Although the specifics can vary by state, you may have to fill out an introductory screening and an application, undergo inspections and pay a licensing fee, according to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The process is subject to state approval.
There are different kinds of licenses in many states, so the first step is usually to decide which one you want to pursue and research the specific requirements, explains Multnomah County in Oregon. It may be helpful to contact the agency that oversees residential facilities for people with disabilities and ask for assistance. Even if you are sure of which avenue to pursue, it is helpful to contact the department before you begin the licensing process, because the department can help you determine if your goals and plans are realistic.
Some states, such as Idaho, may require you to take various training and certification courses, notes NorthWest Senior & Disability Services. These may be done through state-recognized agencies. Additional classes may be needed if you want to provide care for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
You may also be required to have some sort of legal business entity on file, whether it is a limited liability company, sole proprietorship or other business partnership, reports the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. You may need a trust or living will to provide care for your residents in case something unforeseen happens.