Arizona Will Recognize Out-of-State Occupational Licenses

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer May 2, 2019
Arizona Will Recognize Out-of-State Occupational Licenses

​Arizona is the first state in the nation to recognize occupational licenses from other states, eliminating a recertification process that critics say is an unnecessary obstacle to workers and a drag on local economies.

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Regulation Reduction

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation in April that recognizes occupational licenses for new state residents who held a similar license for at least a year in another state. Analysts estimate that the law will affect workers in dozens of jobs such as doctors, dentists, funeral directors, hairdressers, manicurists and realtors. Exceptions to the change include lawyers, security guards and private investigators.

(Associated Press)

State Democrats Disagree

Democrats in the state's Republican-controlled House argued against the bill, saying that Arizona's standards for occupational licenses could be weakened if the state accepts workers who have undergone less-stringent certification processes for credentials. On the national stage, Democrats, including President Barack Obama's administration, have been in favor of increasing occupational license portability.

(The Washington Times)

The Problems with Licenses

Opponents of per-state occupational licensing say that the differences in requirements from one state to the next can make finding work expensive and time consuming for licensed professionals who move to another state. The share of workers requiring a license to do their job has exploded from about one in 20 to one in four over the past 60 years, according to a study of the issue by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association and the Council of State Governments.

(SHRM Online)

Trump Takes Action

President Donald Trump sent an official to Arizona to urge lawmakers to adopt the universal licensing bill. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) also announced $7.5 million in grants to eliminate or streamline occupational licensing requirements and increase portability between states.

(U.S. Department of Labor)


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