Only complete applications will be processed; a complete application includes all applicable supporting documents and fees, it will take 4 to 5 weeks to process. Note: If you are applying for more than one license you must pay separately. You would first pay for one license submit application, then go back and pay for the second license and submit application.
• There are two ways to qualify for a license by reciprocity in Arizona: (A) license for license or (B) examination. For either type you need:
Step 1: Make Payment with the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology
Next you will make a payment with the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology on the https://bocpayments.az.gov/ website with either credit or debit card. You will need to fill in the applicants information. The payment amount is $60.00 non refundable for the application fee and an additional $3.00 for processing. (When you receiving confirmation of payment scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a link to fill out the reciprocity application and you can also look in your spam folder.)
Step 2: Fill out the application
After making your credit card payment, click Continue to proceed to Step Two which includes a link to "Complete the Reciprocity Application". The Online Renewal form will open in Adobe Sign and allow for online submission. Please read the following requirements that you will need to attach to the form:
- A copy of your current, active and in good standing license in another state or country (if applicable);
- Verification/Certification of status as set forth in (A) or (B) below;
- An independent evaluation as explained below, if applicable (only applies to out-of-country applicants);
- Current 2x2 passport quality photo (Please note the photo will show on your license).
- Personal Data: Name must be legal name, names on all documents must match. (If names do not match, provide a copy of a legal court document reflecting the name change).
EVIDENCE OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP, U.S. NATIONAL STATUS, OR ALIEN STATUS
You must submit supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on your evidence is not the same as your current legal name.
Evidence showing authorized presence in the United State includes the following:
A. 1. An Arizona driver license issued after 1996 or an Arizona non-operating identification license.
2. A driver license issued by a state that verifies lawful presence in the United States, dated 2000 and beyond. States for which licenses are not acceptable are: Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington, as these States do not verify lawful presence in the United States.
3. A birth certificate or delayed birth certificate showing birth in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico (on or after January 13, 1941), Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands (on or after January 17, 1917), American Samoa, or the Northern Mariana Islands (on or after November 4, 1986, Northern Mariana Islands local time)
4. A United States certificate of birth abroad.
5. A United States passport. ***Passport must be signed***
6. A foreign passport with a United States visa.
7. An I-94 form with a photograph.
8. A United States citizenship and immigration services employment authorization document or refugee travel document.
9. A United States certificate of naturalization.
10. A United States certificate of citizenship.
11. A tribal certificate of Indian blood.
12. A tribal or bureau of Indian affairs affidavit of birth.
13. Any other license that is issued by the federal government, any other state government, an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state that requires proof of citizenship or lawful alien status before issuing the license.
B. This section does not apply to an individual, if all of the following apply:
1. The individual is a citizen of a foreign country or, if at the time of application, the individual resides in a foreign country.
2. The benefits that are related to the license do not require the individual to be present in the United States in order to receive those benefits.
C. If, pursuant to subsection A, an individual has affirmatively established citizenship of the United States or a form of non-expiring work authorization issued by the federal government, the individual, on renewal or reinstatement of a license, is not required to provide subsequent documentation of that status.
D. If, on renewal or reinstatement of a license, an individual holds a limited form of work authorization issued by the federal government that has expired, the individual shall provide documentation of that status.
E. If a document listed in subsection A, paragraphs 1 through 13 does not contain a photograph of the individual, the individual shall also pre-send a Government issued document that contains a photograph of the individual.
F. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Agency" means any agency, department, board or commission of this state or any political subdivision of this state that issues a license for the purposes of operating a business in this state.
2. "License" means any agency permit, certificate, approval, registration, charter or similar form of authorization that is required by law and that is issued by any agency for the purposes of operating a business in this state.
REGISTER & COMPLETE the Infection Protection and Law class. A fee of $25.00 for the Infection Protection and Law class review will be paid. (Due to the pandemic the classes for the Infection Protection/Law have been canceled. To complete the requirement of the Infection Protection/Law class you may complete it by reading the Laws and Rules section's found under Licensing Information-once you have reviewed both sections please print the first page of each section-write the following sentence"I have read and understood the Arizona Laws and Rules that I have reviewed" sign your name and date it. You can either scan it and email it to azboard.azboc.gov or mail it to the the agency.
(A) License for license: If you hold a current, active and in good standing license, this may be the easier way to obtain an Arizona
license. Provide a certification of a current license from another state or country including the beginning and ending dates of
licensure; i.e., a “license” is renewed at set times. A Certificate/Diploma is not acceptable. Contact your governing
board/licensing agency to obtain a verification/certification of licensure. The certification of license must be emailed
directly to our office from the licensing agency [email protected].
(B) Examination: If your government does not “license” or if you have completed the required education and did not obtain a
license in your state or country, or have an expired license; you may still qualify for reciprocity by examination. Obtain
verification of expired licensed, hours, curriculum studied, and/or graduation from a school with substantially similar
requirements corresponding with Arizona law.
The evaluation service will assess education received: If your government does verify hours and graduation, obtain an
evaluation and have it emailed directly to our office:
**National Interstate Council (NIC): If you have taken and passed the written and practical portions of this examination within the last year but are not yet licensed, provide a state certification to that effect.
• If you qualify for examination, you will be contacted with further information and fees.
• If a separate evaluation is necessary, you will be contacted.
If you received your training or licensure outside the United States; or have graduated within the U.S but are not licensed; or the governing board from that state in which you have put in those hours does not verify hours:
(1) Contact an independent evaluation service of your choice;
(2) Send information and fees for evaluation only directly to the service, not to this Board; (DO NOT SEND RECIPROCITY APPLICATION AND RECIPROCITY FEE TO THE EVALUATION SERVICE)
(3) Ask for a general evaluation and have the evaluation sent directly to our office by email to [email protected]
NOTE: Your license will expire every 2 years on your birthday! 2 year renewal fee: $60.00 Delinquent fee: $30.00 Renewals must be renewed online on or before your birthday.
If you have a disability and need special accommodations to participate in Board programs including receiving this information in an
alternative format, please contact the ADA Coordinator at this office.