Before making their next decision to use the services of a professional or licensed entity, Michiganders are reminded to use the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ (LARA) Verify a License online resource. The easy-to-use tool allows consumers to check the license status of a wide range of individuals and entities under the department’s oversight.
Verify a License provides detailed reports on hundreds of license types and over one million licensees including doctors, nurses, hospitals, child care and nursing homes, accountants, architects, builders, barbers, cosmetologists, real estate brokers, liquor licensees and telecommunications providers.
“The Verify a License resource can give Michigan residents the valuable information they need before they make important choices regarding the health and safety of their family, home and business,” said LARA Director Shelly Edgerton. “Consumers are urged to take a few minutes to do their homework to make educated decisions before they sign up for professional services.”
Consumers can research the type of license, if the license is active or inactive and the expiration date. Additional information may include disciplinary and enforcement actions, complaints, inspection reports and other corresponding documents. The user-friendly portal divides LARA’s large database of licensees and license types into sections where consumers can easily find the information they need. For example, LARA’s Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) is responsible for licensing and regulating more than 700,000 individuals who are regulated by either the Michigan Occupational Code or the Public Health Code.
Verify a License for health professionals and facilities is also now available through MiPage, a free mobile application from the State of Michigan that serves as your real-time link to over half a million licensed professionals. Verify a License is mobile-friendly, using a technology called responsive design to provide an optimal viewing experience. It will scale based on the display size of the device so it can be accessed on the go. With MiPage integration, consumers now have the ability to make informed decisions and verify countless licenses in the palm of their hands.
For more information, go to the Verify a License portal at www.michigan.gov/LARA. Just look under the How Do I tab and click on Verify a License.