Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


occupational licensing, occupational, licensing, cosmetology, barbering, multistate compact, interstate compact, standardization, right to safety, professionals, consumers, state lines


In the United States today, inconsistent occupational licensing requirements create barriers for professionals crossing state lines. In order to deal with this multistate problem without resorting to federal oversight, the states should consider forming an interstate compact to oversee and make recommendations for licensing requirement standardization and uniformity. This compact could oversee licensing for many professions. Multistate coordination has been successful before in other areas such as taxation of multistate businesses. Standardizing occupational licensing requirements would make initial licensure and subsequent relocation easier for professionals, and it would provide consumers with uniform quality of services and uniform protection of their right to safety.