New Changes for Reciprocity in New Hampshire

Effective October 15, 2023, the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification’s is accepting license applications to implement
HB 594 (2023) for the following license types:

  • Advisory Board of Body Art Practitioners
    • Body Art Practitioner
  • Advisory Board of Massage Therapists
    • Massage Therapist
  • Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals
    • MLADC
  • Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics
    • Barber
    • Cosmetologist
    • Esthetician
    • Manicurist
    • Master Barber
  • Board of Dental Examiners
    • Dental Hygienist
    • Dentist
  • Board of Medicine
    • Physician Assistant
    • Physician
  • Board of Mental Health Practice    
  • Board of Nursing
    • Licensed Nursing Assistant
    • Licensed Practical Nurse
    • Registered Nurse 
  • Board of Pharmacy
    • Certified Pharmacy Technician
    • Pharmacist
  • Board of Psychology
    • Psychologist
  • Board of Veterinary Medicine
    • Veterinarian
  • Electricians’ Board
    • Journeyman Electrician
    • Master Electrician

Application Process

Individuals currently licensed in good standing in a qualifying jurisdiction may obtain licensure in New Hampshire by submitting the following to the Office of Licensure and Certification:

Application Requirement

Resource

 

Application Processing Fee for Profession:

  • Advisory Board of Body Art Practitioners
    • Body Art Practitioner:  $110.00
  • Advisory Board of Massage Therapists
    • Massage Therapist:  $110.00
  • Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals
    • MLADC:  $240.00
  • Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics
    • Barber:  $50.00
    • Cosmetologist:  $50.00
    • Esthetician:  $50.00
    • Manicurist:  $50.00
    • Master Barber:  $50.00
  • Board of Dental Examiners
    • Dental Hygienist:  $198.00
    • Dentist:  $198.00
  • Board of Medicine
    • Physician Assistant:  $203.00
    • Physician:  $378.00
  • Board of Mental Health Practice    
    • Clinical Mental Health Counselor:  $313.00
    • Clinical Social Worker:  $313.00
    • Marriage and Family Therapist:  $313.00 
  • Board of Nursing
    • Licensed Nursing Assistant:  $63.00
    • Licensed Practical Nurse:  $148.00
    • Registered Nurse:  $148.00
  • Board of Pharmacy
    • Certified Pharmacy Technician:  $128.00
    • Pharmacist:  $278.00
  • Board of Psychology
    • Psychologist:  $328.00
  • Board of Veterinary Medicine
    • Veterinarian:  $183.00
  • Electricians’ Board
    • Journeyman Electrician:  $133.00
    • Master Electrician:  $213.00

Note: Check or Money Order should be made payable to ‘Treasurer, State of New Hampshire’”

 

 

Please mail to:

The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
7 Eagle Square, Suite 200
Concord, NH 03301

 

 

Verification of Licensure in the jurisdiction(s) in which the applicant is currently licensed

 

Per Plc 313.05(a), this verification may be a printout or screen capture of the licensing board’s portal showing the individual is licensed to practice and that the license is in good standing.

FBI/Criminal History Records Check for the following license types:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant 
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Registered Nurse

Obtain a Criminal Background Check (Options B or C)

 

Note: Under Plc 313.07(c), the OPLC may issue a provisional license if the applicant:

  • Has submitted an application and all materials and fee.
  • Has submitted fingerprints and a Criminal History Records Check authorization or scheduled fingerprinting through the New Hampshire Department of Safety.
  • Qualifies for a license by endorsement; and
  • OPLC has not yet received the results of the criminal history records check.

The status of a license issued on a provisional basis will be displayed on the OPLC License Lookup page as “Active-Provisional.”

 

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Under RSA 310-A:1-q, the Office may only issue licenses to professionals who have an active license in good standing rom another jurisdiction if that jurisdiction’s licensing requirements are substantially similar to New Hampshire’s licensing requirements (a “qualifying jurisdiction.”)

To be considered substantially similar to New Hampshire’s licensing requirements, the jurisdiction must meet the criteria established in the Office’s interim rules, which can be found here.

Qualifying jurisdictions for each license type are listed below.

 

Advisory Board of Body Art Practitioners

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Body Art Practitioner

Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia

 

Advisory Board of Massage Therapists

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Massage Therapist

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

 

 

Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

MLADC

California (CATC IV, CATC V, LAADC), Georgia (CAADC), Maryland (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor), Massachusetts (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I), Nevada (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor), New Jersey (Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counselor), North Dakota (Licensed Master Addiction Counselor), Oklahoma (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor/Mental Health), South Carolina (Addiction Counselor Associate), South Dakota (Licensed Addiction Counselor), Vermont (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor), Virginia (Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner)
 

 

Board of Barbering, Cosmetology & Esthetics

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Barber

All U.S. states and District of Columbia

Cosmetologist

All U.S. states and District of Columbia

Esthetician

All U.S. states and District of Columbia

Manicurist

All U.S. states and District of Columbia

Master Barber

Delaware, Georgia, North Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia

         

Board of Dental Examiners

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Dental Hygienist

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

 

Dentist

 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

 

 

Board of Medicine

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Physician Assistant

All U.S. states and the District of Columbia, with the exception of Arizona (Arizona is no longer a qualifying jurisdiction for PAs to apply from by endorsement)

Physician

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

 

 

Board of Mental Health Practice

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Clinical Social Worker (Independent)

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia

Marriage and Family Therapist

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

 

Board of Nursing

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Licensed Nursing Assistant

All U.S. states and the District of Columbia

Licensed Practical Nurse (single state only)

All U.S. states and the District of Columbia

Registered Nurse  (single state only)

All U.S. states and the District of Columbia

 

Board of Pharmacy

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, and Washington,

Pharmacist

All U.S. States and the District of Columbia

 

Board of Psychology

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Psychologist

Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

 

 

Board of Veterinary Medicine

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Veterinarian

All U.S. states and the District of Columbia

 

Electricians’ Board

License Type

Qualifying Jurisdictions

Journeyman Electrician

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

 

Master Electrician

 

Alabama (Electrical Contractor), Connecticut, (Electrical Contractor), Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,  Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma (Electrical Contractor), Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia 

 

FAQs about new Reciprocity Rules in New Hampshire

I do not see my license type listed.  Will my license type be available for reciprocity under HB 594 in the future?  

The Office anticipates filing permanent rules establishing the criteria for endorsement applications in Fall 2023.  These rules will include additional professions.  Please check the Office’s webpage on rules for further updates.  OPLC Laws and Rules | NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification.  

I hear New Hampshire has adopted universal recognition of licensure.  I have a license in another state.  Does that mean I can practice in New Hampshire?

If New Hampshire requires a license to practice a particular profession, you must first obtain a New Hampshire license prior to practicing that profession in this State.  HB 594 does not permit individuals to practice without a license in New Hampshire if one is otherwise required.  HB 594 does allow qualified individuals to obtain licensure by reciprocity. 

What is reciprocity?  

Licensing reciprocity is a state’s recognition of a license in another state as satisfying the minimum requirements to obtain a license in that state.  For example, an applicant who qualifies for licensure based on reciprocity does not need to submit transcripts to demonstrate completion of required education. Licensure by reciprocity offers a more streamlined path to licensure and is often faster than obtaining a license through traditional means.

I have a license in another state.  Am I eligible under HB 594 for a license in New Hampshire?

Please see the list of “Qualifying Jurisdictions” for each license type currently eligible to apply for licensure under HB 594.

How did the Office select the license types to include in its interim rules implementing HB 594?

The Office selected professions to include in its interim rules proposal after considering the current licensure requirements for reciprocity applicants, the availability of other means for reciprocity (such as licensure compacts), and the volume of applications received by the Office.

I am licensed in a jurisdiction that is not considered a qualifying jurisdiction.  I believe the jurisdiction qualifies as having substantially similar requirements.  How do I request reconsideration of the Office’s determination?

Please submit a signed, written statement, pursuant to Plc 210.03, setting forth the decision you are requesting and the legal and factual basis for your request, to the attention of the Executive Director.  Statements may be emailed to the Office at CustomerSupport@oplc.nh.gov or mailed to the following address:

The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
7 Eagle Square
Concord, NH 03301
Attn:  Executive Director

Additional information concerning the process may be found in the Plc 200s, here.
 

I submitted an application prior to October 15, 2023, the effective date of the interim rules.  Will I have to submit the documentation previously required?

No.  As of October 15, 2023, the Office will process all endorsement applications for the professions that fall under Plc 313 under the new rules, unless the applicant is seeking a multistate license under a licensure compact.

Obtaining a License through Reciprocity/Endorsement

How do I apply for a license based on reciprocity?


Please see the Reciprocity page for specific information about application requirements. 

If I obtain a license through reciprocity, do I have to complete continuing education?  

All licensees who obtain a New Hampshire license through reciprocity shall complete all requirements to maintain their license, including continuing education if required by the applicable board.

How do I know my license is in “Good Standing”?

A license is in good standing if it is not currently encumbered, i.e., it is active and has not been suspended, revoked, surrendered, conditioned, or restricted in any way.  See, e.g., Plc 304.02(c).

I have a license in a qualifying jurisdiction, as well as a license in a jurisdiction that does not qualify for endorsement.  Can I apply for licensure through reciprocity?  

Yes.  Provided your licenses are in good standing, and you have a license from a qualifying jurisdiction, you are eligible to apply for licensure through reciprocity under HB 594.

I have multiple licenses in qualifying jurisdictions.  One license is encumbered.  Can I apply for licensure through reciprocity?  

Having a license that is encumbered disqualifies an individual from obtaining a license under HB 594.  However, you may qualify for a license through the traditional application process.  Please consult your board homepage to obtain information on this additional pathway to licensure in New Hampshire.

I do not have a license in a qualifying state.  Does this mean I cannot obtain a license in New Hampshire?

No.  If you have a license in another jurisdiction, but it is not a qualifying jurisdiction, you may apply for licensure using the traditional application process. Please consult your board homepage to obtain information on this additional pathway to licensure in New Hampshire.

Where do I send my application?

Please submit your application, fee, and corresponding documents in one submission via mail:

Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
7 Eagle Square
Concord, NH 03301
 

What does Active-Provisional mean?

If your license status is “Active-Provisional,” we have not received the results of your criminal history records check.  Upon receipt of those results, the Office will either change your status to active, or issue a Notice of Hearing to appear before the board to address the results of your criminal history records check.  A license with an “Active-Provisional” status has no restrictions.

How much is the application fee?

Please consult the fees applicable to your board, which are listed in Plc 1002s.  Additionally, the license types under the following boards, which are included in the Professional’s Health Program, shall pay a $28.00 mandatory fee pursuant to Plc 1001.08:

  • Board of Licensing for Alcohol and other Drug use Professionals
  • Board of Dental Examiners
  • Board of Medicine
  • Board of Mental Health Practice
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Board of Psychology
  • Board of Veterinary Medicine.
     
  • PLC 1001 Adopted