(1) It is unlawful for any person to:

(a) Hold himself or herself out as a massage therapist or to practice massage unless duly licensed under this chapter or unless otherwise specifically exempted from licensure under this chapter.

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 480.047

  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
(b) Operate any massage establishment unless it has been duly licensed as provided herein, except that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the teaching of massage in this state at a board-approved massage school.
(c) Permit an employed person to practice massage unless duly licensed as provided herein.
(d) Present as his or her own the license of another.
(e) Allow the use of his or her license by an unlicensed person.
(f) Give false or forged evidence to the department in obtaining any license provided for herein.
(g) Falsely impersonate any other licenseholder of like or different name.
(h) Use or attempt to use a license that has been revoked.
(i) Otherwise violate any of the provisions of this act.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.