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Behavior Analyst Universal Recognition Application
Instructions and Downloadable Forms

BA Application for Licensure by Universal Recognition

Forms and Instructions for Behavior Analysts applying for licensure by Universal Recognition


A.R.S. § 32-4302 establishes eligibility for licensure by "Universal Recognition". An applicant shall:

  • Submit documentation establishing residence in Arizona. This may be uploaded to the Submitted Documents section of the application. See the Board's Substantive Policy Statement on page 2 for a list of acceptable evidence. 
  • Be currently licensed or certified for at least one year in another U.S. state or territory in the discipline applied for and at the same level of practice as recognized in Arizona. 
  • BCBA certification is NOT a license; it is a certification.  Visit the BACB's website for a current list of states that require licensure for behavior analysts. 
  • Be in good standing in all states where currently or previously licensed. Verification is required directly from the licensing board to the Board for all licenses ever held regardless of the status of the license. See "Documents to Be Submitted by Verifier" below for details. 
  • Have met all applicable education, work, exam, and/or clinical supervision requirements in the other state where originally licensed. 
Supporting documents and forms linked below may be downloaded for the Behavior Analyst Application for Licensure by Universal Recognition.




Use the Applicant Portal to submit the online application. Use Chrome on a desktop or laptop computer. Other browsers and mobile devices are not compatible and may result in errors.  Have the following documents ready for upload to the online application. 

  • Appropriate Documentation for "Yes" Answers
    • For Declaration (professional conduct) application questions, if your answer is "yes", additional documentation is required. See this PDF for a list of the associated documentation or evidence that the applicant must submit to the Board if the applicant’s answer to a question is “yes”.  Please note, your application will not be administratively complete until all associated documentation or evidence and a written detailed explanation addressed to the Board are received in the Board's office.  Failure to disclose adverse history on an application may result in denial of the application, or disciplinary action against a license, up to and including revocation. 
  • Statement of Citizenship or Alien Status Form (SOC):  All applicants are required to complete and submit this form. U.S. citizens must complete Sections I, II and IV.  Citizens of other countries must complete all four sections. This form needs to be uploaded to your online application where indicated.
  • Current Government Issued ID:  Federal and state laws require applicants to provide proof of lawful status in the United States in order to receive a "public benefit" such as a professional license. Not all IDs are the same. See the Evidence List (page 3 of the SOC form) for accepted forms of ID. After uploading the SOC, please use the same upload button to upload a color photo or PDF of an appropriate ID per the evidence list. The upload must be high resolution, in color and readable. 
  • Licenses and Certifications:   If you do not have a license in another state or territory of the U.S., you are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for licensure by Universal Recognition.  In the application, list your BCBA certification in the "Certifications" section and your licenses in the "Licenses" section.  See the instructions below for verification of your license(s).  Your BCBA certification will be independently verified by Board staff. You do NOT need to order verification of your BCBA certification. 



  • License Verifications
    • Verification of Licensure is required from every jurisdiction (U.S. state, district, territory or Canadian province) that has ever issued the applicant a license, registration and/or certification for any profession, regardless of current status (active, inactive, expired, revoked, surrendered, or otherwise). 
    • A form is NOT provided for license verifications, which are Primary Source Verifications (PSVs).  Many boards, including Arizona's Board of Psychologist Examiners, no longer produce written PSVs of licensure separate from their online license lookups or licensee search pages. If any of your other licensing Boards have an online license lookup that states it is a "primary source verification", you may upload a screenshot or PDF of the online verification at the appropriate point in your application. If the primary source verification statement is on a separate page of that Board's website, please include a PDF or screenshot of this statement with the verification. (Use a Snip tool/app to take a screenshot, paste it into a Word document, repeat as needed if the PSV statement is on a separate web page, then print to PDF. ) No explanation is needed regarding this. Board staff is aware of this trend and knows to look for the primary source verification statement when these are uploaded. 
    • For PSV of licensure, the verification must state if there have been disciplinary actions taken against the license, or not.  If there are no actions, it is not enough to have nothing listed. There must be an unequivocal statement that there have been no actions. For this Board, the online verification states "Board Actions" and "None" or it will list details and a downloadable PDF copy of the action(s).  Every state has its own way to say it, but it must be included for it to be a PSV that meets requirements for a license application. 
    • If any of your other licensing Boards do not have the PSV statement on their online license lookups/licensee searches, or do not include a statement regarding the status of Board actions, applicants are responsible to contact their licensing Boards to request that verification of the license be sent to the Arizona Board. Each state has their own requirements for how to make this request. The applicant is responsible for any fees incurred. 
    • Make sure to include ALL U.S. states, districts and territories, as well as any Canadian provinces in which you hold or have ever held a license (certification, registration, etc.) regardless of current status of that license, in the applicable fields of the online application. Failure to do so is considered unprofessional conduct per A.R.S. § 32-2061(16) (and possibly other violations) and historically has resulted in denial of the application or disciplinary action against the Arizona license, up to and including revocation.