barber reciprocity requirements - by state

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TRANSFERRING A BARBER’S LICENSE BETWEEN STATES

Every year, tens of thousands of barbers see to practice in another state.  Unfortunately, each State has different licensing requirements to become a barber and, consequently, barbers must determine what requirements are necessary to apply an existing license to the target state.

Following is reciprocity information for each state.   

ALABAMA RECIPROCITY

RECIPROCITY

I am licensed in another state, how do I transfer that license to Alabama?

First, you must request that certification from your current state be sent to our office. This must be sent directly from your current state directly to our office. This should not be sent to you to be forwarded to our office, but should be sent to us by your state office only. Wait 2 (two) weeks after you request this before contacting our office. We can do nothing without this first. Once we receive this certification, we will send you the paperwork you must complete and notify you if you are required to take any exams. There is a minimum $100 fee for this service.

How do I transfer my license from Alabama to another state?

License Certification Request
You must make a written request for the board to send a letter of certification to the state to which you are moving. You may print out and complete the License Certification Request (above). You must include a copy of your current Alabama License, your Social Security card and current Driver’s License with your request. There is a fee of $25.00 (money order or cashier’s check only) per Certification requested.

How do I transfer my license from another country to Alabama?

Please contact our office for the correct application. There is a minimum fee for this service and you will be notified of the amount and if you are required to take any exams.

For further questions concerning reciprocity, please email Denise.Hankin@aboc.alabama.gov.

Alaska Reciprocity
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Arizona Reciprocity
Reciprocity Requirements: All these must be entered with your application by going to:    elicense.az.gov

  1. Applicant shall be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Furnish one professionally posed picture, passport size, signed across the front for identification.  Polaroid pictures and snap shots are not acceptable.  The picture must be of the applicant only.
  3. Furnish proof of a tenth grade education.  (copy of high school diploma; transcript or letter from high school showing completion of tenth grade; military discharge paper showing completion of 10th grade;  or g.e.d. grades showing not less than a passing grade over-all or 39 with no individual grade lower than 31.)
  4. Copy of a current barber license in a state with which Arizona has a reciprocity agreement.
  5. Notarized proof of at least 1 year’s work experience as a barber.  If you were self-employed, please fill out the “proof of work” form for yourself and include proof that you were self-employed (copy of barber shop license or tax records).
  6. Submit completed, notarized application and $175.00 fee per A.R.S. § 32-328 (money order or certified check only).
Reciprocity
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2007, ARIZONA HAS RECIPROCITY WITH:
Arkansas  Louisiana New Mexico
CaliforniaMaineNorth Dakota
DelawareMaryland Ohio
GeorgiaMassachusetts South Carolina
IdahoMichiganSouth Dakota
Illinois MinnesotaTexas
IndianaMississippi Wisconsin
Iowa MissouriWyoming
KansasNebraska 
KentuckyNew Hampshire 
arkansas Reciprocity
RECIPROCITY IN U.S.

Any person who desires to practice barbering in this state shall file with the Executive Secretary of the State Board of Barber Examiners a written application, duly notarized, together with two (2) identical signed passport photographs and satisfactory proof of identification, social security registration and education.

Upon receiving the application and reciprocity fee the applicant will be interviewed, before a license will be issued.

Upon making application as required by law the barber shall remit payment in the amount of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for the reciprocity fee. The reciprocity fee shall include the license fee until the beginning of the next renewal period.

Any person applying for reciprocity must have at least one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours of training and an unrevoked or unexpired license issued by the proper authorities of another state. Any person applying for reciprocity who has less than one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours of training must also have been continuously engaged in the practice of barbering for at least one (1) year in addition to providing proof of licensure in the state where the applicant received training or holds a license.

FOREIGN RECIPROCITY

Any person applying for reciprocity who is licensed in a foreign country as a barber is required to pass an examination administered by the Board to qualify for a license in this state. All documents submitted for the purpose of complying with the requirements for examination shall be original copies and translated in the English language. The application must be accompanied with a money order for the reciprocity fee and examination fee.

US Reciprocity Form – PDF
Foreign Reciprocity Form – PDF

 

california Reciprocity
OUT-OF-STATE LICENSURE

1. I am licensed in California and plan to apply to another state for licensure. How do I get a certificate of licensure and a copy of my school transcripts sent to that state?
Certifications can be ordered online through BreEZe or through the mail.  Certifications submitted online through BreEZe generally take 2 to 4 weeks to be processed, mailed and received by the other state board.   Certification requests submitted through the mail generally take 4 to 6 weeks to be processed, mailed and received by the other state board.   The fee is $10.00 for each certification requested.  The Board will send one certification of licensure to the state you indicate either on the form or online.   All certifications indicate the following information: required hours needed to take the examination in California for the license you hold, whether the examination was taken or the license was issued through reciprocity, the license number, and the issue and expiration date of the license. Click Certification Request to order the certification online or download the form.  
Transcripts of your school hours will not be on file. You will need to obtain those from the school you attended.

 

2. How do I apply for licensure in California if I received my training in another state, but have not received a license?
If you’re training was completed in a different state and you have not received your license, the California Board will determine your eligibility.  Out of State applicants cannot apply online.
The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology requires the following school hours, depending on your license type.  The Board does not accept Apprentice hours. 

Cosmetologist = 1600 hours, Barber = 1500 hours, Esthetician = 600 hours, Electrologist = 600 hours, Manicurist = 400 hours.

A. Submit the Initial Exam Application along with the Out of State Applicant School Training Form B.  Form B will need to be completed by the school you attended out of state.  You will also need to sign and date the completed Form B. The Initial Exam Application and Form B need to be submitted to the Board at the same time, if possible.  

B. The Board will review your Application and Form B to determine if you have enough hours to qualify for the exam or if you will need to complete additional school hours.  The Board will send you a deficiency letter, if you need to complete additional hours.  You may complete the additional hours in the state you are currently residing or at an approved California school.  

C. A Proof of Training from the approved California school or a second Form B must be submitted to the California Board once the additional hours are completed.

D. After your application is approved, you will be scheduled to take the written and practical exam on the same day at one of our exam sites in Northern California (Fairfield) or Southern California (Glendale).  The Board will schedule you for the exam at the location you selected on your application.   You will receive an admission letter 2 to 6 weeks after your application has been approved, depending on the license type and the amount of pending applications at the Board.  Your exam date will be between 25 to 40 days after you have received your admission letter.

E.  The Board has information about the exam on our web site. We recommend that you review this information prior to your exam. Click Examination Informationfor more details.  

F.   Candidates who pass both portions of the exam on the same day will be issued a license on the day of their exam.

3. I have an out of state license, do I qualify for reciprocity?  What does reciprocity mean?
The Board will grant out of state licensees a California license through reciprocity without having to take the California written and practical exam, if they meet the following requirements.  

(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.

 

4. I qualify for reciprocity.  How do I submit an application to receive a California license?  

A. Contact the state board that issued your out of state license and request a certification of your licensure to be sent directly to the California Board. Florida Full, Facial, and Nail Specialist licenses do not qualify for Reciprocity.

B. Submit a reciprocity application to the Board.  Click reciprocity application to download the application from our website or submit an application online by connecting to BreEZe.   Applications submitted throughBreEZe are processed up to 3 weeks faster than applications submitted through the mail.

C. After your application has been received, the Board will verify your certification has been received and shows you have a current out of state license that meets the qualifying criteria, as stated above.   If the certification has not been received, the board will send you a deficiency letter.  After the certification is received, the application will be re-evaluated. 

D. After your application is approved, PSI will send you a reciprocity approval packet, noting the various PSI locations throughout California.   You will then go to the nearest PSI location where your photo will be taken and the license issued to you. Please call PSI at 1-800-733-9267 to confirm the hours and days the location nearest to you is open.  You can only receive a California license by going to a PSI location in California.  You will not need to make an appointment to obtain the license from PSI.  

5. My out of state license has expired.  Do I still qualify for reciprocity?
No, in order to qualify you must have a current license.

6. How do I submit proof of my out of state licensure to qualify for reciprocity?
The Board requires the state where you hold your license to submit a certification of your license to us.  There is usually a fee associated with this.  Please check with the state where you hold a current license. Florida Full, Facial, and Nail Specialist licenses do not qualify for Reciprocity.

7. If I hold two or more licenses issued in different states, will I qualify for reciprocity?
If one of the out of state licenses is current and you have held it for less than three years, you may qualify for reciprocity, if the same license type was issued by in an earlier year by another state board and is now expired.  In this situation, you will need to order license certifications from both state boards to be sent to our office as verification.

8. What is Form B (Out of State Applicant School Training Record) for?
The Out of State Applicant School Training Form B will be completed by your school to certify your training hours, if you did not obtain a license in that state.  Please attach a certified transcript from your school, if possible. 

9. How do I apply for licensure in California if I am licensed in another state, but have not held that license for three years or more?
The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology requires the following school hours depending on your license type.  The Board does not accept Apprentice hours. 

Cosmetologist = 1600 hours, Barber = 1500 hours, Esthetician = 600 hours, Electrologist = 600 hours, Manicurist = 400 hours.

A. Contact the state board that issued your out of state license and request a certification of your licensure to be sent directly to the California Board.

If you do not have enough hours and are licensed, you can substitute hours for experience.  Include a completed Affidavit of Experience Form C with your application.  For every 3 full months earned as a licensed person in your state, you will be granted 100 hours to be applied toward your training hours.  Example: Your state requires 1400 hours; we require 1500 hours.  If you worked in your state for 3 full months with that license; we will credit you with an additional 100 hours.   You can find Form C on our website by clicking Exam Application Optional Attachments.    

B. Submit your completed Initial Exam Application with the required fee to the Board at the address listed at the top of the application.   You may apply for the exam at the same time you request certification of licensure from the state where you are licensed. The Initial Exam Application can be downloaded from our website by clicking on Examination Application.  Please choose the appropriate application type, as the application fee is non-refundable.   Out of State applicants cannotsubmit an online application.  

C. After your application has been received, the Board will verify your certification has been received.   If the certification has not been received, the Board will send you a deficiency letter.  After the certification is received, the application will be re-evaluated. 

D. Once your application is approved; you will be scheduled to take the written and practical exam on the same day at one of our exam sites in Northern California (Fairfield) or Southern California (Glendale).  The Board will schedule you at the location you selected on your application.   You will receive an admission letter 2 to 6 weeks after your application has been approved, depending on the license type and the amount of pending applications the Board has.  Your exam date will be between 25 to 40 days after you receive your admission letter.

E.  The Board has information about the exam on our web site. We recommend that you review this information prior to your exam. Click Examination Informationfor more details. 

F. Candidates who pass both portions of the exam will be issued a license on the day of their exam.

10. If I don’t have enough hours to qualify for the exam, can I use my experience as a licensed person in my current state? 
Yes, attach a completed Affidavit of Experience Form C to your application.  Every 3 full months you worked as a licensed person in your state is equal to 100 hours to be applied toward your training hours.  Example: Your state requires 1400 hours; we require 1500 hours.  You worked in your state for 3 months. We will credit you with an additional 100 hours.    You can find Form C on our website by clicking Exam Application Optional Attachments. 

11. Can I get a temporary license? 
No; the Board does not issue temporary licenses.

12. How do I apply for licensure in California, if I am licensed in another country?

A. Submit your completed Initial Exam Application with the required fee to the Board at the address listed at the top of the application. The Board will request additional information to verify the education you received meets the Board’s requirements. The Initial Exam Application can be downloaded from our website by clicking on Examination Application. Please choose the appropriate application type, as the application fee is non-refundable. Out of Country applicants cannotsubmit an online application.

B. Once your application is approved, you will be scheduled to take the written and practical exam on the same day at one of our exam sites in Northern California (Fairfield) or Southern California (Glendale). The Board will schedule you at the location you choose on the application. You will receive an admission letter 2 to 6 weeks after your application has been approved, depending on the license type and the amount of pending applications the Board has. Your exam date will be between 25 to 40 days after you receive your admission letter.

C.  The Board has information about the exam on our web site. We recommend that you review this information prior to your exam. Click Examination Informationfor more details.

D. Candidates who pass both portions of the exam on the same day will be issued a license on the day of their exam.

EXAMINATIONS

1. How do I obtain an application for the examination?
The applications for examination are located under the Forms/Publications tab on the Board’s web site. You can also call (800) 952-5210. The hearing impaired may call TDD (800) 326-2297 or TDD (916) 322-1700.

If this is the first time you are applying for the examination you will need to complete the Examination Application for your license type. If you are re-applying for the examination please fill out the Re-Examination Application. You can submit an initial application or a re-exam application online please go to the Breeze FAQ’s for more information. To start the online process go to https://www.breeze.ca.gov/

2. What does the examination consist of?
Please view the Examination Information link on our web page at https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/applicants/index.shtml.

3. I have been convicted of a crime; can I still apply to take the examination?
Individuals who have been convicted of a crime can still apply to take the examination. Please fill out the Disclosure Statement Regarding Criminal Pleas/Convictions form which can be found at https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/forms_pubs/forms/disc_crimpleas.pdf send in with your application or attach it to your online application. Include as much detail as you can. The board may request additional documents relating to your conviction if not enough information is included on the form, this will delay the processing of your application. These are reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that are considered consist of the following.

  • The length of time since the conviction
  • The nature of the conviction
  • Evidence of rehabilitation since the conviction
  • Whether the crime (or act) is substantially related to the qualification, functions, or duties of the licensee.

If you have any further questions please call the Enforcement Unit at (916) 574-7574.

4. How long does it take to be scheduled for an examination after sending the application in through the mail or submitting an application online?

Applications Submitted Online
Written only Re-Exams – You should receive the PSI handbook to schedule the written exam at a time or location of your choice within 3 weeks. The Board does not mail admission letters for the written exam.

Practical Exams both Initial and Re-Exam – You should receive an admission letter within 6 weeks. This is dependent on how many applications the board is receiving. You could get an admission letter in as little as two weeks, but it shouldn’t take longer than 6 weeks. Please note, once you receive your admission letter your exam date will be 25 to 30 days later.

Application submitted through the Mail processing times

Written Only Re-Exams- You should receive the PSI handbook to schedule the written exam at a time or location of your choice within 6 weeks.

Practical Exams both Initial and RE-Exam- You should receive an admission letter within 10 weeks. This is dependent on how many applications the board is receiving. Please note, once you receive your admission letter your exam date will be 25 to 30 days later.

Online applications are processed first and are generally processed 2 to 4 weeks faster than paper applications.

5. I am waiting for my examination date; can I work while I am waiting for my date?
No. You will be cited for unlicensed activity, subject to a $1,000 fine if you are working without a valid license.

6. I missed my examination date. Can I reschedule at no charge?
No. The Board does not reschedule examination dates. You will have to submit a Re-Examination Application with a new fee to be scheduled for a new date.

7. I failed one part of my examination. How many times can I take the examination in a year? Do I have to pay the whole fee again?
There is no limit on how many times you can retake a portion of the examination within that year. If you have not passed both portions within one year you will be required to complete both the written and practical sections again.

GENERAL

1. How can I change the address on my license?
You can change the address on your license online at the Online Licensing page and also request a duplicate of the license with the new address. Your address will be updated within 48 hours. If you requested a duplicate license it will be sent to you within 15-20 business days.

You can also change your address by printing and mailing the Change of Address form. The normal processing time is 4-6 weeks if submitted by mail. If you would like to update the address by email please send the request to barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov or by fax by sending the form to (916) 575-7281 or (916) 575-7282.

2. How can I change my name on my license?
A Request for Change of Name form will need to be filled out and returned with copies of your government issued ID with your new name and marriage certificate, naturalization documents or other legal documents that changed your name to the address on the top of the form. The documents can also be scanned and sent via email to barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov or faxed to (916) 575-7281 or (916) 575-7282. Please attach a cover letter if you are faxing the documents. Allow for 4-5 days to process this request.

If you would like a duplicate license with your new name, you will also have to submit a $10 fee with the form via mail. This fee can also be paid online at Online Licensing, if you have submitted your information by email or fax, once the name change has been completed.

3. Board Members & Board Meetings
All information regarding Board Members and Meetings is located here.

4. Fee Schedule
The licensing fees are located on the Fees page. You may also want to review the Administrative Fine Schedule associated with inspections and citations.

 

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Licensure based on out-of-state license

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.

An applicant for licensure based on an out-of-state license may qualify for licensure provided the applicant holds a current barber license at the time of application in any other state, the District of Columbia, or in a commonwealth or territory of the United States and was issued such license on the basis of successful completion of a program of education and training in hairdressing and cosmetology and successfully completed an examination.

 

Documentation Requirements

A license verification form from all states in which the applicant is or has been licensed, current or expired, forwarded to this office from the appropriate authority in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed as a hairdresser/cosmetician.  The license verification must document that the applicant was issued a license based on successful completion of a program of education and training and that the applicant was issued the license based on successful completion of an examination.  Most jurisdictions charge a fee for verification. Be sure to contact the jurisdiction for fee information.

A complete application with photograph and fee of $100.00.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.

All supporting documentation should be sent from the source to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Barber Licensing

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1930

Email: dph.hairdresserteam@ct.gov

delaware Reciprocity

When to File Application

Complete this application if you hold a current license as a Cosmetologist, Master Barber, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia and wish to apply for the same type of license in Delaware.

  • If you do not hold a current license in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia, you must apply by examination.
  • If you previously held a Delaware Cosmetologist, Master Barber, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist license that has been lapsed over one year, you must apply to reinstate that license.


Choosing Master Barber vs. Barber

The application asks you to choose Master Barber or Barber. In Delaware, a Master Barber is allowed to perform chemical processing but a Barber is not.


Selecting the Method of Application

The application asks whether you are applying by Method 1 or Method 2.

  • Method 1 means that the licensure requirements for your current license were substantially the same as those of Delaware.
  • Method 2 means that the licensure requirements for your current license were not substantially the same as Delaware’s requirements.

Both Methods require you to have passed a written and practical examination which was professionally developed and used on a national basis. Whether your application is Method 1 or 2 depends on whether any jurisdiction (that is, any state, U.S. territory or the District of Columbia) where you are currently licensed requires at least the classroom or apprenticeship hours that Delaware requires. Here are the hours that Delaware requires:

  • Cosmetologist, Master Barber, or Barber – 1500 classroom/3000 apprenticeship hours
  • Nail Technician – 300 classroom hours/600 apprenticeship hours
  • Electrologist – 300 classroom hours/600 apprenticeship hours
  • Aesthetician – 600 classroom hours/1200 apprenticeship hours

It is important to pick the correct Method so that you will submit the correct documents. Picking the wrong Method may delay your application. Use this table to decide between them.

IFTHENselect…
at least one place where you are current licensed requires the same (or more) hours as Delaware (see above)Method 1.
all the places where you are currently licensed require fewer hours than Delaware (see above)Method 2.

If you don’t know how many hours are required in the places where you’re currently licensed, check with the licensing agency in each jurisdiction. See the Directory at www.nictesting.org.


Requirements for All Applicants

Read these instructions carefully. Failing to follow instructions will delay processing of your application. All auxiliary forms you may need are included with the application form.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Enclose a copy of all current licenses you hold in other places. At least one license must be current when the Board reviews your application.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a license verification (also called letter of good standing) from each state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia where you now hold, or have ever held, a license.
    • This requirement applies regardless of whether or not the license is current.
    • The verification must be sent directly from the other jurisdiction to the Board office.
    • You should use the Verification of Licensure for Reciprocity Applications form at the end of this application to request the verification. If you are applying for a Delaware Master Barber, the verification from the jurisdiction where you hold a current, equivalent license must reflect that you are allowed to do chemical processing.
  • If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number.

Additional Requirement for Method 2 Applicants

If you are applying by Method 2, you must submit proof that you have experience in the field in which you are applying for a Delaware license. The proof must show that you have a total of three years of experience in the five years immediately before you apply in Delaware. The three years don’t have to be consecutive. What kind of documents you submit depends on whether you gained the experience while employed or self-employed, as follows:

  • For periods when you were employed, submit a notarized statement from a present or previous employer(s) in the jurisdiction where you are licensed. The statement(s) should give your employment dates and describe the work you did during that period.
  • For periods when you were self-employed, submit tax forms.
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BARBER INITIAL LICENSE FOR OUT-OF-STATE OR OUT-OF-COUNTRY APPLICANTS (ENDORSEMENT) (BAR 4)

A Florida barber license is required to perform all barbering services. If you hold a barber license in another state or country, you may be eligible for endorsement in Florida.

Application Requirements:
 ENDORSEMENT: Attempting to qualify for licensure in Florida without having to take an examination by holding an active barbers license in another state or country whose requirements for licensure are comparable or more stringent than Florida requirements of 1,200 educational hours and passage of a written examination.

    • AGE: Applicants for licensure by endorsement must be at least 16 years of age.
    • EDUCATION: All applicants must have completed at least 1,200 educational hours, comparable or more stringent than those required in Florida, and must have passed a written examination.
    • NACES EVALUATION: Out-of-country barber endorsement applicants must obtain an education evaluation from a credential evaluation service which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The evaluation must be submitted with the application. For more information, please refer to the NACES website.

HIV/AIDS COURSE: The HIV/AIDS course must have been completed within two years prior to submitting an application. Note: the 4 hour course for cosmetology cannot substitute the 2 hour course for barbers. For more information, please refer to our list of board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS Courses.

  • FEE: Pay the required fee as provided in the application. If applying online, you can pay with a credit card or electronic check. If mailing your application, please include a check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Military veterans, their spouses and Florida National Guard members may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, and/or fee discount. Please visit our DBPR Military Services page for more information.
  • APPLICATION: Complete the application by clicking on the “Online Services” link or the “Printable Application” link at the bottom of the page.
If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use our convenient contact form.
georgia Reciprocity
The Georgia State Board of Barbers has “Endorsement,” and therefore, will accept licensees from other states with similar licensure requirements and having no disciplinary action against their license. The Georgia State Board of Barbers does not endorse licenses from Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, or Washington. For all other states, endorsement may be granted or denied on an individual basis in accordance with the law.

Please note you must provide verification of licensure from each state/country of licensure. One of the license(s) must be active when you submit your application for endorsement. Also, the active license must be from a reciprocal state or country. Out of country applications require board review. All documents must be translated in English.
All Instructor endorsement applications must go before the board for approval. The Instructor must have been issued a Georgia master level license in their profession before he/she can apply to endorse an instructor license.

Do I have to take an examination?

  • All licensees must take an examination or be licensed in by endorsement/reciprocity. Those that are licensed by endorsement must produce documentation that examinations were administered

How can I request that a certification/verification of my license be sent to another state?

  • All requests for certification/verification of a license must be requested in writing. Such requests must include your name, license number, and the name and address of the state board in which you are requesting that the certification/verification be sent. Please submit your written request along with the $25.00 fee to the Board office at the following address:

Georgia State Board of Barbers
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217

hawaii Reciprocity

Q:  Does Hawaii reciprocate licenses from other states or jurisdictions?

A: No, licensees from other states or jurisdictions must qualify and apply for a Hawaii barber licensure. The Hawaii Board has no reciprocal arrangements with any other board of barbering.

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Q: Does Hawaii have a residency requirement for licensure as a barber?

A: No, you do not have to be a Hawaii resident, however, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or alien authorized to work in the U.S. in order to be granted a barber license.

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Q: Once I have submitted my application, how long does it normally take for the Board to issue an initial license?

A: Completed applications are reviewed and approved by the Licensing Branch, then ratified by the Board at its monthly meetings. Please refer to the schedule of meetings on this website for the dates. If your application is approved, you will receive your license card approximately 2-3 weeks after the meeting. Your wall certificate should be mailed to you approximately 4-6 weeks after the meeting.

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Q: How long is my barber’s license valid, and how do I renew?

A: All barber licenses expire on December 31 of each odd- numbered year. Renewal forms are mailed to the address of record at least 11⁄2 months prior to the expiration date, so it is important to notify the Board immediately when you change your address so that forms and information can be mailed to you at the correct address.

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illinois Reciprocity

Currently all barber licensing in Illinois falls under the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation in Springfield.

Illinois Barber License Requirements

  • Barber – 1500 Hours
  • Barber Instructor – Barber License + 1000 Hours

Illinois Barber License Renewal

Illinois barber, barber instructor and barber school licenses must be renewed every 2 years by July 31 of odd-numbered years during the month preceding its expiration date. At this time there are no continuing education hours required to renew a barber license in Illinois, however cosmetologists are required to get 14 hours of CEUs during each licensure period, and it is always recommended that licensees take continuing education to stay current int he industry.

Illinois Barber License Reciprocity or Transfer

Illinois offers barber licensure by endorsement. The applicant must be currently licensed as a barber in his or her home state. To seek licensure in Illinois by endorsement, you must file an application, provide certification of your licensure from your home state, documentation of the hours and exams completed in your home state, transcripts from the barber school you attended,verification of employment forms to show at least 3 years of lawful practice in your home state, and the appropriate fees.

Illinois Dept. of Financial & Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone:  (217) 785-0820
Phone: (217) 782-8556
Fax: (217) 782-7645
Website: https://www.idfpr.com

indiana Reciprocity

Barber Application Instructions By Reciprocity

  •   All applications must be complete and accurate upon receipt to be fully processed.
  •   All applications must be accompanied by the $40.00 application fee.
  •   Include a license certification from the state(s) or country you hold, or have held, a license in. (if

    from a foreign country, must include an English translation of the documents). Online certification

    is acceptable if it provides a field for possible disciplinary action.

  •   The state or country you hold a license in must require at least 1500 hours of education or 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 (1000) hours of education. The jurisdiction must also require at least 70% passing on the written and practical exams.

  •   If you have a conviction record, include a copy of the conviction record that indicates the disposition of the conviction. It should include the type and date of the conviction, time served, if applicable, and the disposition of any probation being served or successfully completed.

    * If the applicant’s jurisdiction does not issue a license to practice barbering, the applicant may apply for a provisional barber license (see below).

    ** The number of hours reflects the applicant’s state’s minimum education requirement rather than theactual number of hours that were obtained. If the applicant completed extra hours above and beyond thestate’s minimum requirement, the extra hours would not apply.

    *** If the applicant’s jurisdiction accepts apprenticeship hours as an option for licensure, the applicantshould submit documentation showing proof of completing the education requirement; this may include atranscript from the applicant’s beauty culture school, an official certification from the original jurisdiction that indicates the applicant received 1500 hours of barber education from a beauty culture school, or a letter from the jurisdiction indicating that the applicant received 1500 hours of barber education from a beauty culture school.

    If an applicant comes from a jurisdiction that issues a barber license but does not meet Indiana’sminimum reciprocity requirements, they may transfer their hours from their original out-of-state school to a beauty culture school in Indiana. The applicant would need to graduate from the Indiana approved beauty culture school and then apply by examination. Beauty culture schools may accept hours from an out-of- state school, but are not required by the board to do so.

reciprocity application

Iowa Reciprocity

What are the requirements for licensure in another state?

You will need to contact the board in that state and find out the requirements. Our verification fee for verifying your license to another state is $20.00. Include a money order or cashier’s check for that amount along with your written request. Make check payable to your specific board (e.g., Iowa Board of Athletic Training).

License Verification

How do I verify a license for a licensed professional?

Go to https://IBPlicense.iowa.gov and select License Search. Insert your name or license number. Select your profession from the dropdown list. You may print a copy of your licensure status by selecting Print.

Disclaimer: The Bureau is responsible for maintaining all of the information on the website, including licensure information and public disciplinary action. The information provided on the website is the same information provided through verbal and mail verification, and is true and complete to the best of our knowledge.

The professional boards require primary source verification of credentials prior to issuing a license in this state. The Bureau believes this site is appropriate for verification information, but is not responsible for determining appropriateness of information compared to standards of any given organization or program.

for more information, click here.

 

Kansas Reciprocity

Reciprocal States

ALASKA
ARKANSAS
ARIZONA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
IDAHO
INDIANA
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW MEXICO
NORTH CAROLINA
OKLAHOMA
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
PENNSYLVANIA
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WISCONSIN

 

Kentucky Reciprocity
The Board shall issue a license to any person who is at least 18 years of age and of good moral character and temperate habits, who has a current license or certificate of registration as a practicing barber of another state or other board recognizing authority, which has substantially the same requirements for licensing or registering barbers as are required of KRS Chapter 317.

For an applicant coming from a state or other board recognizing authority without substantially the same requirements, they shall have been a registered barber and worked for 3 years.

If you are coming to Kentucky from another state and meet these requirements please call the board office and we will gladly send you all the information that you will need to apply for approval by the board to become a Kentucky Barber.

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louisianna Reciprocity
§369. Out-of-state registered barbers; qualifications for examination; reciprocity

A. Any person possessed of the following qualifications other than a barber who is covered by reciprocity as provided for in Subsection B of this Section upon payment of the fee provided in R.S. 37:375 and upon his application shall be examined by the board to determine his qualifications to receive a certificate of registration to practice barbering in Louisiana:

(1) Be at least eighteen years old.

(2) Be of good moral character and temperate habits.

(3) Have a diploma showing graduation from high school or have an equivalent education as determined by an examination conducted by the board.

(4) Proves to the board’s satisfaction by sworn affidavits or otherwise that he has practiced as a licensed barber in another state or country immediately prior to making application in this state.

B.(1) A person currently holding a license to engage in barbering issued to him by a proper authority of a state, territory, or possession of the United States of America or the District of Columbia and who in the opinion of the board otherwise meets the requirements of this Chapter upon application may be licensed without further examination if the person holds a certificate issued by a state, territory, or possession of the United States of America or the District of Columbia that has requirements for the certificate that are equivalent to or exceed the requirements of this state and that has similar reciprocal provisions for holders of certificates issued by this state.

(2) The applicant shall submit an application to the board on a form prescribed by the board.

(3) A current Louisiana certificate shall be issued to the applicant on compliance with this Subsection and the payment of the applicable certification fee as determined by the board.

(4) A certificate granted under this Subsection shall allow the holder to engage in the practice of barbering for compensation.

To download receiprocity application, click here.

maine Reciprocity
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massachusetts Reciprocity

Out of State Master Barber or Apprentice Barber (Reciprocity) License Application Instructions

If you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download a copy of the application from the Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Before completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 232 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR).  You may purchase an official copy of 232 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website. 

  1. Requirements to Apply

To apply for an Out of State Apprentice Barber (Reciprocity) license, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a current Apprentice license from another state. (Not a license that says “Apprentice”.  In most states the “Apprentice” means ability to work in a shop without formal schooling.  You must show that you have at least 1000 hours of schooling and you have taken exams to obtain a license if the license says “Apprentice”).
  • You must have worked fewer than two years in the state where you are licensed. 
  • Or have a license shows you were licensed as an Apprentice Barber (not signed up for apprenticeship under a barber instead of going to a licensed school.  Some states have in-the-shop training; Massachusetts does not recognize this form of training.) 

Please Note: If you are licensed as an Apprentice in Massachusetts, you will have to work eighteen (18) months under a Master Barber before you may take the Master Barber license exams.

To apply for an Out of State Apprentice Barber (Reciprocity) license, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a current Master Barber License from another state.
  • You must have worked as a Master Barber for two (2) or more years in the state where you are licensed.

Please Note: If you have not worked as a licensed barber for at least two (2) years, you must apply as an Apprentice Barber and work for eighteen (18) months under a Master Barber before you will be eligible to take the Master Barber exams.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents must be uploaded during the online application process:

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • Transcript(s): Official sealed transcript from your Barber School.
  • Current License Verification: Certification of your current license. This form must be mailed directly from the state board where you are currently licensed to the Massachusetts board.
  • Other License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100.

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $225.  This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments. 

 

 

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee. These fees are in addition to examination fees that may apply. In addition, please note that errors incurred during the payment process, whether online or by money order or personal check, may subject an applicant to an additional $23 fee.

 

for more information on fees and licensing, click here.

 

michigan Reciprocity
Applicants for a barber license must be at least 17 years of age, satisfactorily complete 1,800 hours of coursework at a licensed barber college, pass an examination approved by the board and the department, must have completed at least the tenth grade of school or possess an equivalent education, and be of good moral character.

Applicants who hold a barber license in another state, jurisdiction, or country for 1 out of 3 years immediately preceding the date of application may become licensed as a barber if the requirements for licensure in the other state, jurisdiction, or country are substantially equivalent to the requirements in Michigan. However, a license may be denied or limited if the applicant has been disciplined or disciplinary action is pending in another state, jurisdiction or country.

Barbers who are currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction may apply for a Michigan license by reciprocity. Click here to download the Reciprocal (Out-of-State) Barber License Application. As an applicant coming from another state or jurisdiction, you may want to refer to the Michigan laws and rules.

For more information, click here.

minnesota Reciprocity

Reciprocity: Transferring a barber license/registration from another State or Country

Reciprocity is the process of transferring a barber registration/license between states or countries.  Applications for reciprocity to Minnesota are evaluated on a case by case basis.  The Board will review the education and experience of the applicant as provided in the application to determine eligibility for a Minnesota Barber registration/license. If the applicant’s education and experience is determined to be substantially the same as the Minnesota requirements and the applicant has a current registration/license from another state or country that  is in good standing, a registration/license may be issued. If these qualifications are not met, the applicant may be required to obtain additional training and/or take a Minnesota barber examination to become registered/licensed. See below for applications from another state or country requirements.

Applicant from another State requirements

To apply for a barber registration through reciprocity, complete the reciprocity application (click here for application) and submit all required documentation and fees with your application including: 

  • A copy of your current barber license/registration. 
  • Name, location, and contact information for the barber school attended.
  • Transcript detailing the barber education.
  • Contact the regulatory board where you are currently registered, certified, or licensed to request a letter of license verification from them sent directly to the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners. 

Moving to another State

If you are moving from Minnesota to another state, you should contact the state you are moving to for their requirements. The Board will send verification to the state upon receiving the request and payment of the verification request fee. The letter of verification will be sent directly to the state barber board you request on your form. Print out the verification request form here.   

Currently Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with North Dakota, South Dakota, Arizona, and Kansas.  

mississippi Reciprocity
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missouri Reciprocity

force in the state of missouri or who has practiced cosmetology for at least two consecutive years in another state, territory of the united states, or the district of columbia may obtain a missouri cosmetology license through reciprocity if the following requirements are met:
1. applicants must submit an affidavit completed by the state licensing agency verifying the type of license held by the applicant and that the license is current and in good standing, 2. if applying by experience the applicant will need to complete the work experience section of this application.

3. applicant must attach two color passport type photographs, which have been taken within the last two years.
4. a completed medical examination form by a physician. (barber only)
5. the reciprocity fee is $100.00 for operators and instructors. please make payment payable to the board of cosmetology and barber examiners. 6. state law test – must be completed and returned to the board office with a passing grade of 75%.
7. proof of age – birth certificate or driver’s license.
8. the applicant is not under disciplinary action by another board of cosmetology.

Reciprocity Application

For more information, click here.

montana Reciprocity
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nebraska Reciprocity
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new hampshire Reciprocity
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new jersey Reciprocity
New Jersey offers licensure by endorsement to cosmetologist-hairstylist applicants if he or she satisfies the NJ requirements for licensure as a cosmetologist-hairstylist, and presently hold a current, active license in good standing as a barber or beautician in another state. You must submit an “out-of-state” application and required documentation and pass the New Jersey Board’s examination. The application must be requested in writing and will be mailed to you.

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new mexico Reciprocity
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new york Reciprocity
Yes. For barbers there is a reciprocal agreement between New York State and Maine, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Because of the similarity in license standards in Maine, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, the Department of State will waive the New York State practical exam requirement if you supply an original certificate (with raised seal) from one of those states, along with a completed Barber Operator Application.

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north carolina Reciprocity
  • Out-of-state application .  If you are a barber in another state and you want to receive a license in North Carolina, please download this form.  Please note that not all out-of-state applicants should use this form, but the form has a series of questions to see if you qualify.
    • Note for military members, veterans, and military spouses: if you are a member of the military, a veteran, or the spouse of a member of the military, you may be eligible for endorsement without meeting all of the requirements described in this application.  Please see our FAQ page with information about the different requirements for you, and please feel free to contact the board staffwith questions.

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north dakota Reciprocity
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ohio Reciprocity
Any person who holds a current license or registration to practice as a barber in any other state or district of the United States or country whose requirements for licensure or registration of barbers are substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter and rules adopted under it and that extends similar reciprocity to persons licensed as barbers in this state may apply to the state cosmetology and barber board for a barber license. The board shall, without examination, unless the board determines to require an examination, issue a license to practice as a licensed barber in this state if the person meets the requirements of this section, is at least eighteen years of age and of good moral character, and pays the required fees. The board may waive any of the requirements of this section.

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Applications for an Ohio license to practice as a barber from an individual holding a valid license or registration to practice as a barber in another state, district, or country shall be processed in accordance with the provisions of this rule.

(A) An individual seeking reciprocity, as provided for in section 4709.08 of the Revised Code, shall submit an application, on forms developed by the board, along with the required application fee(s), certified proof of holding an active, equivalent license or registration issued by their state, district, or country of origin, and certified proof of their barber training.

(B) The board may grant licensure, without examination, to an applicant who meets the following criteria:

(1) Is at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Is of good moral character;

(3) Has completed not less than one thousand eight hundred hours of training from a licensed school of barbering. For purposes of this provision, a year of licensed experience may be substituted for one hundred hours of training, up to a maximum of five hundred hours in total; and

(4) The licensing jurisdiction of the applicant extends similar reciprocity opportunities to individuals licensed in Ohio.

(C) The board may, in its discretion, require an applicant to pass an examination prior to granting licensure.

(D) The board may, in its discretion, waive any of the requirements of this rule.

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oklahoma Reciprocity
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pennsylvania Reciprocity
Contact the:
State Board of Barber Examiners
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone – (717) 783-3402
Fax – (717) 705-5540
rhode island Reciprocity
south carolina Reciprocity
Reciprocity Requirements

  1. Possesses at least a 9th grade education or its equivalent.
  2. Submit reciprocity application along with required documents (review application).
  3. Have the state where you are currently licensed mail or email (Boardinfo@llr.sc.gov) a verification of licensure that displays the type of examination passed, status of license, license number, and  disciplinary status if applicable.
  4. South Carolina does not accept “Apprentice” licenses.
  5. All applicants must have passed the National Interstate Council (NIC) examination (theory and practical). If you didn’t pass the NIC examination , you will be required to test in South Carolina before a license can be issued.

For more information, click here.

south dakota Reciprocity
f you have a valid barber’s license or certificate of registration from another state or country, you may apply to transfer your license to South Dakota.

To apply to transfer a license, you will need to fill out and submit the License Application and a
Verification of All Past/Present Licensure (both in Adobe PDF format and available on our Forms Page). You must read and follow the Application Instructions (Adobe PDF format and available on our Forms page) for obtaining a South Dakota license. You must also submit a 3 inch by 5 inch current photograph and pay the license transfer fee of $150.00.

For more information, click here.

tennessee Reciprocity
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texas Reciprocity

Transferring Your Barber License From Another State

License holders from other states and territories may be eligible for a Texas license if their state has education and examination requirements substantially equivalent to Texas license requirements. Your work experience in certain states may also be credited toward the substantially equivalent requirement.

If you are a Texas licensee moving to another state, please check with that state’s licensing agency concerning your Texas license. The information on this page does not reflect whether other states recognize Texas licenses.

How To Get a Texas Barber License Earned through an Apprenticeship Program from Another State/Territory

TDLR now accepts training or work experience obtained through an apprenticeship program. If your license from another state is active and you have met the required work experience, you may be eligible for a Texas Barber license. Please review the information below and follow instructions on the Reciprocity Barber License Application to apply.

  • Search for your state or territory from the list below to determine the years of work experience required to get your Texas license.
  • Provide a certificate of completion for your apprenticeship program in addition to the letter of certification in a sealed envelope from the issuing state. Your years of work experience will be verified by the letter of certification from the state in which you are currently licensed.
  • Download Form BAR005 – Reciprocity Barber License Application (see the Barber Forms page) to apply for your Texas license.
Years of Experience Required for Texas LicenseType of Texas LicenseState/Territory
One yearTexas Class A BarberCalifornia, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Hampshire (Master), Oklahoma, Virginia
Two YearsTexas Class A BarberAlabama, Alaska, District of Columbia, Idaho (Master), Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Vermont, Wisconsin
Three YearsTexas Class A BarberHawaii, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Utah, Washington

States and Territories with Substantially Equivalent Requirements as Texas

Texas Class A Barber License: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho Master Barber, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire Master Barber, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah Barber/Cosmetologist, Virginia

Texas Barber Instructor License: Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire Master, Oregon (1000 hour program), Pennsylvania, Wyoming.

If you found your state listed for your current occupation above (States and Territories with Substantially Equivalent Requirements as Texas), download the reciprocity barber license application or the reciprocity barber instructor license application to apply.

States and Territories Which Require One Year of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License

Texas Class A Barber License: Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah/Barber, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Texas Barber Instructor License: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire Barber, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington.

Note: Barber Instructor applicants must provide the number of years teaching/instructing (not barber occupation experience).

If you found your state listed for your current occupation above (States and Territories Which Require One Year of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License), download the reciprocity barber license application or the reciprocity barber instructor license application to apply. Your one year of experience will be proven by the letter of certification required from the state in which you are currently licensed (see #10 in the application instructions).

States and Territories Which Require Two Years of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License

Texas Class A Barber License: Connecticut, Florida, Idaho Barber, Massachusetts, New Hampshire Barber, Oregon, Utah Barber, Vermont, Wyoming

Texas Barber Instructor License: Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin, Virginia

Note: Barber Instructor applicants must provide the number of years teaching/instructing (not barber occupation experience).

If you found your state listed for your current occupation above (States and Territories Which Require Two Years of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License), download the reciprocity barber license application or the reciprocity barber instructor license application to apply. Your two years of experience will be proven by the letter of certification required from the state in which you are currently licensed (see #10 in the application instructions).

 

For more information, click here.

utah Reciprocity
Contact your current state licensing agency and request a verification of license be sent directly to the Division.  Download and complete the application and submit it for review and processing with the required fees.  Applicants must meet the educational or the experience requirement and the examination requirements.  Applications cannot be completed without submital of verification.
vermont Reciprocity

You will need to log in to your online account and request the official verification and pay the $20 fee. The “Request Verification” option is found within the license box on your dashboard. Please allow 3-5 for your verification to be processed and mailed to the address entered on the request.

*If you have requested a verification be sent to Vermont, please allow up to 14 days for the Office to receive and process the information from your state.

virginia Reciprocity
May I use my license from another state to practice in Virginia? What about applying for a temporary permit?

 

  • No. State law prohibits any person from practicing or offering to practice barbering, cosmetology, nail care, waxing, tattooing, body piercing, or esthetics in the Commonwealth without a Virginia license.

    A temporary permit to work under the supervision of a currently licensed practitioner may be issued to applicants for initial licensure who are eligible and scheduled for examination.

    • Cosmetologists, nail technicians, and barbers: please refer to Section 18 VAC 41-20-90 of the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology Regulations for information on temporary permits.
    • Wax technicians please refer to Section 18 VAC 41-40-80 of the Wax Technician Regulations for information on temporary permits

 

Do you accept scanned applications and supplemental documentation by e-mail?

 

    • Yes, we strive to make the application process as fast and convenient as possible. You may scan the application or document into a PDF (not password-protected) or take a clear photo in JPG or GIF format and e-mail to BCHOPLicensing@dpor.virginia.gov

      Make sure that the scans or photos are high quality and easy to read. We cannot accept scans or photos of poor quality that are are crooked, blurry, cut off, shadowed, etc. The resolution must be good enough to show clearly all text, images, markings, and seals visible on the original paper document. Essentially, when printed, the image must look like a photocopy of the original application or document. 

      Remember to include all pages of multi-page documents and both sides of double-sided documents. If a scanned document is not acceptable, we will request a new, higher quality image or ask you to send it to us in a different way (such as by fax or regular mail). 

      What if I have a criminal conviction?

      A prior conviction does not necessarily prevent you from obtaining a license; there are no “barrier crimes” that are an absolute prohibition to licensure. State law requires the Board to evaluate applicants with past convictions on a case-by-case basis to determine whether their criminal history is related to the profession. The Board must take into account the nine factors outlined in § 54.1-204.B of the Code of Virginia. Only the full Board, voting in public session at a regular meeting, can make the decision to deny an application for licensure.

      If you have a criminal conviction, you must submit the Criminal Conviction Reporting Form, along with a state police criminal history report for every state where you have convictions. Once the Board receives this information, the Board may request additional documents from you pertaining to the conviction, and you may be required to attend an Informal Fact-Finding conference. Learn more here. 

     

    washington Reciprocity

    Licensing requirements

    • To get your license as a cosmetologist, barber, manicurist, esthetician, hair design, or master esthetician in Washington, you must:
      • Be at least 17 years of age.
      • Have a current license in good standing in another state or foreign country.
    • After you get your license, you must post it at your work station.

    How to get your license

    With a current license in another U.S. state

    1. Complete a Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, Master Esthetician, or Instructor License Renewal, Reinstatement, Out-of-Country, or Reciprocity Application (English, Español, Русский, and more).
      • Check ‘reciprocity’ on the form if you took a practical and a written exam to get your license.
        • Application fee is $50 per license.
      • Check ‘out of state’ on the form if you didn’t take a practical and a written exam to get your license.
        • Don’t send an application fee, you need to take the Washington State exam(s).
    2. Contact the state you are coming from and have them send us a certification of your active license.
    3. Mail your completed application, supporting documents, and a check or money order if required (payable to Department of Licensing) to:
      Cosmetology Program
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 3856
      Seattle, WA 98124-3856

    Note: If you apply for a Washington state license, it won’t affect your license in another state.

    With a license from another country

    1. Complete a Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, Master Esthetician, or Instructor License Renewal, Reinstatement, Out-of-Country, or Reciprocity Application (English, Español, Русский, and more).
      • Check the ‘out of country’ box on the form.
    2. Provide proof you have a current license in another country.
      • Include documentation, in English, of any schooling and exams taken. Have a certified translator translate any documentation that isn’t in English.
      • Send copies, not originals.
    3. You might have to take the Washington State exams. For information about exams, see testing information (dlroope.com) for your type of license.
    4. Mail your completed application, supporting documents, and a check or money order (payable to Department of Licensing) for the fees to:
      Cosmetology Program
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 3856
      Seattle, WA 98124-3856

    For veterans

    U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

    west virginia Reciprocity

    TRANSFER LICENSE TO WV

     

    Transferring a license (also known as Reciprocity) to West Virginia is a detailed process that requires accurate and official documentation.If you hold a valid license to practice barbering, cosmetology, aesthetics, nail technology, or hair styling in another state, the following steps are required to transfer your license to West Virginia:

    1. Register for the WV State Law exam through the Board’s testing administrator, D.L. Roope Administrations. You may register for the exam online at www.dlroope.com. For any exam related questions, please contact D.L. Roope Administrations at (888) 375-2020.
    2. Contact the State Board that you were originally licensed and request a license certification be sent from the Board’s office to the West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Some states may take up to 4-6 weeks to process your request.
    3. After you have passed the WV State Law exam, complete the required information in the Reciprocity Packet. https://wvbbc.com/Portals/WVBBC/docs/Transfer%20License%20to%20West%20Virginia%20(Reciprocity%20Application).pdf. No applicant will be considered without proper documentation. Gather all required documents and attach with Reciprocity Packet.
    4. Submit Reciprocity Packet and required documents to the West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. If your application is approved, the license will be issued and mailed.

    *Please note that West Virginia does not require a licensed person to place their current state license on inactive status to become eligible for licensure. If you wish to apply for a work permit while waiting for examination, you must submit the work permit application (out-of-state) https://wvbbc.com/Portals/WVBBC/docs/Work_Permit_Application_out_of_state.pdf.

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    Wisconsin Reciprocity
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    wyoming Reciprocity
    • Must have a current License from another State
    • Be able to obtain Official Certification of Record(s) from the State of your original license and Certification or Verification from any State licensed by Endorsement
    • Graduated from a Licensed Barber School
    • Taken a written and practical exam given by the Board a or Testing Company
    • Meets or exceeds the hour requirements to receive a Wyoming Barber license

    Procedures:

    1.  Complete and return to the Board office the notarized license application along with;

    2.  Copy of current license

    3.  Copy of Government issued ID

    4.  Copy of Social Security Card

    5.  Copy of Proof of Lawful Presence (acceptable documentation is listed below)

    6.  Endorsement Fee

    Request all Certifications and/or Verifications be sent to the Wyoming Board Office

    PROOF OF LAWFUL PRESENCE MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THIS APPLICATION

    The Federal Government requires our office to have a copy of ‘Proof of Lawful Presence’ on file for every licensee. The following list is considered acceptable documentation for proof of lawful presence.

    • A photo copy of a certified birth certificate (not a hospital document) issued in or by a city, county, state, or government entity within the United States or its outlying possessions.
    • A photo copy of a U.S. certificated of birth abroad (FS-545, DS-135) or a report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen (FS-240)
    • A photo copy of a birth certificate or passport issued from: Puerto Rico, on or before January 13, 1941; Guam, on or after

    April 10, 1898; U.S. Virgin Islands, on or after February 25, 1927; Northern Mariana Islands on after November 4, 1986;

    American Samoa; Swain’s Island; or District of Columbia.

      • A photo copy of a U.S. passport
      • A photo copy of a certificate of naturalization
      • A photo copy of a certificate of citizenship
      • A photo copy of a U.S. citizen identification car
      • A photo copy of an individual fee registration receipt (form G-711) that shows that the person has filed application for a new naturalization or citizenship paper (form N-565)
      • A photo copy of any other document which establishes a U.S. place of birth or indicates U.S. citizenship.

    Reciprocity Application

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