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Delaware

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

49 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
42nd most burdensome licensing laws
25th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Delaware requires job seekers to obtain a license for 49 of the 102 low- and moderate-income occupations studied. The state has the nation's 42nd most burdensome licensing laws, but because of the large number of occupations licensed, it ranks as the 25th most broadly and onerously licensed state.

Delaware licenses a number of occupations that few other states do, such as taxi drivers/chauffeurs (12 states), travel agents (eight), travel guides (21) and crane operators (18). And some of these requirements are extremely burdensome. For instance, of the 18 states that license crane operators, 12 do not have an education and experience requirement. Delaware mandates two years of training for its crane operators.

To boost employment, Delaware could reduce or eliminate unnecessary restrictions.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 0 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 403 1,460 1 0 0
3 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 152 1,230 1 0 0
4 Earth Driller 47 180 730 1 0 18
5 Crane Operator 18 260 730 1 0 0
6 Veterinary Technologist 37 71 730 1 0 0
7 Midwife 29 0 730 1 0 0
8 Cosmetologist 51 173 350 2 10 16
9 School Bus Driver 51 40 368 6 0 18
10 Barber 50 95 350 2 10 0
11 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 35 365 5 0 18
12 Truck Driver 51 30 365 4 0 18
13 Skin Care Specialist 50 143 70 2 10 16
13 Makeup Artist 36 143 70 2 10 16
15 Massage Therapist 39 104 117 1 0 18
16 Manicurist 50 40 29 2 10 0
17 Child Care Worker 33 0 3 0 12 18
18 Emergency Medical Technician 51 70 32 2 0 18
19 Fire Alarm Installer 34 133 0 3 0 18
20 Mobile Home Installer 39 196 3 1 0 18
21 Pest Control Applicator 51 30 1 2 0 18
22 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 12 4 12 1 0 18
23 Travel Guide 21 100 0 0 0 18
24 Gaming Dealer 24 269 0 0 0 0
24 Gaming Cage Worker 22 269 0 0 0 0
26 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 30 0 1 0 18
27 Security Guard 37 69 0 0 0 18
28 Travel Agent 8 225 0 0 0 0
29 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 75 0 0 0 0
29 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 75 0 0 0 0
29 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 0
29 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 0
29 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 75 0 0 0 0
29 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 75 0 0 0 0
29 Pipelayer Contractor 29 75 0 0 0 0
29 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 0
29 Door Repair Contractor 35 75 0 0 0 0
29 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 75 0 0 0 0
29 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 0
29 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 0
29 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 75 0 0 0 0
29 Bill Collector Agency 30 75 0 0 0 0
29 Auctioneer 33 75 0 0 0 0
29 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 75 0 0 0 0
45 Milk Sampler 34 6 0 1 0 0
46 Animal Breeder 26 51 0 0 0 0
47 Fisher 41 50 0 0 0 0
48 Weigher 24 25 0 0 0 0
49 Security Alarm Installer 34 0 0 0 0 0

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