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Licenses & Permits

Information about Ohio's professional licenses and business permits.

Businesses are required to register with the Ohio Secretary of State to legally conduct business in the state — this is commonly called a business license. See Start a Business for more information.

Similarly, many businesses and professionals are required to hold certain licenses, certifications, permits, or registrations to work in their professions. Many licenses are issued and managed through the State of Ohio's eLicense system.

See below for information about business/professional licensing, certification, permitting, and registration requirements and opportunities in Ohio. Please note, this is not a complete list. Please check with any professional association or governing agency, board, or commission about recommendations for your chosen business or profession.