How Do You Look up a Business License?


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Business licenses are regulated and issued by the state where the business is located; therefore, a business license can be looked up, searched and found online from the specific state's website. To find a company's or individual's license, search the name of the business from the website of the state that issued the license. Any further information regarding the business, such as city or county, can be entered into the search to narrow the search results.

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In order to look up a business license, search the state's website using keywords such as the business name, city and county. If the business name search does not yield desired results or if the name the company is doing business under differs from the formal business name, licenses can be searched based on the license type. For instance, if the company were a barbershop, the license search would be "Barbers" under the State Barber Board agency. Most states' Department of Licensing websites allow users to search by name, license number, license type or location.

License information for companies provide consumers information about the status of the license, whether the licensee is a business or individual, if the license is currently active and if there are any license violations.

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