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State Licenses & Permits

Almost every business needs some form of license or permit to operate legally. This is, among other reasons, to ensure public safety and fair business pratices. However, licensing and permit requirements vary depending on the type of business you are operating, where it's located, and what government rules apply.

To help you identify the specific licenses or permits your business may need, simply select a state from the list below to learn about specific license and permit requirements in the area where your business is located.

State Business License Offices