BRIEF: Arizona Leading On Occupational Licensing Reform

News Release

June 20, 2019

Briefing Room

Governor Ducey last week participated in a White House discussion on workforce mobility and freedom, highlighting Arizona’s work to lower barriers to employment with first-in-the-nation universal recognition of occupational licenses. The reform fulfilled a priority laid out by Governor Ducey in his 2019 State of the State address. 

Arizona continues to take the lead on reforms that make it easier for people to get to work. Here’s more on Arizona’s efforts to reduce barriers to employment →

Universal Licensing Recognition. Arizona became the first state in the nation to grant universal recognition of out-of-state occupational licenses for new residents in April, making it easier for new Arizonans to get to work. The reform has received praise from USAA, Ivanka Trump, and many others.

Blowdry Freedom Bill. In April, Arizona removed burdensome and unnecessary occupational licensing requirements for those who only blow dry, shampoo and style hair by exempting them from cosmetology regulations meant for more technical salon services. 

Licensing Fee Waivers. In 2017, Arizona passed a law waiving licensing fees for individuals earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, reducing a key workforce barrier for those in need. The new law has resulted in 881 fees waived for low-income applicants since September 2017. 

Moratorium On New Rules. In January, Governor Ducey issued a moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking in Arizona, for the fifth year in a row — every year he’s been in office. The moratorium restricts unchecked government expansion that stifles innovation and job growth and provides Arizona businesses with certainty that they won’t have the rug pulled out from under them.

Rolling Back Needless Regulations. Arizona has identified and eliminated over 1,098 unnecessary regulations, cutting the red tape that gets in the way of job creation and economic growth, saving job creators over $79 million. 

Eliminating Unnecessary Licensing Requirements. Since 2015, Arizona has eliminated occupational licensing requirements for assayers, citrus, fruit and vegetable packers, yoga instructors and driving school instructors in addition to making licensing requirements optional for geologists and cremationists.