Most states require day care businesses to have a license, and some cities and counties may also require licensing, according to the Houston Chronicle. Prospective day care owners should check with their state's child services division for specific requirements.
All state licensing requirements can be obtained from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. Some in-home day care providers may be allowed to operate without a license if they are only caring for a few children in addition to their own.
In most cases, applicants must have a certain level of education and certifications, and they must undergo training, such as CPR. Additionally, most states and municipalities require applicants to complete an application and undergo a criminal background check to receive a day care license.