State government agencies require licenses for people in dozens of different kinds of professions, everything from private investigators and nurses to accountants and contractors.
Many companies also are required to be licensed, such as nursing homes and child care facilities.
Other professionals are licensed by professional organizations, such as attorneys who members of a state bar or doctors who are members of a state medical association.
Still other professions, such as airline pilots, must have a federal license or register with a federal agency.
To see the different professions that are licensed in different states and by the federal government go to the website for:
There you can search by state or the federal government and then by occupation to see what states or federal agencies regulate a particular profession. The site also has the addresses and phone numbers of the licensing agencies.
The licensing and professional regulatory agencies keep name indexes that list the people or companies that they license or regulate, usually including the licensees' addresses. More detailed information sometimes 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.
A large number of state and federal agencies that regulate professions are putting their name indexes and at least some of their records online.
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