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