businesses - regulatory agencies

Introduction

Many companies require licenses or regulatory permits to operate. These companies include everything from nursing homes and child care facilities to contractors and pharmacies.

The licensing and regulatory agencies have name indexes of the people or companies that they license or regulate, including the licensees' addresses. More detailed information often is available, such as investigations of complaints or inspection reports.

You have to check with each individual agency to determine what records they keep and how the records can be accessed.

Fortunately, a large number of state and federal agencies that regulate professions and businesses are putting their name indexes and at least some of their records online.

For licensing agencies, see our tutorial on:

Professional Licenses

For some of the other major federal or state agencies that regulate various types of businesses or business practices see the topical listings in this tutorial.

Filed under: Public Records