New Missouri law could affect Kansans with occupational licenses

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July 08, 2020 - 5:47 am
New Missouri law could affect Kansans with occupational licenses
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It's not often that a when neighboring state changes a law, it has an effect on Kansans. Missouri has, and it affects Kansans with occupational licenses.

According to a 2017 report by the Institute for Justice, the average occupational license for lower- and middle-income occupations in Missouri required paying $179 in fees, finishing 348 days of training and experience, and passing one exam...even if you had a license for the same occupation in Kansas.

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That has now changed. Under a new law, anyone who has had an out-of-state license for at least one year can apply for an equivalent license in Missouri. The law is similar to one enacted in Arizona, which became the first state to enact universal recognition for out-of-state licenses last year.

Unlike the Arizona law, Missouri’s license recognition doesn’t impose a residency requirement on newcomers, letting out-of-state licensees apply for a new Missouri license before they move.

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