How Do You Transfer Your Cosmetology License to a Different State?


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To transfer a cosmetology license to a different state, first research the state laws concerning reciprocity of licensing. If the state allows for reciprocity, complete a reciprocity application with the state's cosmetology board. Include your contact information, your current license number and the state where it was issued, and an interstate verification request that allows your new state to contact your previous state for verification. Some states only require that you provide a copy of your current license.

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Some states accept reciprocity, while others require that the licensing program from your original state be comparable to your current state's program. If the state determines that your licensing program is not as rigorous, the licensing requirements likely have more classroom of training hours needed. When this happens, some states allow you to apply experience and educational credit toward the program. Complete any additional requirements from the licensing board to receive a license from that state.

Many state require each applicant to complete and pass a state licensing exam for cosmetology. Some other states require verification that you passed a national cosmetology examination. However, some states refuse reciprocity and require you to go through the entire licensing process from the beginning, including education and examinations.

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