The Board has made every effort to include the information you need to apply for licensure 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 a Respiratory Therapist.
Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on May 31, 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.
A licensee who remains on inactive status will be required to demonstrate completion of continuing education requirements at the time of reactivation. Requirements can be found in Rule 64B32-6.007, F.A.C. To request reactivation of your license, contact the Board office at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out your 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
To receive an exemption from the renewal requirements, please provide a copy of your orders which provides the beginning and end date of your current enlistment or a copy of your spouse’s orders. If you are a Commissioned Officer, you may provide a letter from your commanding officer that reflects the length of your contract with a beginning and end date to fulfill this requirement.
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||$125.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$55.00|
|Active to Inactive||$55.00|
|Inactive to Active||$175.00|
|Active to Retired||$55.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$55.00|
If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:
|Active to Active||$245.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$175.00|
|Active to Inactive||$210.00|
|Inactive to Active||$330.00|
|Active to Retired||$210.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$210.00|
If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:
|Active to Active||$370.00|
|Inactive to Inactive||$230.00|
|Active to Inactive||$300.00|
|Inactive to Active||$350.00|
|Active to Retired||$300.00|
|Inactive to Retired||$230.00|
Licenses become Null & Void1 on June 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 64B32-6.001 & 64B32-6.006, Florida Administrative Code, to ensure that they meet the Board’s specific requirements for renewal.
Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Requirements
|Required Subject Area||Required Number of Hours||Important Information|
|Medical Error||2||Mandatory for all licensees: 2 hours in a board-approved continuing education course pursuant to Rule 64B32-6.006, F.A.C.|
|Laws and Rules||2||Mandatory for all licensees: 2 credit hours pursuant to subsection 64B32-6.001(5), F.A.C. Licensees may earn up to 8 continuing education hours per biennium by attending meetings of the Board of Respiratory Care, but no more than 2 of those hours will be credited to satisfying the Florida laws and rules requirement.|
As of August 3, 2016, home study/online courses are no longer limited to 12 hours for renewal. All courses, including home study /online courses must be completed by an approved respiratory care provider.
Note: Live courses are still acceptable, available and are not limited, but are not mandatory.
The current licensure biennium: 06/01/15-05/31/2017. A current license expires at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on May 31, 2017.
First Biennium Renewal: Respiratory Therapists renewing the current license for the first time and were issued the license in the second half of the biennium (on or after 06/01/2016) are exempt from general continuing education. You are only required to complete 2 hours on prevention of medical errors, 2 hours on laws and rules, and 3 hours on HIV/AIDS, the first time renewing. (The 3 hour HIV/AIDS is a one-time renewal requirement). All continuing education requirements must be met for each biennium thereafter. This board approves any HIV/AIDS course approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health.
Respiratory Therapists renewing a license for the first time and were licensed in the first half of the biennium (6/1/2015-5/31/2016) are required to complete all 24 as state above, including the 3 HIV/AIDS , for your first renewal.
If you are changing your status from CRT to RRT, regardless of when the license is issued, you are not exempt from the continuing education requirements.
Board Rule Approved Providers
- The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
- The Florida Society for Respiratory Care
- The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
- The American Florida Thoracic Societies
- The American College of Cardiology
- The American College of Chest Physicians
- The American and Florida Societies of Anesthesiologists
- The American and Florida Lung Association
- The National Society of Cardiopulmonary Technologists
- The American Heart Association
- The American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association
- The Florida Board of Nursing
- Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Florida Board approved courses can also be found at www.cebroker.com
Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Education per Biennium
- You can obtain up to 8 hours of continuing education for attending a public meeting of the Board – but no more than 2 hours can be credited for laws and rules
- College or university courses in respiratory care program
- ACLS, PALS and Neonatal resuscitation certification or any course offered/credential by the NBRC during the biennium (maximum of 16 hours)
- ACLS, PALS and Neonatal resuscitation recertification classes (maximum of 8 hours)
- Successful completion of the National Board of Respiratory Care re-credentialing exam
- Presenting continuing education as a lecturer or an author
- Board Member serving on Probable Cause Panel
- Home study/online self-study courses are no longer limited to 12 hours
- BLS training does not count as CE credit for any of the 24 hours
Respiratory rules are available at: http://floridasrespiratorycare.gov/resources/
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