Your passion is limitless. Your license is not.
Did you know your current license is not recognized nationwide? Move to another state and you will be required to continue your education first — no matter your experience. It’s time we set a new beauty standard.
Our goal is that industry professionals can practice with their current license in any state.
But to do so, we first need to pass license mobility legislation to allow stylists to move freely, taking a valid license with them to any part of the country. It’s this barrier that puts limitations on our industry and the very talented, passionate people within it.
The Cosmetology Compact (Mobility)
FBIC is partnering with the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the mobility of licensed cosmetologists through the development of a new interstate Compact. This additional licensing pathway will create reciprocity among participant states and reduce the barriers to license portability and employment.
Three states enacted Compact legislation in 2023 – Alabama, Arizona and Kentucky. The Compact will become active after seven states enact it into law.
Learn more about the Compact.
Did You Know?
Universal recognition of licensing is practical, legitimate and achievable. It has been great for Illinois and Arizona. Allowing licensed professionals who move to those states to practice legally without barriers.
The non-recognition of current, active cosmetology licenses from state to state has long been a concern for many in the industry.
Many state licensing laws have not been updated or modernized in decades. Laws have become a deterrent to stylist mobility in a society that’s increasingly mobile and transient.
Salon owners have jobs waiting and license mobility assists in filling those positions.
The more difficult it is to obtain a license, the more likely licensed professionals are to work non-licensed or not work at all in the cosmetology industry.
Let’s get newly relocated stylists back into the work force sooner, earning wages, paying taxes and repaying loans.
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