AFP-VA: New Report Highlights Burdensome Occupational Licenses in Virginia

Nov 14, 2017 by AFP

RICHMOND, VA –  A new study released today by the Institute for Justice ranks Virginia as having the 7th most burdensome occupational licensing requirements in the country. Occupational licenses mandate that workers receive a government’s permission slip to work in certain careers,  thereby reducing opportunity for so many Americans.

“Virginians shouldn’t need a permission slip from the government in order to succeed. Occupational license raise prices for consumers and limit opportunities for workers,” said AFP-VA State Director JC Hernandez. “Instead of erecting more barriers to opportunity, lawmakers should begin the process of rolling back these burdensome and often unnecessary requirements and make it easier for folks to earn a living. There is bipartisan agreement on this issue and the new legislature and governor should look seriously at occupational licensing reform as a way to bring prosperity to Virginia.”


The Institute for Justice study examined both the breadth and burdens of 102 different lower-income occupational licenses. The study can be viewed here.

Virginia ranks as one of the country’s worst states for occupational licenses. Of 68 occupations that require government permission slips, the average worker pays $291 in fees and loses 620 days to education and experience requirements.

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