License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
28 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
26th most burdensome licensing laws
49th most extensively and onerously licensed state
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Indiana licenses 28 of the 102 occupations studied, among the fewest of any state. Compared to other states, its licensing laws are moderately onerous -- the 26th most burdensome. On average, those seeking to enter these 28 occupations must pay $147 in fees, lose 251 days to education and experience requirements and pass one exam. Because Indiana licenses so few occupations, it is one of the least broadly and onerously licensed states.
However, Indiana places above-average barriers to entry on some occupations. Indiana is one of only eight states to require that truck drivers possess a driver's license for one year (or longer) prior to working. Most states and the District of Columbia require only tests, fees and a minimum age. Mobile home installers also face above-average restrictions -- 366 days lost to education and experience requirements compared to a national average of 245. Some 23 other states that license mobile home installers require three days or fewer. Occupational restrictions like these show that there is room for improvement in Indiana's licensing regime.