The Board has made every effort to include the information you need to renew your license on this website. You can visit our Help Center, FAQs and Resources page for frequently asked questions, links, forms, applications and other helpful information. If you have additional questions about your renewal process, please contact a renewal specialist.
Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Education (CE) for Occupational Therapists & Assistants.
Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on February 28, 2017.
To ensure you receive your renewal notification from the department, your current mailing address must be on file. To verify or update your address visit: www.flhealthsource.gov and login to your account. 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.
If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.
For additional information please review our Frequently Asked Questions under: Licensee & Renewal FAQs.
The department will renew your license upon receipt of:
- Completed renewal application
- Required fees
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.
|Instructions for Renew Online:|
- Click the “Renew Online” button above.
- 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.
- 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:|
- Click the “Renew Online” button above.
- 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?”
- 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||$60.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$60.00|
|Active to Inactive||$60.00|
|Inactive to Active||$160.00|
|Active to Retired||$55.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$55.00|
If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:
|Active to Active||$115.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$115.00|
|Active to Inactive||$165.00|
|Inactive to Active||$265.00|
|Active to Retired||$160.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$160.00|
If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:
|Active to Active||$175.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$175.00|
|Active to Inactive||$175.00|
|Inactive to Active||$275.00|
|Active to Retired||$170.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$170.00|
Licenses become Null & Void1 on March 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.
1Null & Void -The licensed practitioner failed to renew their licensure status for two renewal cycles, resulting in their license expiring.
The information provided is an overview only and licensees are encouraged to become familiar with the profession’s continuing education rules, Chapter 64B11-5.001 & Chapter 64B11-6.001, Florida Administrative Code, to ensure that they meet the Board’s specific requirements for renewal.
Continuing Education (CE) Requirements
|Required Subject Area||Required Number of Hours||Important Information|
|Medical Error||2||Must be a course offered by a Board approved provider|
|Laws and Rules||2||Must be a course offered by a Board approved provider|
The current licensure biennium: 03/01/15 – 02/28/17. Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on February 28, 2017.
First Biennium Renewal: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants renewing a license for the first time and were licensed in the second half of the biennium (on or after 03/01/16) are exempt from general continuing education. You are required to complete 2 hours in prevention of medical errors and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS. For the HIV/AIDS 1 hour (for first renewal only) requirement, the board approves any course approved by any of the professions regulated within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance, the Department of Health.
Continuing education hours can only be credited after one is licensed and within the current biennium dates in which they are taken.
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants renewing a license for the first time and were licensed in the first half of the biennium (03/01/15 – 02/28/16) are required to complete all 26 as stated above, including the HIV/AIDS 1 hour (for first renewal only) requirement. The board approves any course approved by any of the professions regulated within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance, the Department of Health.
Even though you were required to complete a 2 hour course in prevention of medical errors for initial licensure purposes (if licensed before July 1, 2016), you must complete an additional 2 hours of prevention of medical errors for each renewal.
Board Rule Approved Providers
- Approved providers and courses listed in CEBroker
- To find approved Continuing Education courses, Go to www.cebroker.com
- Select “Course Search”, Select State: “Florida”, Profession, Choose Course, Type, Subject Areas, etc.
- You may then visit the individual providers websites for further information to make your selection of which courses you wish to take.
Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Education per Biennium
- Up to 5 hours per biennium: Development or Participation in Practice-Related Research Project and Learning through Alternative Media (video, audio, software programs)
- Up to 6 hours per biennium: Level II OT/OTA Field Work Experience Supervision and Volunteer Expert Witness Service
- Up to 8 hours per biennium: Course Presentations and Attendance at Board meetings
- Up to 10 hours per biennium: Publications Related to Occupational Therapy Practice
- Up to 1 – 10 hours per biennium for Publications. A licensee may earn the following continuing education credit for publication of a peer-reviewed or non peer-reviewed book, chapter, or article directly related to the practice of occupational therapy:
- Up to 10 hours as the author of a book;
- Up to 5 hours as author of a chapter;
- Up to 3 hours as author of a peer-reviewed article;
- Up to 1 hour as author of a non peer-reviewed article; and
- Up to 5 hours as an editor of a book; Documentation shall consist of a full reference for the publication including title, author, editor, and date of publication. See 64B11-6.001 (12), F.A.C.
- Up to 4 hours per biennium: Performance of Pro Bono Services to the indigent as provided in Section 456.013(9), F.S., or to underserved populations, or in areas of critical need within the state where the licensee practices. In order to receive credit under this rule, licensees must make a request to the Board and receive approval in advance. One (1) hour credit for each two (2) hours worked. See 64B11-6.001 (15), F.A.C.
- Live vs. Home Study CEs. A minimum of fourteen (14) of the twenty-six (26) CE hours required for licensure renewal must be “live”. Live CE includes approved face-to-face course presentations and interactive, real-time courses that may be web-based, satellite transmitted, hosted via telephone or video conference, or an online instruction program that allows or requires the licensee to interact in real time, including live chat, with the instructor during the presentation of the program. Presentations that do not contain the real-time ability to communicate with the instructor would fall under the “home study” category.
- No more than 12 hours of home study courses are allowed. Home study education is independent study and requires a certificate of completion. Home study education does not include a web-based, satellite transmitted or on-line instruction program that allows or requires the licensee to interact or communicate back and forth with the instructor during the presentation of the program.
- The Board’s measurement for Continuing Education hours is by contact hours. One (1) contact hour equals a minimum of fifty (50) minutes. One half (1/2 or .5) contact hours equals a minimum of twenty-five (25) minutes.
- FREE – 3 HOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE
For Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Medical Association (FMA) collaborated to design a Healthiest Weight: A Life Course Approach and offer a FREE – 3 hour Continuing Education/ Continuing Medical Education (CE/CME) course that can be accessed through TRAIN Florida.
Once on the TRAIN Florida website, use your login information or, if you do not have an account, click “create account” and then login. The course can be accessed either by searching by title “DOH Healthiest Weight: A Life Course Approach” or course ID 1053825. After you complete the course, TRAIN Florida requires an Assessment and Evaluation be completed for submission to CE Broker for continuing education credit.
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Florida Administrative Code
Rules: Chapter 64B11: Board of Occupational Therapy, Florida Administrative Code