Small Business Licenses and Permits

State-by-State Small Business Registration Information

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The process of starting a small business involves a number of steps, one of which is registering your business and acquiring the necessary licenses and permits.

Most small businesses in the U.S. must register in their local counties, then follow the licensing restrictions set by the state, depending on the type of business being registered. Each state has its own website that outlines the requirements for business registration and provides resources that will help business owners in each state.

Licenses, Permits, and Regulations for Your Small Business

The list below includes links to state pages on the Small Business Administration (SBA) website. The SBA has compiled state-by-state information on small business registration, license, and permit information. We have also included links (where available) to each state's small business division that provides the most accurate and up-to-date small business information for each state, including details on starting and growing a small business.

A State-By-State Listing

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

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Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

    District of Columbia

    Florida

    Georgia

    Hawaii

    Idaho

    Illinois

    Indiana

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    Iowa

    Kansas

    Kentucky

    Louisiana

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    • Louisiana Secretary of State Commercial Division

    Maine

    Maryland

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    Massachusetts

    Michigan

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    • Michigan Business One Stop

      Minnesota

      Mississippi

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      • State of Mississippi - Secretary of State - Business Services

      Missouri

      Montana

      Nebraska

      Nevada

      New Hampshire

      New Jersey

      New Mexico

      New York

        North Carolina

        North Dakota

        Ohio

        Oklahoma

        Oregon

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        Pennsylvania

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        • Pennsylvania Open for Business

        Rhode Island

        South Carolina

        South Dakota

        Tennessee

        Texas

        Utah

        Vermont

        Virginia

        Washington

        West Virginia

        Wisconsin

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        • State of Wisconsin Business Services

        Wyoming