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Sanitation License and State Change

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I couldn't find a straight answer online so I figured this might be a lot faster. I plan on moving in about a year to a different state (Illinois to Iowa). I've been trying to find out what happens with my ServSafe sanitation license. I was wondering if there's a process to this. I wasn't sure if there's paperwork to fill out or if I have to retake the course in the new state. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Did you try their health dwpt page? Here it is.
www.dia.iowa.gov/food/
Or you could call them with your questions at 515-281-6538
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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It will be hard to find this online as there are a lot of variables.  Some places don't require documented servsafe training (although these places are becoming fewer and fewer) some places require standard servsafe training and testing, others require you pass localized versions of servsafe, although these places tend to use servsafe manuals as their guides, and others require signifcantly more classroom time than other places.  It used to be that Chicago required 40 hours of training to get your initial foodhandlers license and considerable less to renew.  This was quite different from the state of Illinois's licensing standards.  Wisconsin requires an 8 hour course and passing of their test for the initial license and only a 4 hour refresher course and test.  Some places will accept testing from other municipalities will others don't.  And to make things even more confusing, these laws seem to change almost every year.  I would contact the local health department where you are moving to and they will be able to tell you exactly what their requirements are and if testing in other areas will be allowable.  Chances are they will not be, and you will be forced to do the class all over again.

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