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California - You may qualify for what we call "reciprocity", if you meet the following criteria: (a) A completed "reciprocity" application form and all fees required by the California Board. (b) Proof of a current license issued by another state to practice that meets all of the following requirements: (1) It is not revoked, suspended, or otherwise restricted. (2) It is in good standing. (3) It has been active for three of the last five years, during which time the applicant has not been subject to disciplinary action or a criminal conviction. Please fill out the application for Reciprocity and contact the state that issued your license for a letter certifying your status as a licensee. This license certification will be sent to the California Board from the state you are coming from and will be matched up with your application by name. After the California Board has reviewed your application and license certification, and is satisfied you meet the criteria, you will be sent a letter of approval with information on how to obtain your license at a PSI examination site located in California.
Canada - A hairstylist who holds a valid trade certificate from Alberta or from another Canadian province or territory may apply to write the Interprovincial Exam and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal is recognized throughout most of Canada.
Connecticut - Section 20-252a – Any applicant for a license required under the provisions of section 20-252 who has trained and studied in another state or country having licensure requirements which are substantially similar to, or higher than, those of this state shall, upon filing with the commissioner of public health an affidavit from the agency of such state or country charged with such licensing of the total number of study and training hours and licensed experience completed therein, be credited with a total number of hours toward the requirements for licensing under this section. No credit shall be granted under this section to any applicant who is the subject of a pending disciplinary proceedings or unresolved complaint. Section 20-254 Any person who holds a license at the time of application as a registered hairdresser and cosmetician, or as a person entitled to perform similar services under different designations in any other state or in a commonwealth or territory of the United States, and who 1) has completed not less than fifteen hundred hours of formal education and training in hairdressing and cosmetology, and 2)was issued such license on the basis of successful completion of an examination shall be eligible for licensing in this state without examination upon payment of a $100.00 fee. Applicants who trained in another state, district, commonwealth or territory which required less than fifteen hundred hours of formal experience in such other state, district, commonwealth or territory toward meeting the training requirements. If examination was taken in a language other than English, the applicant shall demonstrate successful completion of an English proficiency examination as prescribed by the department. No license shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint.
Florida - You are eligible for a Florida license by endorsement if you have a current and active license in another state, if the requirements of the other state are equal to or greater than the requirements for Florida cosmetology students. Florida cosmetology applicants are required to have 1,200 school hours and pass a licensing examination. If you meet those requirements, you are not required to take the Florida cosmetology examination. If you have a current and active license in another state (such as New York or Massachusetts) that is based upon the completion of 1,000 school hours you can attend (in or outside of Florida) any cosmetology school to obtain the additional 200 educational hours to qualify for endorsement. In addition, you must provide proof of passing a state written examination. OR If you have a current and active license in another state (such as New York or Massachusetts) that is based upon the completion of 1,000 school hours and you do not want to complete the additional 200 school hours you may apply to take the Florida cosmetology examination. However, if you fail the examination twice there is a requirement for 40 additional school hours before being eligible to re-examine, and if you fail the examination three times, there is a requirement for 80 additional school hours before being eligible to re-examine. This option does not require you to complete the additional 200 school hours. Apprenticeship licenses and apprenticeship education are not eligible for endorsement. Also, if your initial hours of study were completed abroad, and you hold a cosmetology license from another state and the requirements of the other state are equal to or greater than the requirements for Florida cosmetology students, you may be eligible for a Florida license by endorsement.
Georgia - If the State you have your license in require the same amount of hours they will accept especially if exam is given by NIC.
Idaho - Idaho requires 2000 clock hours and testing by an independent testing unit to be licensed for Cosmetology; 400 hours and the same for Nail technology and specific credentials for instructors, i.e 1 yr experience in either a salon or school and 12 college credits and or instructors training and/or having taken and passed the instructors exam. Idaho does not do "reciprocity" the call it endorsement and if you have equal to or greater than what Idaho requires you may obtain a license based on your out of state license by submitting your credentials to the Board for consideration. If an applicant from a State with less than 2000 hours has work experience, the Board will grant 200 hours for every documented year of work experience or having worked 3 of the last 5 years is deemed adequate to apply for endorsement.
Illinois - Taken from Sec. 3-8. Cosmetologists, cosmetology teachers, and cosmetology clinic teachers registered or licensed elsewhere of the Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act: (b) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, upon payment of the required fee, an applicant who is a cosmetologist, cosmetology teacher, or cosmetology clinic teacher registered or licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States shall, without examination, be granted a license as a licensed cosmetologist, cosmetology teacher, or cosmetology clinic teacher, whichever is applicable, by the Department upon the following conditions: (1) The cosmetologist applicant is at least 16 years of age and the cosmetology teacher or cosmetology clinic teacher applicant is at least 18 years of age; and (2) The applicant submits to the Department satisfactory evidence that the applicant is registered or licensed in another state or territory as a cosmetologist, cosmetology teacher, or cosmetology clinic teacher.
Indiana – Sec. 2. (a) If the board determines that: (1) a person possesses a valid license from another jurisdiction to perform acts that require a license under this article; and (2) the jurisdiction issuing the license imposes substantially equal requirements on applicants for the license as are imposed on applicants for an Indiana license; the board may issue a license to perform those acts in Indiana to that person upon payment of the fee required under IC 25-8-13. (b) This subsection applies only to applications for a cosmetologist license under IC 25-8-9. If the jurisdiction issuing the license does not impose substantially equal requirements for education hours as required under subsection (a)(2), the board may approve the combination of education hours plus actual licensed practice in the other jurisdiction when issuing a license to a person from that jurisdiction. One (1) year of licensed practice is equal to one hundred (100) hours of education to an applicant who has completed a minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours of education. (c) This subsection applies only to applications for a manicurist license under IC 25-8-11. If the jurisdiction issuing a license does not impose substantially equal requirements for education hours as required under subsection (a)(2), the board may approve the combination of education hours plus actual licensed practice in the other jurisdiction when issuing a license to a person from that jurisdiction, as follows:(1) For an applicant with less than twenty (20) years of actual licensed practice as a manicurist, one (1) year of licensed practice is equal to one hundred (100) hours of education to an applicant who has completed at least three hundred (300) hours of education. (2) For an applicant with twenty (20) or more years of actual licensed practice as a manicurist, one (1) year of licensed practice is equal to one hundred (100) hours of education to an applicant who has completed at least one hundred (100) hours of education.(d) This subsection applies only to applications for an electrologist license under IC 25-8-10. If the jurisdiction issuing a license does not impose substantially equal requirements for education hours as required under subsection (a)(2), the board may approve the combination of education hours plus actual licensed practice in 1995, SEC.7; P.L.84-1998, SEC.21; P.L.177-2009, SEC.25; P.L.84-2010, SEC.38.IC 25-8-4-2.9 Sec. 2.9. (a) This section applies only to applications for a cosmetologist license under this article. (b) If an applicant comes from a jurisdiction that does not issue a cosmetologist license, the board may issue an initial provisional license to an applicant who meets the following requirements: (1) The board finds that the applicant has sufficient training or experience as a cosmetologist.(2) The applicant has not committed an act that would constitute a violation of the standards of practice under IC 25-1-11. (3) The applicant pays a fee established by the board under IC 25-1-8. (c) An applicant who has been granted an initial provisional license must work under the supervision of a licensed cosmetologist. (d) A person who holds an initial provisional license may apply for renewal of a cosmetologist license under section 19 of this chapter. (e) The holder of a provisional license may petition the board for the issuance of a cosmetologist license to practice without supervision. The holder of a provisional license who demonstrates to the board that the holder may satisfactorily practice without supervision shall be released from the terms of the provisional license and is entitled to hold a license under IC 25-8-4.
Kansas - Kansas has an out of state application that all out of state applicants are to complete and send in to the KBOC. KBOC does reciprocate with most states. However, if the state does not require a state board written and practical exam, the candidate will have to take the written and practical state board exam in Kansas. If there is a signed affidavit from confirming the total hours and state board exams, the state should reciprocate with the candidate and the state.
Maryland - (a) In general. -- Subject to the provisions of this section, the Board may waive any examination requirement of this subtitle for an individual who is licensed to practice as a cosmetologist or a limited practice cosmetologist in another state. (b) Conditions. -- The Board may grant a waiver under this section only if the applicant: (1) pays to the Board an application fee established by the Board in accordance with § 5-205 of this title; and (2) provides adequate evidence that the applicant: (i) meets the qualifications otherwise required by this subtitle; and (ii) became licensed in the other state after passing, in that or any other state, an examination that is at least equivalent to the examination for which the applicant is seeking a waiver.
Massachusetts - Candidates Who Have Trained Out-of-State - If you completed your Cosmetology training outside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you completed your education more than two (2) years ago, you are applying for an Instructor license, or your cosmetology school has closed, the following sections and questions on the application MUST be completed before you contact Pearson VUE to make an examination reservation: Section 13 – Board Certification (you must have it signed and stamped by the board agent), Section 14 – Out-of-State Certification Information, and Mandatory Licensing Questions 7–11. You MUST answer the questions 7–11 (Division of Registration Mandatory Licensing Questions) on the Education Completion/Licensing Application Form (Pearson VUE Stock Number 2002-05).NOTE : If you answer “Yes” to any one of the questions 7–11, you cannot make your examination reservation through Pearson VUE. You MUST FIRST instead mail your application directly to the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology. (The address appears on the inside front cover of this handbook.)
Michigan - An individual licensed in another state or country may qualify for licensure in Michigan providing that the person has experience and training comparable to that required in Michigan. Licensed work experience can substitute for training hours in a ratio of 100 hours for each 6 months of experience. Individuals licensed in another state or US territory may be granted a license upon the successful demonstration that his/her license requirements, including training hours and examination, are equivalent to those in Michigan. Individuals licensed in another country must submit an application and provide certification of education, experience or both. The department will determine whether or not the applicant is qualified to be licensed without examination.
Minnesota - An individual may be licensed in MN if the individual has completed cosmetology school in a state or country with the same or greater school hour requirements, has an active license in that state or country, and has passed the MN specific written operator examination.
Missouri - If someone comes from a State that has less hours than ours (1500), they need to take the additional hours and take the exam. If someone has the same or more, they can pay a fee and get their license. Of course there are exceptions to all of this, but that is the general rule.
New Jersey - Will allow licensing by endorsement if the applicant has completed substantially the same training requirements but usually requires passing the NJ examination. There are also some complexities because most states do not teach shaving and NJ had only one license, i.e. cosmetology/hairstyling which was essentially cosmetology and barbering combined. As of January we expect that these complexities will diminish because they have re-instated both a barber and beauty culture license so that out of state applicants can seek reciprocity for the same credential that they currently hold. Unfortunately only the full cosmetology/hairstyling license qualifies someone to progress toward a teachers license as well as supervising a full service salon.
New York - An applicant for reciprocity in New York must be currently licensed from a state on the list, and in some instances, must have one or more years of licensure in order to qualify. Applicants must submit the following: Certification from the cosmetology board where currently licensed and completed cosmetology application and $40 application fee. Where indicated below: Two (2) Experience Statements (DOS-1543) must be submitted (one each from two different people) attesting that the applicant has been working as a cosmetologist for the specified number of years. Reciprocity states and minimum qualification: Alaska – current license; Arizona – 1 year (current); Colorado – 5 years and current licensure; Idaho - 3 Years and current licensure, Louisiana – current licensure; Maine – current licensure; Massachusetts – 2 years and current licensure (must submit 2 experience statements); Minnesota – 2 years and current licensure; Mississippi – current licensure; Missouri – 5 years and current licensure; Montana – 4 years and current licensure; Nevada – current licensure; North Carolina – current licensure; North Dakota – 1 year and current licensure; Oklahoma – current licensure; Pennsylvania – 2 years and current licensure (must submit 2 experience statements); South Dakota – current licensure; Tennessee – 2 years and current licensure; Vermont – 2 years and current licensure; Virginia – current licensure; Washington, DC – 5 years and current licensure. Under a policy of endorsement, a state with higher educational requirements can accept licensees from a state with lesser standards by mandating experience to make up for the education deficiencies. Below is the list of cosmetology "endorsement" states and the requirements needed for licensure. The applicant must include with their application an official letter of good standing (certification), dated within six months, from the Cosmetology Board where the applicant is currently licensed. Cosmetology endorsement states and minimum qualification: New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia Wyoming – current licensure. Esthetician endorsement states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming – current licensure. Nail specialty endorsement states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming – current licensure; natural hair styling endorsement states: Pennsylvania – current licensure.
North Dakota - The following affidavits must be submitted to North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology: 1) Copy of Birth Certificate. 2) Copy of High School Education or GED. 3) Cosmetology License Verification - to be completed by the Cosmetology Board of the State where current license is being held. 4) Work Experience, if any - to be completed by employer. 7) Copy of a Picture Identification. 8) Copy of your state current licensure requirements. You will not be examined until all required forms are submitted to our office. The North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology will contact you as to what procedure of licensure you are qualified for. All applicants are required to take the North Dakota Law and Sanitation Test. A Laws & Rules booklet is available at our office for a $15.00 fee. 32-05-01-01.1. License without examination. Every person desiring to be licensed as an operator, manicurist, or esthetician without taking the examination shall make an application on the form provided by the board and: 1. Pay the application fee. 2. Provide proof that the applicant is licensed as a cosmetologist, manicurist, or esthetician in another jurisdiction and that the applicant’s license is in good standing. 3. Demonstrate the other jurisdiction’s licensure requirements at the time the applicant was licensed by the other jurisdiction were substantially equal to those in North Dakota at the time the North Dakota application led. Three thousand hours or was more of work experience as a licensed operator will be considered substantially equal to three hundred hours of cosmetology education. 4. Pass an examination on North Dakota sanitation practices and cosmetology law.
Ohio - Currently, Ohio does not have any reciprocity. That may be changing though in the near future. Last year, the Ohio State Board got really tough on out of state licensees wanting to come to Ohio. Currently, 1) For all out of state licenses (other than Manicuring) you must take the written and practical exam to receive an Ohio License. This applies even if you have been licensed for many years in another state. 2) For Manicuring, it is even more stringent. If you are licensed in another state and wish to have an Ohio license, you must attend 200 hours in an Ohio Cosmetology school AND take the complete state written/practical Manicuring exam.
Oklahoma - 175:10-13-1. Reciprocal license requirements. The Board, in accordance with the Oklahoma Cosmetology Statuses 59 O.S. Section 199.13, has ruled to accept any applicant on a license for comparable license basis from any state in which the applicant has met the license requirements.
Oregon - Follow these three steps to obtain, by reciprocity, an Oregon practitioner certificate in hair design, barbering, esthetics or nail technology: Step 1: Verification of Licensure from Your Home State - The verification of licensure is a communication between regulatory authorities (board or agency) that verifies your license is current and in good standing in your home state. The out-of-state regulatory authority must deliver the affidavit of licensure to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) in a sealed envelope or via pre-approved electronic transmission. Some states give us the ability to verify your license for you. To do this, fill out an Affidavit of Licensure Form. Follow the instructions on the form and send it to us. Step 2: Preparation - Once OHLA receives your verification, we will determine which Oregon certifications your out-of-state license will qualify you to obtain. If the affidavit discloses any unresolved disciplinary actions and/or outstanding civil fines, the applicant must resolve these issues before obtaining certification in Oregon. Step 3: Testing - To obtain Oregon licensure, all reciprocity applicants must pass the Oregon Laws and Rules examination as well as pass the examination for each field of practice in which they wish to obtain certification. The fees required for licensure include: Application for each field of practice, Oregon Laws and Rules examination, each field of practice examination. After you pass the examinations, you will then pay a certification fee for each field of practice. Testing in Oregon is on a walk-in basis. Applicants should arrive at the OHLA office with enough time in the day to take all the examinations required, which would typically be before 2 pm. Applicants arriving after 2 pm will not be able to take all of the examinations required for licensure and will be turned away. Please bring two forms of acceptable original identification issued by a federal, state or local government agency of the United States. One form of identification must be photographic. After passing the required examinations and paying all fees, you will receive your Oregon license the same day.
Rhode Island - Section 8.0 Requirements for Applicants Licensed in Another State - 8.1 Any person licensed to practice barbering, hairdressing/cosmetic therapy, manicuring or esthetics in another state where the requirements are the equivalent of those of this state, the applicant shall be entitled to a license for barbering, hairdresser/cosmetician, manicurist or esthetician, upon the acceptance of his or her credentials by the Department. 8.2 Verification (Applicants licensed in another state): The board of barbering and/or hairdressing/cosmetic therapy in each state in which the applicant has held or holds licensure shall submit directly to the Department, a statement attesting to the licensure status of the applicant during the time period the applicant held licensure in said state. 8.3 The applicant must have satisfactorily passed a written and practical examination administered by the Department, or another state board, of the theory and practice of barbering, hairdressing/cosmetic therapy, manicuring or esthetics, depending on the licensure classification which the applicant is seeking. 8.3.1 If the requirements of another state are not equivalent to the requirements of this state, the Department may grant the barber/hairdresser/cosmetician applicant one hundred (100) hours of instructional credit for each three (3) month period that said applicant was licensed and actively practicing, up to a limit of five hundred (500) hours. 8.3.2 If the requirements of another state are not equivalent to the requirements of this state, the Department may grant the esthetician applicant forty (40) hours of instructional credit for each three (3) month period that said applicant was licensed and actively practicing, up to a limit of two hundred (200) hours. 8.3.3 If the requirements of another state are not equivalent to the requirements of this state, the Department may grant the manicurist applicant twenty (20) hours of instructional credit for each three (3) month period that said applicant was licensed and actively practicing, up to a limit of one hundred (100) hours. 8.4 Persons who have been duly licensed by examination under the laws of other states of the United States or the District of Columbia shall not be prevented from practicing the profession for which they have been trained in either barbering, hairdressing/cosmetic therapy, manicuring or esthetics in this state for a period of three (3) months, provided: 8.4.1 The applicant files an application to become licensed. 8.4.2 The privilege to work for three (3) months as provided for in section 8.4 shall not be extended or renewed beyond the three (3) months from the date of issuance of the temporary permit.
South Carolina - 35-8. Instructor Reciprocity. Upon application and payment of the required fee, a license to teach cosmetology, esthetics, or nail technology may be issued by the board to any person who: (1) is currently licensed, and in good standing, as an instructor in a state that has a nationally endorsed examination; or (2) who is a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician or nail technician who has practiced for at least two years in any other state and submits proof, satisfactory to the board, of having completed instructor training which is substantially equivalent to requirements of this state. 35-13. Out of State Applicants. THIS IS IN REGARDS TO COSMETOLOGISTS, NAIL TECHNICIANS, AND ESTHETICIANS A person currently licensed or certified to practice in another state or territorial possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, whose license is in good standing, may be issued a license if the person has satisfactorily passed a nationally recognized examination for entry into the profession.
Utah - Licensee must meet Utah’s hour requirements or have 2 years full time (4000 hrs) work experience.
Virginia - Same hours and has taken theory and practical exam. If not same hours submit proof 6 months in field. If out of country credentials - not accepted.
Washington - 1.Complete an application form. 2.Provide proof you have a current license in good standing in another state or foreign country. A copy of your license isn’t verification of licensure. Please contact the state you’re licensed in to request a verification. 3.Provide proof you have passed state-approved written and practical examinations. 4.Mail your completed application, supporting documents, and a check for the fee to: Cosmetology Program Department of Licensing PO Box 9048 Olympia, WA 98507 It’s pretty easy. I was sitting at the state meeting and they really just want the fee.
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Wisconsin - Wisconsin will only grant reciprocity If you are licensed in another state and have worked full time for a two year period. (4000 hours) there is a form which has their manager verify the working hours. If they have less then that hour total, they need to contact a school to assess what they need to do to complete. The school needs to determine this in the areas of both theory and practical. Wisconsin does not offer reciprocity for instructors.
Wyoming - An applicant for a license to practice or instruct cosmetology, manicuring or nail technology, esthetics or hair styling in Wyoming who is a qualified and currently licensed cosmetologist, manicurist or nail technician, esthetician, hair stylist or instructor in another state, upon submitting an application to the board, a certification from the board or licensing agency of the state in which the applicant is licensed, proof of meeting the requirements of this section and payment of the required fee, may receive a cosmetologist, manicurist or nail technician, esthetician, hair stylist or instructor license by endorsement without examination in this state. An applicant from another state which does not require a board examination for licensure, or an applicant who did not attend a cosmetology, manicuring or nail technology, esthetics or hair styling school meeting requirements of the rules of the board and the licensing entity of the state in which the school is located, shall not obtain a Wyoming license by endorsement. An applicant from another state who has not practiced cosmetology, manicuring or nail technology, esthetics or hair styling full time for at least one (1) year prior to application shall obtain a Wyoming license by endorsement only if he was licensed under requirements which the board determines to be at least equal to those established pursuant to this act.
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