What is the NIC National Database?

The NIC National Database is a repository of information that supports licensure portability by expediting verification of licensure across state lines. Boards supply license verification information (including any disciplinary action) on a regular basis that other boards can then access to determine which applicants are licensed in which states and most importantly, if they are in good standing. The database will include licensure status, expiration dates, and any restrictions on the license, as applicable. The NIC National Database will also support a National Registry of participating licensees in the beauty industry. State boards, licensed professionals, and members of the public will be able to perform online searches of the database at any time to confirm active licensure (if validated by the originating state of licensure). NIC Member Boards will be able to access additional information, including any associated disciplinary documentation.

What are the benefits of a National Database?

Promotes public safety and protection of the public.

  • Creates one common source of truth for licensee verification information.
  • Reduces the administrative burdens of out-of-state applicants for regulatory boards.
  • Allows boards to easily determine where a person is licensed, if the license is current (i.e. renewed), and if the person has any disciplinary action or restrictions of any kind.
  • Increases transparency and efficiency for applicants, licensees, and boards.
  • Enables a quicker application process for licensees moving from state to state (via endorsement), including military families.

How is NIC Supporting the National Database?

NIC is collaborating with Certemy, a leading provider of occupational licensing management software, to establish a National Database for the beauty professions. Together, NIC and Certemy will provide a simple mechanism for participating state boards to upload data in order to keep the database current. A licensee’s record can show every state they are licensed in and the type of license(s). State boards, licensed professionals, and members of the public will also be able to perform online searches of the database via a National Registry at any time to confirm active licensure (if validated by the originating state of licensure). NIC Member Boards will be able to access additional information, including any associated disciplinary documentation.

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