Travel Guide

License required by 37 states

77th most burdensome licensing requirements.

34th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Travel guides plan, organize and conduct long distance cruises, tours and expeditions for individuals and groups. This report looks at what is required to run one’s own business as a travel guide.

Thirty-seven states license travel guides. On average, these laws require $323 in fees and 78 days of education and experience—the 77th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. However, because many states license travel guides, the occupation ranks as the 34th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary widely across states, as do the types of licenses recorded here (see Appendix B for details). For example, most licenses are for fishing guides and require only payment of a fee, but Maine’s license, which is the most burdensome, is for leading outdoor recreation expeditions (boating, camping, etc.). Maine’s license requires a minimum age of 18 years, three years (1,095 days) of experience, two exams and $181 in fees. Similarly, Wyoming’s license is for leading deer hunting expeditions and requires a minimum age of 18, over a year (about 368 days) of education and experience, two exams, and $2,370 in fees.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Maine 37 $181 1095 3 years 2 0 18
2 New Mexico 37 $550 1095 3 years 1 0 21
3 Wyoming 37 $2,370 368 12 clock hours 1 years and 1 days 2 0 18
4 Montana 37 $1,950 182 100 days and 6 weeks 1 0 18
5 Utah 37 $237 140 100 days 1 0 18
6 Nevada 37 $2,250 0 2 0 21
7 New Hampshire 37 $125 0 2 0 18
8 Idaho 37 $820 0 1 0 18
9 Arizona 37 $337 0 1 0 18
10 New York 37 $100 0 1 0 18
11 Colorado 37 $100 12 50 clock hours 0 0 18
12 Washington 37 $515 0 0 0 16
13 Kentucky 37 $190 1 3 clock hours 0 0 18
14 Delaware 37 $100 0 0 0 18
14 North Dakota 37 $100 0 0 0 18
16 Wisconsin 37 $40 0 0 0 18
17 Georgia 37 $25 0 0 0 18
18 Louisiana 37 $260 0 0 0 0
19 California 37 $216 0 0 0 0
20 Virginia 37 $190 0 0 0 0
21 Pennsylvania 37 $100 1 8 clock hours 0 0 0
22 Oregon 37 $150 0 0 0 0
22 South Carolina 37 $150 0 0 0 0
22 Tennessee 37 $150 0 0 0 0
25 Texas 37 $132 0 0 0 0
26 Hawaii 37 $35 2 12 clock hours 0 0 0
27 Connecticut 37 $100 0 0 0 0
27 Indiana 37 $100 0 0 0 0
29 Oklahoma 37 $90 0 0 0 0
30 Massachusetts 37 $65 0 0 0 0
31 Maryland 37 $56 0 0 0 0
32 Illinois 37 $50 0 0 0 0
33 Alaska 37 $29 0 0 0 0
34 Arkansas 37 $25 0 0 0 0
34 Rhode Island 37 $25 0 0 0 0
36 North Carolina 37 $17 0 0 0 0
37 West Virginia 37 $10 0 0 0 0

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