Florida

Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 850-488-0595
Fax: 850-412-2681
Email: MQA_MassageTherapy@doh.state.fl.us

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24 hours/2 years
Min 12 hours of hands-on MT techniques
Min 2 hours of medical error prevention
Min 2 hours of Florida law
Min 2 hours of ethics

Regulation Type: 
State License

New Background Check Requirement for All Florida-Licensed Massage Therapists

A new law was passed in Florida this year, s.456.0135, F.S, which imposes new background check requirements on massage therapists.  Under the new law, all Florida-licensed massage therapists who received their license prior to July 1, 2014 must complete a criminal background check prior to January 31, 2015 Massage therapists who have certain types of felony offenses

Florida Massage Establishments May Not Operate Between Midnight and 5 AM

House bill 7005, signed into law on June 14, 2013, prohibits the operation of massage establishments between the hours of midnight and 5:00 AM. The prohibition does not apply to: health care facilities, hotels, timeshares, and airports if the massage is performed under a medical prescription or during a county-approved special event. The new law also states that a massage establishment cannot be used as a primary residence unless it is zoned for residential use.

Massage Apprenticeships Could Be Eliminated in Florida

Under current Florida law, an applicant is qualified for licensure as a massage therapist if he or she passes an approved exam and either completes a course of study at a school approved by the Massage Therapy Board or completes an apprenticeship program that meets the Board’s standards. Under SB 1334, recently introduced in the Florida state legislature, apprenticeships would no longer serve as a qualification for licensure.

FL Bill Would Impose New Requirements for Massage Establishments

Florida Senate Bill 500 (and companion bill: House Bill 7005, affecting massage establishments, has been scheduled for a hearing in the state legislature. Current law requires that all massage establishments, defined as “a site or premises, or portion thereof, wherein a massage therapist practices massage,” must have a state-issued license in order to operate.

FL Massage Law Amended, LMTs Must Present Valid ID if Asked

Beginning July 1, 2012, the massage law will require that any person operating, employed by, or performing a massage, in a licensed massage establishment, must immediately present, upon request of a Department of Health inspector/investigator or law enforcement, a valid government identification while in the establishment. Valid government identification means one of the following:
  1. Current driver’s license,
  2. Current identification card issued by a state, territory, or district of the United States (U.S.)
  3. Valid passport issued by the, U.S.

Bill Excluding Massage from No-Fault Auto Accident Insurance Coverage is Signed into Law

On May 4, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed Florida House Bill 119, which reforms Florida’s mandatory no-fault auto insurance law, also known as “Personal Injury Protection” (PIP).  The new law excludes massage from the medical benefits that are covered under PIP.  Thus, beginning January 1, 2013, massage therapists can no longer receive PIP reimbursement for massage services.  If you currently bill PIP for massage therapy performed in connection with auto accidents, you will not be able to do so after December 31 of this year.

Florida Insurance Bill Discontinues Coverage of Massage Therapy

Florida House Bill 119, into which Senate Bill 1860 was merged, would reform Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance in Florida. The PIP reform bill eliminates coverage for massage therapy and acupuncture. The bill passed both houses of the Florida legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Scott pledged to make PIP reform his primary focus of the legislative session.

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