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