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What Does a Professional License Report Include?

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Professional licenses are issued, stored, and managed by various companies, agencies, and legal entities across the country. Therefore, finding a specific type of license for a professional can be difficult and waste a lot of time. Using InfoTracer’s powerful search engine, you can find over 100 million nationwide professional licenses and certifications within minutes. You only need the person’s name and state or license number to search. Some information you can find in our professional license reports when available include:

  • License Type
  • Certification Number
  • Type Class
  • License Status
  • Business/DBA
  • Sector/Discipline
  • Licensee Address
  • Business Address
  • Issue Date
  • Expiration Date
  • Issue Source
  • Issue Location
  • Jurisdiction
  • Licensing Authority
  • Licensing Entity Name
  • Business Contacts
  • License Filings
  • Business Information

What is a Professional License?

What is a Professional License?

Certain professions require licenses, certifications, or permits. Professional licenses are credentials verifying that the practitioners have acquired the proper education, training, and skills to perform their specific job. Typically licenses only last a certain amount of time, then they expire, and the license holder must apply to renew.

Licenses may be issued by state and federal government agencies, private companies, and other qualified licensing authorities with the power to license someone in a particular field.

Licensing requirements vary widely between states. Therefore, if someone obtains a license in one state and then moves to another, they must reapply within their new state for licensing and follow the requirements.

Types of Professional Licenses

There are many different types of professional licenses, permits, and certifications. A wide variety of industries require professional certification to practice legally. Some of the occupations that require licensing include:

  • Lawyers
  • Healthcare professionals (doctors, registered nurses, etc.)
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Professional engineers
  • Social workers
  • Pilots
  • Occupational therapists
  • Architects
  • Tradesmen like plumbers and electricians
  • Service industries like barbers, hairdressers, bartenders, and massage therapists
  • CPAs (certified public accountants)
  • Cosmetologist
  • Court reporters
  • Commercial fishing
  • Commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Acupuncturists
  • Dental professionals
  • Family mediators
  • Foresters
  • Funeral directors
  • Home inspectors
  • Home installers
  • Landscape architects
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Natural scientists
  • Naturopathic practitioners
  • Home caregivers
  • Pharmacists
  • Land surveyors
  • Optometrist
  • Podiatrists
  • Real estate appraisers
  • Real estate agents
  • Septic evaluators
  • Veterinarians
  • And More

Who Grants Professional Licenses?

Who Grants Professional Licenses?

State licensing boards are typically responsible for licensure in the United States. This includes health care professionals, legal professionals, teachers, skilled laborers and engineers, and other tradesmen. Every state has a legal authority (state board) that handles these individual state licenses. Most related professions deal entirely inside the state and are subject to state law. In industries that cross state boundaries, the federal government has jurisdiction.

Some examples of agencies that grant licenses include:

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Frequently Asked Questions About
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How to Lookup a Professional License

Some state licensing agencies have lookup features on their (.gov) websites where you can check to see if a professional carries a valid license. Not all issuers offer this service, however. You can use InfoTracer to find occupational licenses from all over the U.S. instantly.

Does a Professional License Expire?

Yes. Most professional licenses expire after a certain number of months or years. The holder must reapply by taking an exam, pursuing professional development, or satisfying other requirements to renew their license. Some practitioners may allow their licenses to lapse. It is essential to look up someone’s professional license to ensure they operate under a valid, current license. Many licenses carry a five-year term.

Who Needs a Professional License?

Many different types of occupations require business licenses along with work experience. Some of these industries include the medical fields (health, mental well-being, alternative medicines, etc.), law, flight, engineering, education, cosmetology, and social work, to name a few. Consult the list above for more jobs that require professional licenses. Some licensing requirements also specify education, such as a bachelor’s degree.

How to Search a Contractor License

Before hiring a contractor to build a home or work on an existing house, it is imperative to determine if the contractor has a legal, current contractor’s license. You can search online with some state agencies to find contract licenses, but not all states keep their licensing files on the web. A better option is to use an InfoTracer search to find contractor licenses nationwide.

What Do I Need to Look Up a Professional License?

You can search InfoTracer using just the person’s name and state. If you have the license number, you can also search using that.

What Information Can I Find When Looking for a Professional License?

Looking up a professional license can reveal a lot about someone, including the license type and issuing authority, license status, issue and expiration dates, jurisdiction, and more.

What is a Professional License Number?

When an agency issues a professional license, they assign a unique identifier called a professional license number. These numbers make them easy to find when searching. You can enter a professional license number in InfoTracer’s search box and find out all about a person, including related public records, social media, and web data when available.

Why Does a Real Estate Professional Need a License?

Professional licenses ensure that the practitioner is well educated and fully qualified to do the job. For example, in real estate, to ensure the quality of service, a real estate professional must have a license to legally help buyers and sellers within their chosen jurisdiction.

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