Occupational Licensing Project


Research and Publications

Find recent research and publications on occupational licensing by NCSL or our partner organizations, the Council of State Governments and the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices.


Recent News

View our most recent blog posts, webinars and current events on Occupational Licensure. 

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State Regulatory Structures Report

Regulatory boards and/or agencies are the key bodies in state government responsible for setting licensing requirements, reviewing licensee applications, investigation complaints against licensees and carrying out disciplinary measures. Learn more about how these bodies vary from state-to-state and how their structure can influence occupational licenisng policy and practice.  


The National Occupational Licensing Database

The National Occupational Licensing Database contains licensing data for 30-plus occupations across all 50 states, including education requirements, experience requirements, fee information and more for licensure.


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Occupational Licensing Legislative Database

This database contains legislation from all 50 states covering 34 distinct occupations and also contains legislation on occupational licensure laws more generally, including bills impacting the  four population groups that have been identified as being disproportiantely impacted by licensure-related barriers to labor market entry.