The Maryland legislature introduced Senate Bill 27 (SB 27), regarding the Cosmetology Licensure Compact (Compact), in mid-January to simplify interstate cosmetology practice and regulation with the goal of reducing unnecessary burdens related to licensure by endorsement or reciprocity. Essentially, SB 27 will make it easier for licensed cosmetologists to work in other jurisdictions.
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. 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 bills ultimately increase the mobility of lawfully practicing cosmetologists in compact-participating states by reducing long processing times. Learn more about the Cosmetology Licensure Compact here.
AHP is in favor of SB 27 and will send a letter of support to the Maryland legislature ahead of the upcoming committee hearing. If you believe an interstate license would benefit cosmetologists, write a letter to your representatives. Please feel free to model your letter after ours and share your own experiences with lawmakers.
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.