Business License Registration


Every business needs to be licensed to legally operate. Depending on your business, you may need to be licensed at the federal, state and/or local level. Beyond a basic operating license, you may need specific permits, such as an environmental permit.Regulations vary by industry, state and locality, so it is very important to understand the licensing rules where your business is located. Not complying with regulations for licensing and permitting can lead to expensive fines and put your business at serious risk.




Federal Licenses and Permits

If your business is involved in activities supervised and regulated by a federal agency, you may need to obtain a federal license.

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. Select a state to learn about specific license and permit requirements in the area where your business is located.

State Business License Offices


Tips for Maintaining Your Business License

Once you have all of the necessary licenses and permits, use these tips to help ensure your business continues to operate legally.

  • 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 by increasing the size of your building or launching a new product or service, you may need additional business licenses


For more information on how we can assist you in obtaining business licenses and permits in the U.S., please contact us.