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North Dakota

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

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

Highlights

40 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
47th most burdensome licensing laws
42nd most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

North Dakota is the 42nd most broadly and onerously licensed state. The state licenses 40 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied. With average requirements of $107 in fees, 132 days -- about four months -- lost to training and one exam, North Dakota licensing laws are ranked as the 47th most burdensome.

North Dakota's low burden ranking is thanks to its light licensing of construction occupations: It only requires aspiring contractors to be 18 years old and pay a $75 fee. Still, in a few occupations, North Dakota's licensing requirements are above-average. For example, aspiring barbers lose almost two years to education and experience, whereas the average across the states is just over one year -- 416 days. It is one of two states that require anything over two weeks to become a security guard, requiring 241 days of training. Occupations like these could be candidates for reform to improve prospects for the states low- to moderate-income workers.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Athletic Trainer 46 350 1,460 1 0 0
2 Barber 50 200 727 2 12 0
3 Preschool Teacher 49 152 730 2 0 0
4 Veterinary Technologist 37 155 730 1 0 0
5 Cosmetologist 51 0 420 2 12 0
6 Earth Driller 47 300 365 1 0 0
7 Security Guard 37 70 241 0 12 18
8 Massage Therapist 39 150 175 1 12 18
9 Makeup Artist 36 50 140 2 12 18
10 Skin Care Specialist 50 50 140 2 12 0
11 Manicurist 50 50 82 2 0 0
12 School Bus Driver 51 41 0 6 0 21
13 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 33 0 5 0 18
14 Emergency Medical Technician 51 70 26 2 0 18
15 Bill Collector Agency 30 700 0 0 0 0
16 Truck Driver 51 25 0 4 0 18
17 Mobile Home Installer 39 200 1 1 0 18
18 Pest Control Applicator 51 75 0 2 0 18
18 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 75 0 2 0 18
20 Auctioneer 33 35 19 0 0 18
21 Travel Guide 21 100 0 1 0 18
22 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 75 0 0 0 18
22 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 75 0 0 0 18
22 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 75 0 0 0 18
22 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 18
22 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 75 0 0 0 18
22 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 75 0 0 0 18
22 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 75 0 0 0 18
22 Pipelayer Contractor 29 75 0 0 0 18
22 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 18
22 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 18
22 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 75 0 0 0 18
22 Door Repair Contractor 35 75 0 0 0 18
22 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 75 0 0 0 18
22 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 18
22 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 75 0 0 0 18
37 Title Examiner 6 250 0 1 0 0
38 Child Care Worker 33 0 7 0 0 14
39 Milk Sampler 34 10 1 1 0 0
40 Taxidermist 26 25 0 0 0 0

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