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What is ‘Reciprocity’ in Licensure?

Posted on December 15, 2023 in

Relocating to a new state can be a challenging time. If someone brings years of experience in a licensed field from another state, it is vital to be prepared for a new career in Arizona for a smooth transition. Find answers to your Arizona professional licensing questions here, and let us help you prepare for a successful career path. 

Understanding Reciprocity 

If you hold a professional license in a state, Arizona will honor that license if you meet the equivalent Arizona licensing criteria for your discipline. This action will make it simpler for you to begin working. Reciprocity will allow you to work without additional training if it meets the guidelines in the discipline outlined by the correct Arizona licensing board.

Licenses are Essential to Many Professions

As of January 2024, Arizona will take steps to simplify the process of reciprocity for new residents of the state and the spouses of active duty military stationed at one of Arizona’s many federal military bases. This news is welcomed by anyone making Arizona home. Many occupations now require licensing to work in a particular field. 

 

States aim to make transferring these skills from state to state more straightforward. A license helps provide the educational tools for professionals to keep up-to-date with fast-paced changes in their field while maintaining the basics of their profession. Depending on your field, the licensing requirements might include educational requirements, renewal processes, applications, and fees, so check with the board that pertains to your field of work. 

Meet Arizona’s Criteria for Reciprocity

Criteria vary according to your profession. The more common requirements can include the following processes:

  • An individual must already hold a license in a field in another state that is being applied for in Arizona. The license or certification must be in good standing in any state where those documents are valid.
  • A license or certification has been in place in another state for at least one year.
  • Minimal educational, clinical supervision, and work experience are met as required by the state the license will be recognized from and verified by that state.
  • When required, the examination requirements to obtain licensing or certification are in place.
  • A revocation of the professional licensing or certification has not occurred, nor has a license been surrendered in any other state or country due to an investigation.
  • A regulating board or body must have imposed no disciplinary action. If corrective action has occurred, the proper actions have been taken to resolve the issue, and a license will not be issued or denied in Arizona until a resolution is reached.
  • No allegations, complaints, or investigative processes should be open or pending. Until the actions are resolved, the application process will be suspended.
  • All fees should be current.
  • There should be no history of a disqualifying criminal record.

If there are concerns with a licensing complaint or investigation, there are options to help you successfully navigate Arizona licensing challenges. This list may not give all the requirements you must meet as a professional.

Work With an Arizona License Attorney  

A professional work history will follow us from state to state. Ensuring your professional license from another state is honored can require the help of an Arizona License Defense Attorney. Stewart Law Group supports professionals seeking to restart their careers in Arizona when roadblocks stand in the way, ensuring your success in the future by offering a free consultation via phone or video.