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Legislation Streamlines Licensing Process for Professionals

Officials hope new law will make it easier for small business owners to come to the Garden State.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Legislation designed to have more small business owners to come to the Garden State was signed by Governor Christie Monday.

The new law makes it easier for professionals who are already licensed in other states to obtain the same licenses needed to work in New Jersey.

Assemblyman Scott Rumana (District 40) was one of the legislation’s primary sponsors.

“Professionals licensed by a state that has the same rigorous standards as New Jersey shouldn’t have to jump through the same hoops they’ve already gone though,” Rumana said. “Licensed professionals often operate the kinds of small businesses we welcome in this state. Eliminating redundant qualifications already met in other states will save time and costs and help our economy."

The new law does not apply to realtors, electrical or HVAC contractors, or master plumbers.

Licensees must be in good standing, have a clean criminal background, and provide documentation proving their experience, education, and examination results.

The law goes into effect in July.

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