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Does Oklahoma honor occupational licenses from other states?

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2022 | Business Law |

If you hold a professional license in one state, it may not transfer to another state. Not every state honors a universal license agreement where each state recognizes the licensing of another state.

If the state does not have universal licensing, then you would have to go through the process of securing a license in that state. The good news is if you hold a license in another state and come to Oklahoma, the state does honor universal licensing, according to The Center Square.

Universal Licensing Recognition Act

The Universal Licensing Recognition Act is the law that provides for recognizing licenses from other states. The act covers certain occupations and also makes licensing easier for those who would need to get a new one.

In general, universal licensing applies in situations where the other state’s requirements are similar or the same as Oklahoma’s rules and requirements.


The law does not cover every occupation, but if your occupation is not part of the law, the Act does allow for a quicker process for securing a new license in the state. In addition, the act does not exclude you from having to pay fees or meet certain requirements for the covered occupations.


The reason for a universal license is that it makes it easier for people to move into the state and work. It encourages businesses to move to Oklahoma as well. The whole idea is to make licensing less of a hassle and make it easier for everyone.

If you move into Oklahoma, it is a good idea to check if your license falls under the universal licensing law. You can save yourself time and money if you simply apply the law to your situation instead of going through the whole licensing process in this state.