U.S. State professional licenses

In the United States, the state governments have jurisdiction for issuing most professional licenses for various professions and individuals. This includes numerous vocational fields, which can vary among individual states. These can include well-known professionals such as medical doctors or psychologists, or more vocational types of occupations such as bartender, massage therapist or barber. It can also include many other professionals, such as social workers, occupational therapists, etc.

It is now possible to verify an individual state license in all states online, via websites set up by each state government, by different agencies. Some private websites provide links to all such databases, in one location.

License standards and issues

Licensing standards can differ widely from state to state. Also, the fields and occupations which states require to be licensed may differ widely. Some states may require a written examination for a license, while others may require several years of field experience as a student or intern. Some states have license requirements which are fairly uncommon among other states; for example, four states require licensing for interior designers. [http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10024535 Of Horse teeth and liberty] , The Economist, 10/27/07. ] The State of Illinois requires four exams to become a "nail technician," or manicurist. [ [http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=022504100HArt%2E+IIIC&ActID=1351&ChapAct=225%26nbsp%3BILCS%26nbsp%3B410%2F&ChapterID=24&ChapterName=PROFESSIONS+AND+OCCUPATIONS&SectionID=53691&SeqStart=10900&SeqEnd=12100&ActName=Barber%2C+Cosmetology%2C+Esthetics%2C+and+Nail+Technology+Act+of+1985%2E (225 ILCS 410/) Article IIIC, Nail technicians] , Section 3C-7, Illinois State Law: Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technology Act of 1985. ]

There is often debate about the level and type of regulation needed. In Texas, there has been recent debate about state regulations which prohibit horse floaters from working on horses if they are not licensed veterinarians. ]


External links

Links pages:

* [http://www.noah-health.org/en/usmd/state.html List of state verification sites] , at [http://www.noah-health.org noah-health.org] . (New York Online Access to Health.)

* [http://www.circare.org/boards/statebrdsthree.htm#ny List of state verification sites] , especially for medical licenses, at [http://www.circare.org circare.org] (Citizens for Responsible Care and Research)

amples of search sites:

* [http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/default.asp Illinois state site] - features pull-down menu, listing all licensed professions

ee also



Driver's license


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