Will My Professional License Be Valid in Other States?
You’ve invested substantial amounts of time and money into obtaining
your occupational license, like a real estate license. But now, you want to
move to another state. Will you have to go through the process all over again?
Unlock Legal, an Orange County, California-based professional
license defense firm, wants you to know the rules for moving your
career to another state so you don’t run into problems
with a licensing board.
Can I Take a Licensed Job in Another State?
With the exception of a handful of jobs, like piloting, individual
states have licensing boards that set their own requirements to work jobs
requiring a professional license. For example, the minimum requirements to
become a licensed teacher vary from state to state because each state has its
own education department. If you’ve made a career as a teacher in New Jersey,
you won’t be able to apply for teaching jobs across the Hudson River in New
York unless you hold teaching credentials in both states. That’s the way it
works for most licensed jobs in most of the country.
As of summer 2019, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Montana are the only
states that recognize out-of-state licenses for most jobs. If you’re a licensed
professional thinking about moving, those are the states where it will be
easiest to resume your career.
How Do I Get Licensed in Another State?
The process to get the credentials to practice in another state
depends on the state you’re moving to and the job itself. For many jobs, all
you’ll need to do is submit documents proving you have met the minimum
eligibility requirements for licensure in that state, such as university
transcripts or recommendations from past managers. Other jobs might require you
to take an exam to prove you have the minimum qualifications necessary to be
Unlock Legal, an Orange County-based professional licence defense firm, has worked with licensed professionals across dozens of industries. If you’ve crossed state lines and are having issues with your professional license, we might be able to help. If you have a conviction on your record, and you are concerned this could prevent you from getting your license, give us a call at 949-268-2857 or email us here.