Arizona Cuts Red Tape for Occupational License Holders

Arizona will begin to recognize out-of-state occupational licenses as a result of a law passed on April.

That makes Arizona the first state in the country to do so, cutting the usual red tape that professionals find when they move across state lines and need to renew their licenses.

House Bill 2569, the legislation that brought about the change, was widely promoted by Gov. Doug Ducey, who has been a tough critic of professional licensing boards, at one point calling them a “group of special interest bullies.”

Regardless of how one feels about the boards, the new law will make it much easier to bypass their authority as long as newcomers to Arizona have been properly licensed in their state of origin for at least a year and are otherwise in good standing there. Supporters of the legislation say the changes will lower barriers to entry to the workforce—obstacles that a conservative public-interest group found applicable to 68 of the 102 low-income occupations they studied. For the jobs that required a license, the Institute for Justice concluded, there were average fees of $612 and a time investment of about two years.

Leaving aside the politics of the new law, the  change will open a door for employers looking to hire new Arizona transplants for jobs that need professional licenses, a group of occupations that includes barbers, real estate professionals, nurses, and teacher assistants. Contact Employers Council to see what implications this has for your hiring policies.