Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on November 30, 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.
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
- All courses successfully submitted to your CEBroker account. For more information please visit www.CEAtRenewal.com
By submitting the completed renewal application along with the appropriate renewal fees to the department, a licensee acknowledges compliance with all requirements for renewal, including continuing education.
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.
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.
Inactive license requesting Active status: please call the board office at 850-245-4373
*After renewal closes, a $55 Delinquent fee will be added to all transactions. A Change of Status fee will also be added for licensees wishing to change from Active-Inactive in the amount of $40.
1 Null 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
Medical Error courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance are approved by the Board of Physical Therapy
HIV/AIDS course required for first renewal only and are accepted if approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Twenty-four (24) contact hours of continuing education (CE/CEU*) must be completed within the current biennium for which the license is being renewed. (Bienniums run from 12/1/odd year-11/30/next odd year. For example, 12/1/2013 – 11/30/2015 is a licensure biennium).
Continuing Education Unit (CEU): One continuing educational unit shall be considered equivalent to 10 contact hours. You must complete 24 contact hours of approval continuing education per biennium.
No more than 12 hours may come from home study/online courses. All licensees must complete 2 hours on the Prevention of Medical Errors for each licensure renewal cycle.
Licenses issued in the second half of the biennium are exempt from the renewal requirements with the exception of 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS
Licenses Issued in Second Half of the Biennium
Continuing Education (CE) Requirements
Board Rule Approved Providers
- Courses sponsored or approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA)
- Courses sponsored or approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This includes other state APTA chapters and APTA sections.
- Courses sponsored by a college or university which provides a curriculum for training physical therapists or physical therapist assistants which is accredited by, or has status with an accrediting agency approved by, the United States Department of Education. One credit hour is the equivalent of one contact hour.
Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Education per Biennium
- Attendance at a Florida Board of Physical Therapy meeting (this does not apply if the licensee is on the agenda or appears for another purpose)
- Past Board members serving on a Probable Cause Panel
- Passing the Florida Laws and Rules exam within the biennium. This does not apply if taking the exam due to a disciplinary order of the Board, initial licensure, reactivation or reinstatement
- Course Instructors providing continuing education can receive up to six contact hours.
- Clinical Instructors can receive 1 contact hour for every 160 hours of clinical internship limited to a maximum of 6 contact hours per instructor per biennium. Clinical instructors must be credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to receive clinical continuing education credits.
- No more than 12 hours can be earned by home study/online courses
- No more than five contact hours of courses in risk management shall be accepted within a biennium.
- No more than three contact hours in HIV/AIDS education.
- No more than three contact hours in prevention of medical errors education.