Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants/Prospective Licensees

Consumers

Licensees


Applicants/Prospective Licensees

Question:  How do I obtain a license?
Answer:  General information, as well as forms that can be downloaded, are found on the Web page of the board regulating that profession.

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Question:  What is the fee for a license?
Answer:  Fee information is provided on the application forms available as noted above.

Question:  How long will it take to process my application?
Answer:  Applications are processed in the order that they are received.  Processing times vary depending on the volume of applications being received.

Question:  How do I apply for a licensing examination?
Answer:  Most board Web pages provide specific instructions for applying for examinations including, for some boards, a direct link to the examining body.

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Question:  Does PA accept reciprocity or endorsement from other states?
Answer:  Most, but not all boards, provide for license by reciprocity or endorsement.  Refer to the appropriate board web page for more detailed information.

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Consumers

Question:  How can I verify that a person or business is licensed?
Answer:  Access LicensePa and follow the directions to obtain information about a licensee.

Question:  How can I find out if there is disciplinary action against a licensee?
Answer:  Access LicensePa, enter either the license number or the name of the licensee, access the license record.  Disciplinary actions, if any, are noted at the bottom of the screen.

Question:  How do I file a complaint against a licensee?
Answer:  Access the appropriate board Web page under Consumer Information to download the complaint form and directions for filing.

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Licensees

Question:  Why did I receive a renewal notice when I was just recently licensed?
Answer:  All licenses for a particular profession expire on the same date. The first license issued may be valid for more or less than the normal renewal period, usually 24 months.  Thereafter, your renewed license will be valid for the entire renewal cycle.

Question:  To whom do I report a lost license?
Answer:  Lost licenses may be reported by writing to the Board.  Be sure to include your full name, address and license number when reporting a lost license.

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Question:  How do I renew my license?
Answer:  Renewal notices are mailed 60 to 90 days in advance of the expiration date, to the last address of record provided by the licensee.   Follow the instructions on the renewal notice.  If your license is expired contact the board office to obtain the renewal information.  

Question:  What should I do if I did not receive a renewal notice?
Answer:  When a board has entered the renewal period you can print a renewal application from the board's Web page.  

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Question:  How many continuing education hours do I need to renew my license?
Answer:  Go to the appropriate board Web page, click on 'licensure information',  click on 'renewal information' to access the information regarding number of credits required for renewal.

Question:  How can I obtain a list of continuing education providers?
Answer:  Some boards have this information posted on their Web page.  Refer to the appropriate board Web page for further information.

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Question:  How do I report a change of address?
Answer:  Access the board Web page and click on the ‘address change’ option.     NOTE:  Certain restrictions regarding the mailing address used for your license apply to licenses issued by some Boards.  To avoid delay in processing please be sure to use a business address if it is required for the type of license you hold.

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Question:  How can I obtain another copy of my license?
Answer:  You may obtain a duplicate copy of your license by submitting a $5.00 check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Pa. to the appropriate licensing board.  Be sure to include your full name, license number and current address.

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Question:  How can I have a license verification sent to another state?
Answer:  You will find directions on the Web page for the appropriate board. 

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Modified Date: 12/16/2009 09:15 AM