Licensed in Another State & Moving to Arizona

Cosmetology/Aesthetician/Nail Tech/Hairstyling

License Certification

If you are moving to another state and need a license certification or you need license information for another Board, please follow the below instructions.

The certificate will state your name, type of license, license number, issue date, date of expiration, disciplinary action or lack thereof, the basis of licensure, and the licensure requirements. 

Please note that certifications are emailed to the requested state and the requester will be CC'd on that email. We do not mail certifications. 

Step Description Resource
1 Fill out all of the necessary application information.

Request a License Certification

2 After you have filled out the application, you must verify the email address you listed on your application. The verification link is good for 48 hours. If you do not confirm your email address and then move on to the payment, your application will not be submitted.  
3 Select ‘Confirm Email’ on the email sent and then fill out the payment information.   
4 After you have filled out the payment information, you must select ‘Authorize’ on the Order Review page.   
5 The application process is complete once you get to the payment confirmation page. You will receive an email from the Barbering & Cosmetology Board saying that your application has been submitted.  
After Application Submittal

Your license certificate will be sent to the email/state you identified on your application. You will be CC’d on the email that gets sent to the state you identified. It is currently taking up to 4 weeks for certification requests. 

 

Please note that we do not provide refunds if you submit the wrong application. 

 
Note If you were never licensed in Arizona but earned hours in a school and need those student hours, please submit a Certification of Student Hours application. Please note: if your student hours are over 10 years ago, we may not have the information on file. Please contact [email protected] to determine if we have hours to certify for you. Certification of student hours can take up to 4 weeks.

Request Student Hours

 

 

Personal License: If you are licensed in another state other than Arizona, you can transfer your license through Reciprocity which is a license-for-license process. It must be a license and not a registration or certification. 

 

Instructor: 

A.R.S. §32-532: Notwithstanding section 32-531, a person is entitled to receive a license to teach cosmetology, aesthetics, nail technology or hairstyling in a school if the person submits to the board an application for an instructor license on a form prescribed by the board, pays the prescribed fees and complies with one of the following:

1. Is a current licensed cosmetology instructor, aesthetics instructor, nail technology instructor or hairstyling instructor in another state or country.

2. Is a current licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician, nail technician or hairstylist in another state or country and has at least one year of instructor experience in the other state or country in cosmetology, aesthetics, nail technology or hairstyling, or any combination thereof.

3. Does all of the following:

(a) Either:

(i) Submits to the board satisfactory evidence that the person is at least eighteen years of age.

(ii) Holds a diploma from a high school or its equivalent as prescribed by the board in its rules and submits to the board satisfactory evidence that the person is at least sixteen years of age.

(b) Is a licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician, nail technician or hairstylist in another state or country.

(c) Completes instructor training in another state or country that has instructor education requirements that are at least substantially equivalent to those of this state.

(d) Passes the examination for an instructor license.

(e) Has five years of licensed industry experience within the ten years preceding application.

(f) Meets requirements as prescribed by the board in its rules.

 

Step Description Resource
Note

You will need to have your current licensed state send an official license verification to [email protected]. We recommend requesting this from your licensed state first as it can take multiple weeks. We are unable to license you in Arizona without receiving your license verification first. 

 

If you are from Colorado or South Carolina, you do not have to send a certification. If you are from Indiana or Maine, you will need to upload your certification on the application. 

 
1 Fill out all of the necessary application information and supporting documents.

Apply for Reciprocity

2 Review the information you have entered and click ‘Submit.’  
3 You must verify the email address you listed on your application. The verification link is good for 48 hours. If you do not confirm your email address and then move on to the payment, your application will not be submitted. 

List of Accepted Cosmetology Reciprocity Documents

4 Select ‘Confirm Email’ on the email sent and then fill out the payment information.   
5 After you have filled out the payment information, you must select ‘Authorize’ on the Order Review page.  
6 The application process is complete once you get to the payment confirmation page.  You will receive an email from the Barbering & Cosmetology Board saying that your application has been submitted. 
 
 
Note We are currently not administering an infection, protection, and law class. Instead, please review the IFP guidelines. 

IFP Guidelines

After Application Submittal

It currently takes up to 5 weeks for a completed application to be processed.  If any additional information is needed from you, you will be contacted via email.

Upon being licensed, you will receive an email from the licensing portal. If it has been past the 5 weeks, please check your spam folder before contacting the Board. 

 

 

Step Description Resources/Additional Information
Note

Please contact Arizona International Credential Evaluators in order to have your education translated and certified. Please send the required documents to [email protected] so that they can review them, translate it and certify it.

Once the evaluation has been processed, have it mailed directly to our office or emailed to [email protected].

Visit Arizona International Credential Evaluations Website

 

1 Fill out all of the necessary application information and supporting documents. 

Apply for Reciprocity

2 Review the information you have entered and click ‘Submit’

List of Accepted Documents

3 You must verify the email address you listed on your application. The verification link is good for 48 hours. If you do not confirm your email address and then move on to the payment, your application will not be submitted.   
4 Select ‘Confirm Email’ on the email sent and then fill out the payment information.  
5 After you have filled out the payment information, you must select ‘Authorize’ on the Order Review page.   
6 The application process is complete once you get to the payment confirmation page. You will receive an email from the Barbering & Cosmetology Board saying that your application has been submitted.   
Note We are currently not administering an infection, protection and law class. Instead, please view the IFP guidelines. 

IFP Guidelines

After Application Submittal  It currently takes up to 4 weeks for a completed application to be processed.  If any additional information is needed from you, you will be contacted via email.
 
 

 

Barbering

If you are moving to another state and need a license certification or you need license information for another Board, please follow the below instructions.

The certificate will state your name, type of license, license number, issue date, date of expiration, disciplinary action or lack thereof, the basis of licensure, and the licensure requirements. 

Please note that certifications are emailed to the requested state and the requester will be CC'd on that email. We do not mail certifications. 

 

Step Description Resource/Additional Information
1 Fill out all of the necessary application information.

Request a License Certification

2 After you have filled out the application, you must verify the email address you listed on your application. The verification link is good for 48 hours. If you do not confirm your email address and then move on to the payment, your application will not be submitted.  
3 Select ‘Confirm Email’ on the email sent and then fill out the payment information.   
4 After you have filled out the payment information, you must select ‘Authorize’ on the Order Review page.   
5 The application process is complete once you get to the payment confirmation page. You will receive an email from the Barbering & Cosmetology Board saying that your application has been submitted.  
After Application Submittal Your license certificate will be sent to the email/state you identified on your application. You will be CC’d on the email that gets sent to the state you identified. It is currently taking up to 5 weeks for certification requests.   
Note If you were never licensed in Arizona but earned hours in a school and need those student hours, please submit a Certification of Student Hours application. Please note: if your student hours are over 10 years ago, we may not have the information on file. Please contact [email protected] to determine if we have hours to certify for you.

Request a Certification of Student Hours

A.A.C R4-10-602(C)(2) License by reciprocity: A copy of a current barber license issued by a state with which Arizona has a reciprocity agreement and documentation of at least one year of barbering work experience. The documentation shall contain the notarized signature of the barber where the work was performed.

If you have been licensed in another state for at least one year, you can transfer your license to Arizona through reciprocity. Please follow the below steps. 

Step Description Resource/Additional Information
Note

Arizona does not have a barber reciprocity agreement with Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. If you are from one of these states, you will need to provide Proof of Residency. 

 

1

Create an account in the portal.

 
2 After you have created an account, on the left side, select 'Applications.' Select the 'New Application' button and use the drop-down arrow to select 'Barber Reciprocity Application.'  
3 The application you selected will come up. Select 'Continue.'  
4 Fill out the required information and upload the required documents. You can go back to your application at any point if you need to finish at a later date.
5 Pay the application fee. Online payment methods can be Discover, Mastercard and Visa. 
After Submittal

It currently takes up to 5 weeks for a completed application to be processed. 

You can check your application status by logging into the licensing portal.

Upon being licensed, you will receive an email from the portal with your license.

Create an Account in the Portal

 

Step Steps Resource/Additional Information
1

Create an account in the portal.

You MUST use a computer as the portal is not compatible with mobile devices or tablets. 

Barber Instructor Reciprocity Application

2 On the left side, select 'Applications' and use the drop-down arrow to select 'Barber Instructor Reciprocity Application'   
3 The application you selected will pop up. Select 'Continue.'  
4 Fill out the required information and upload the required documents. You can go back to your application at any point if you need to finish at a later date. 
5 Pay the application fee.  Online payment methods can be Discover, Mastercard and Visa.
After Application Submittal

It currently takes up to 5 weeks for a completed application to be processed. If any additional information is needed from you, you will receive an email from the licensing portal indicating what we need from you and to upload the additional information. 

You can check your application status by logging into the licensing portal.

Upon being licensed, you will receive an email from the portal with your license. 

 

 

A.R.S. § 32-322. Barber license; application; qualifications

D. An applicant who holds a valid license or authorizing document to practice barbering issued by another country and whose presence in the United States is authorized under federal law is exempt from subsection B, paragraph 5 of this section if all of the following apply:

  1. The board determines that the applicant is proficient in barbering.
  2. The applicant completes at least three hundred fifty hours of education at a licensed school or program under this chapter.
  3. The applicant signs a document stating that the applicant has read and understands the requirements of this chapter.

Steps for Out-of-Country Barber Applicants:

Step Description Resource
1

Arizona International Credential Evaluations (AZICE) must verify your license or documentation's authenticity. AZICE is the premier evaluator of international education in Arizona. To do this, you will need to email them at [email protected]

Once the evaluation has been processed, have it mailed directly to our office or emailed to [email protected].

Visit Arizona International Credential Evaluations Website

2 Complete a licensed Arizona barber school for 350 hours. 

Find a Licensed Barber School

3

Create an account in the portal. 

 

4 On the left side, select 'Applications' and use the drop-down arrow to 'Universal Application'.  
5 The application you selected will pop up. Select 'Continue.'  
6 Fill out the required information and upload the required documents. You can go back to your application at any point if you need to finish at a later date. 
7 Pay the application fee.      Online payment methods can be Discover, Mastercard and Visa.
After Application You must attend a Board meeting to receive approval from the Board that you are proficient in barbering.  Barber Out-of-Country Application