Kansas

35 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed

40th most burdensome licensing laws

45th most broadly and onerously licensed state

Kansas’ licensing laws for lower-income workers rank as the 40th most burdensome, requiring, on average, $133 in fees, 200 days of education and experience, and roughly two exams. Because Kansas licenses relatively few of the lower-income occupations studied here—35 out of 102—it ranks as the 45th most broadly and onerously licensed state.

Kansas licenses several occupations that are unlicensed elsewhere. For example, psychiatric technicians are licensed by just four other states but in Kansas must sacrifice the better part of a year to education (900 hours or roughly 210 days), pass an exam and pay a $146 fee to become licensed. Veterinary technicians, likewise, are licensed by only 35 other states yet must pay $330 in fees, lose two years (730 days) to education and pass two exams to work in Kansas.

Kansas also imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, barbers and cosmetologists are two of Kansas’ most strictly licensed occupations. Both licenses require approximately 350 days (1,500 hours) of education. In addition, the barber license requires a $180 fee and three exams, while the cosmetology license requires $195 in fees and two exams. By comparison, Kansas’ EMT license requires only about 81 days (11.5 credit hours) of education, $130 in fees and two exams. Kansas should reduce or repeal some of its more burdensome and irrational licensing requirements, or—if government regulation is necessary—replace them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.

Burden Rank Occupation States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Min. Grade Min. Age
1 Preschool Teacher, Public School 50 $462 1825 4 years 1 years 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 49 $380 1460 4 years 1 0 0
3 Mobile Home Installer 39 $300 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
4 Veterinary Technician 36 $330 730 2 years 2 0 0
5 Barber 51 $180 350 1500 clock hours 3 12 16
5 Shampooer 37 $180 350 1500 clock hours 3 12 16
7 Cosmetologist 51 $195 350 1500 clock hours 2 12 17
8 School Bus Driver 51 $62 367 1 years and 12 clock hours 6 0 21
9 Makeup Artist 41 $195 233 1000 clock hours 2 12 17
9 Skin Care Specialist 50 $195 233 1000 clock hours 2 12 17
11 Psychiatric Technician 5 $146 210 900 clock hours 1 12 0
12 Manicurist 50 $195 82 350 clock hours 2 12 17
13 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $130 81 11.5 credit hours 2 12 17
14 Funeral Attendant 3 $200 0 1 12 17
15 Child Care Home, Family 44 $85 3 15 clock hours 0 12 18
16 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator 51 $180 0 4 0 18
17 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer 51 $57 0 5 0 18
18 Bus Driver, City/Transit 51 $49 0 5 0 18
19 Truck Driver, Other 51 $57 0 4 0 18
20 Pest Control Applicator 51 $90 0 2 0 18
21 Wildlife Control Operator 23 $0 1 8 clock hours 1 0 16
22 Bartender 13 $0 0 0 0 21
23 Title Examiner 7 $150 0 1 0 0
24 Earth Driller, Water Well 51 $135 0 1 0 0
25 Animal Breeder 28 $200 0 0 0 0
26 Milk Sampler 42 $35 1 1 clock hours 1 days 1 0 0
27 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) 47 $85 0 0 0 0
27 Landscape Contractor (Residential) 48 $85 0 0 0 0
29 Pharmacy Technician 44 $68 0 0 0 0
30 Gaming Cage Worker 29 $60 0 0 0 0
30 Gaming Dealer 28 $60 0 0 0 0
30 Gaming Supervisor 30 $60 0 0 0 0
30 Slot Supervisor 28 $60 0 0 0 0
34 Coach, Head (High School Sports) 48 $0 1 4 clock hours 0 0 0
35 Fire Alarm Installer 39 $0 0 0 0 0

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