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 as most cities, counties and/or states do require other types of licensing.
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 required.
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 expires.