What is a Business License?
Broadly speaking, a business license typically
refers to a state-level certification for a
specific industry or occupation. Both doctor
and lawyer are great examples of occupations
that have a highly regulated license to ensure
competency. The occupations and industries
required to obtain such a highly specialized
license vary by state, but, as it pertains to moving labor, Florida is the only state
that requires such a license.
But you're not off
the hook yet! Most cities, counties
and/or states do require other types of
Other Types of Business Licenses
In most states, a "business license" isn't a
license at all (like the professional license
discussed above), it's a tax you pay to your
city, county or state to conduct business
there. This type of license is usually
referred to as a 'tax receipt', 'privilege
license' or 'occupational license'. These
licenses, however, are almost always required
by local jurisdictions.
Is a Business License Required?
As discussed already, it is very likely that at
least one jurisdiction will require your
business to have a license. Because the rules
and regulations vary widely from state to
state you will need to contact your town/city,
county, and state to determine if a license is
Does my Business License Expire?
In most cases, a business license will be valid
for one year. Be sure to verify how long each
license is valid for directly with the issuing
authority. You will want to set up reminders
so that you renew each license before it