NCSL Launches Occupational Licensing Laws Database


Thirty-Four Licensed Occupations Are Covered

NCSL press release Denver— A new database aimed at better understanding how states tackle occupational licensing policy was launched today. The National Occupational Licensing Database focuses on over 30 licensed occupations identified by project partners The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and The Council of State Governments (CSG).

The database is designed to capture professions that may be of key interest to policymakers across the country, and to provide a clear picture of the many discrepancies and variations in licensing requirements for more than 30 growing professions. Some of the professions include: barbers, electricians, nursing assistants, real estate sales agents, and private detectives.

This database displays 18 measures for each profession, including hours of training required for licensure, continuing education requirements and cost of initial licensure. The database also allows users to compare the licensing requirements of a particular occupation between two or more states.

The project, entitled Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice, is in collaboration with NGA and CSG, and is well into the first year of a three-year process focused on researching licensing criteria, identifying those criteria that operate as barriers to market entry and exploring occupational licensing best practices with 11 states as part of the Occupational Licensing Policy Consortium. 

Access the National Occupational Licensing Database.

More information on the Occupational Licensing project.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.