The Department of Licensing (DOL) regulates a number of businesses and professions. For regulated professions, the DOL issues licenses and ensures compliance with professional standards and laws. Examples of professions regulated directly by the DOL, or in coordination with a board or commission, include:
Requirements for a professional license, certificate, registration, or permit vary considerably. Some professions may require:
Many professions have provisions for some form of reciprocity or consideration of experience from other states or military service. In addition, the DOL and other licensing authorities must expedite the issuance of a broad range of professional licenses, certificates, registrations, or permits for qualified military spouses.
After January 1, 2022, the state may not impose regulations on an unlicensed profession except for the exclusive purpose of protecting the public interest. Bills introduced to regulate or implement a new professional license for the first time should be enacted by the state only when:
The Legislature must evaluate regulation of new professional licenses using this criteria and consider governmental and societal costs and benefits. If the Legislature finds that it is necessary to regulate an occupation by implementing a professional license requirement not previously required by law, the least restrictive alternative method of regulation should be implemented as follows:
"Public interest" is defined as protection from a present and recognizable harm to public health, safety, or welfare. The term does not include speculative threats, or other nondemonstrable menaces to public health, safety, or welfare. The term "welfare" includes the financial health of the public when the absence of governmental regulation unreasonably increases risk and liability to broad classes of consumers.