Business Start Up Guides
State Licenses and Permits
Many types of businesses need to obtain some type of business or professional/occupational license or permit from a state government. Choose a state to find out about specific license and permit requirements in the state where your business is located.
Tips for Maintaining Your Business License
- When signing up for a license, permit or registration, keep track of those that need to be renewed on a regular basis and keep a calendar of renewal dates.
- Maintain a copy of all licensing applications and forms in your business records.
- Make sure you follow rules for displaying your licenses or permits. Most states and localities require business to prominently display their business licenses so customers can see them.
- If you are thinking of expanding your business, whether it be expanding your building or launching a new product or service, you may need additional business licenses.