California Legislature Introduces Cosmetology Compact Bill

The California legislature introduced Assembly Bill 1328 (AB 1328), the Cosmetology Licensure Compact (Compact), to simplify interstate cosmetology practice and regulation with the goal of reducing unnecessary burdens related to licensure by endorsement or reciprocity. Essentially, AB 1328 will make it easier for licensed cosmetologists to work in other jurisdictions.

The Compact will allow licensed cosmetologists to temporarily move from one compact state to another without long application wait times or a hiatus between practicing. The bill ultimately increases the mobility of lawfully practicing cosmetologists in compact-participating states by reducing long processing times. Learn more about the Cosmetology Licensure Compact here.

Once at least seven states pass the bill, cosmetologists in participating states will be able to obtain a multistate license, so long as they have no encumbrances against their license in their home state. So far, six states have enacted the Compact bill: Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. Only one more state needs to enact the bill. Help us support AB 1328 and add California to the list.

How can you help move this bill forward? If you believe an interstate license would benefit cosmetologists, write a letter of support to Assemblymember Marc Berman at Feel free to model your letter after AHP’s letter of support and add some flare with your own experience.

If you have questions about the Compact, email AHP’s Government Relations team at

Note: The Compact is only for licensed cosmetologists and is not available to licensed barbers or licensed estheticians. Compacts for these professions may become available in the future.

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