Rhode Island Occupational Licensing



of 102 lower-income occupations


Burden Rank


for average burdens 1st is worst


Combined Rank


for number of licenses x average burdens 1st is worst

How Rhode Island Compares in 2022

Percent Licensed of 102 Occupations


Average Days Lost to education and experience


Average Fees

Average across all states
Rhode Island

Changes Since 2017

  • No licenses created; 2 removed for auctioneers and head coaches for high school sports
  • Fees changed most often and usually increased; days lost to education and experience increased for city/transit bus driver, emergency medical technician and massage therapist but fell for cosmetologist, direct entry midwife and shampooer
  • Burden rank worsened 5 spots, largely because the state eliminated 2 licenses with few days lost to education and experience, raising the average burden among the remaining occupations; combined rank improved 1 spot, largely because of 2 eliminated licenses

2022 Licensing Burdens in Detail

N New License

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at https://ij.org/report/license-to-work-3/ltw3-data/.

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