Occupational Licensing in Nevada
What is Occupational Licensing?
An occupational or professional license is a permit issued by the government that lets someone work in a particular field. In Nevada , more than one out of every four workers must now get an occupational license before they can legally do their jobs. But many licenses don’t even improve service quality or protect the public from actual harm.
Licenses Create Barriers to Working in Nevada
Occupational licenses often impose high barriers to entry. That makes it much harder for people to find work or to start a new business. According to the Institute for Justice’s report, License to Work, the average license for low- and moderate-income jobs in Nevada takes 883 days of education and experience. In fact, Nevada has the worst licensing laws in the nation. And those required classes can be very expensive.
For instance, cosmetology is one of the state’s most popular licenses. In Nevada, it takes at least 1,600 hours of classes to get a license in cosmetology. On average, a cosmetology program in the state costs $20,443, while the average student takes out $8,363 in federal student loans. But despite such a hefty investment, many cosmetologists barely earn enough to get by: Half of cosmetologists make less than $19,480 a year.
All told, the state’s licensing requirements come with heavy costs. A separate study by IJ, At What Cost?, estimated that occupational licensing costs the state’s economy $3.62 billion and leads to 34,700 fewer jobs each year.
Licensing Lawsuits by the Institute for Justice in Nevada
On behalf of Lissette Waugh and Wendy Robin, the Institute for Justice sued the state cosmetology board, which threatened to shut down their businesses because they taught makeup techniques without a full-blown license in cosmetology. Prompted by IJ’s lawsuit, Nevada lawmakers exempted makeup artistry from the state’s cosmetology licensing laws.
Recent Licensing Reforms in Nevada
Nevada enacted universal recognition for out-of-state licenses. Under the law, licensed workers who move to the state will be free to work when they arrive and will no longer have to waste their time and money trying to obtain another permission slip from the government. The state also banned licensing boards from denying licenses based on an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.
Can You Get a License to Work with a Criminal Record in Nevada?
Unfortunately, licensing boards in Nevada can deny licenses to anyone who has been convicted of any felony, no matter how long ago it occurred and even if it’s completely unrelated to the license. Nevada received an F in IJ’s Barred from Working report.
How You Can Help
If you are a Nevada resident and you want to help fight against these unfair and unnecessary licensing laws, there are a few ways you can get involved. You can donate to the Institute for Justice, sign up for our email updates, and share our message with your network. Together, we can make sure that all Nevada workers have the economic liberty they deserve.
Nevada Occupational Licensing
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Nevada Occupation Licensing in the News
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Occupational Licensing Research
This third edition of IJ’s landmark License to Work report finds that for lower-income Americans, licensing continues to be widespread, burdensome and—frequently—irrational. It also provides a blueprint for meaningful licensing reform.
Cosmetology | Economic Liberty
Cosmetology is one of the most widely and onerously regulated occupations for lower-income workers, yet little research has explored the experiences of aspiring beauty workers. This first-of-its-kind study takes advantage of federal educational…
Economic Liberty | Occupational Licensing
Earning an honest living is one of the best ways to prevent re-offending. But strict occupational licensing requirements make it harder for ex-offenders to find work, thwarting their chances of successful reentry.
Economic Liberty | Occupational Licensing
Not only do state occupational licensing laws force people to spend a lot of time and money earning a license instead of earning a living, they also impose real economic costs. This study takes advantage…
Learn more about our Economic Liberty work.
Economic liberty—the right to earn a living in the occupation of your choice without unnecessary government interference—is at the heart of the American Dream. Unfortunately, all too many entrepreneurs find that this dream is under constant attack by unreasonable licensing, permitting and other requirements that stand in the way of honest competition.Learn More
Reforming Occupational Licensing Nationwide
All Americans deserve the opportunity to earn an honest living. Yet occupational licenses, which are essentially permission slips from the government, routinely stand in the way of honest enterprise. Since our founding, IJ has fought to roll back oppressive occupational-licensing rules in more than two dozen distinct occupations, ranging all the way from tax preparers to florists to traditional African hair braiders. Learn more about IJ’s occupational-licensing work in all 50 states:
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