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Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council

Application and License Requirements 

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The Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council is responsible for licensing and regulating dietitian/nutritionists and nutrition counselors in Florida. Applicants seeking to be licensed as a dietitian/nutritionist may apply by examination or endorsement.

Good News for Applicants
No more waiting until the office is open, until the phone lines are clear, being put on hold or waiting until you get home. You can now stay up to date with the status of your application 24/7 from any location through the World Wide Web via online Application Status Check. This web based check allows you to see whether your application has been processed, if additional information or documentation is needed to process your application and when your application is complete.

To perform this application check.
  • Possession of at least a bachelor’s degree with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food management as outlined in sections 468.509, F.S., and 64B8-42.002, F.A.C.
  • Transcripts must be submitted directly from the educational institute. However, the applicant may submit their transcripts provided they bear the official seal of the educational institution and be in the institution's sealed envelope. Official transcripts must be sent to the council office at: 

    Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council
    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C‐05
    Tallahassee, FL 32399‐3255

  • Successful completion of 900 hours of pre-professional planned and continuous supervised practice in dietetics or nutrition, as described in subsection 64B8-42.002(3), F.A.C. 
  • Successful passage of the dietitian exam offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

As an alternative to the 900 hours of pre-professional experience you can also provide documentation of additional education or experience, as described in 468.509, Part X, F.A.C. Rule is pending development.



This method is for the individual that has not passed the dietetics and nutrition examination developed by the Commission on Dietetics Registration. This is the method choice for Foreign applicants.


This method is for an individual who is a certified nutrition specialist certified by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists or a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition.


This method is for the applicant who is a registered dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


Applicants licensed in another state are not required to use this method. However, it is an option that may be used by someone who holds an active, valid license as a dietitian/nutritionist in another state, district, or territory of the United States. The requirements for licensure, when the license was obtained, must be substantially equivalent to or more stringent than those currently required in Florida. Personal references, experience, or other qualifications are not considered as part of this application method. The Council makes its determination of eligibility for licensure by endorsement based solely on law to law comparison. Please enter the issuing state, district, or territory of United States for the license you wish to be endorsed.


Temporary permits allow an applicant to work under the supervision of a licensed dietitian/nutritionist for up to one year until the Council can complete review of their application and/or successful completion of the exam. Temporary permits are available to any applicant who has completed an application and the Executive Director has preliminarily determined that he or she appears to be eligible for licensure based on the documentation presented. Refer to rule 64B8-42.003, F.A.C., for more information.

Temporary permits are issued only one time for a limited time. The permits usually are not advantageous for applicants applying for licensure by endorsement of status as a registered dietitian, as this application method is relatively speedy. The temporary permit form and required fees must be submitted as part of a completed application to be considered. The form must contain all requested information,which includes original signatures.


Application by Examination Fees

Application Fee$80.00 (non-refundable)
Initial License Fee$80.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee$5.00
Total Fee (without a temporary permit):$165.00
Temporary Permit Fee$50.00
Total Fee (with a temporary permit):$215.00

Exam Fees and Information

The Examination Fee of $200.00 must be paid directly to the Commission on Dietetics Registration testing agency, ACT Inc.

Application by Examination with Waiver Fees

Application Fee$80.00 (non-refundable)
Initial License Fee$80.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee$5.00
Total Fee (without a temporary permit):$165.00
Temporary Permit Fee$50.00
Total Fee (with a temporary permit):$215.00

Application by Endorsement Fees

Endorsement Fee$5.00
Application Fee$80.00
Initial License Fee$80.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee$5.00
Total Fee (without a temporary permit):$170.00
Temporary Permit Fee$50.00
Total Fee (with a temporary permit):$220.00

Applicants and licensees are responsible for the fees outlined in applicable board or department rule at the time an application is received. Checks, certified checks, or money orders payable should be made payable to the Department of Health.

Application fees are non-refundable.  If you discontinue your pursuit of Florida licensure, and it has not been more than three years since the Department of Health received them, you may request a refund of the unused fees.


The examination used for licensure in Florida is the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Once the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council has approved your application for examination, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will be notified by office staff. CDR will contact the applicant with available exam dates and study materials. You are responsible for scheduling your examination. You pay exam fees to the CDR CBT testing vendor. To ensure that we receive your scores timely, you should request that your scores be sent to the Florida Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council. The Council office should receive exam scores within three weeks of the exam date. Once the department receives your passing score from CDR, you should be issued a license number within two weeks. Please allow sufficient time for this office to receive and process your exam score. For detailed information on test administration, study tips and practice exams, go to


Applicants requiring special testing accommodations must apply directly to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in accordance with its policies and procedures. You may contact the CDR at www.cdrnet.orgor by phone toll free: 1-800-877-1600 Ext. 5500.