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.
Beginning in 2022, the DOL must annually review and analyze approximately 20 percent of the professional licenses it regulates. The DOL must complete a review of all professional licenses within five years.
By August 31 of each year, the DOL must prepare and submit a report to the Legislature and recommend whether each professional license reviewed should be terminated, continued, or modified. Report requirements include, but are not limited to:
The Legislature may request the DOL to further analyze whether a profession's licensing regulations meet the state's licensing reform policies and recommend a course of action that is directly related to the need, consistent with the health, safety, and welfare of the public. If the DOL recommends a change to professional regulations, the DOL must recommend the least restrictive regulation consistent with the public interest.