 8/31/XXXX
How many CE hours do I need if I reinstated my license?
How many of those hours need to be live / contact hours? (The remaining can be online.)
How many hours of the following courses am I required to complete? Prevention of Medical Errors, Professional Ethics, Florida Law and Rules Update?
What is the fee to reinstate my license now?
Email: [email protected]
Licensure Support Services
Monday through Friday | 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Department of Health
Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256
For Applications and Fees (Regular Mail)
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330
I cannot answer every scenario in this post, but you can always leave a comment below with your question. I would be more than happy to help out! Or feel free to send me a quick email.
If you need some CE courses mentioned above, I have those available here.