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Guides to Home Care Licensing in Your State

Many states require special licenses to operate a non-medical home care business.  For some states this is only for Medicaid providers, while in other states every provider is licensed.  Additionally, the level of care that may be provided varies from state to state.  Here is the most up-to-date information we have on each state.

Alabama Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Alaska Iowa Nevada South Dakota
Arizona Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee
Arkansas Kentucky New Jersey Texas
California Louisiana New Mexico Utah
Colorado Maine New York Vermont
Connecticut Maryland North Carolina Virginia
Delaware Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii Mississippi Oregon Wyoming
Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania  
Illinois Montana Rhode Island  

Home Care Licensing Guidelines By State

Alaska

Alabama

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Arkansas

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Arizona

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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California

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Colorado

  • License Required?: YES
  • Who To Contact: Licensure Customer Assistance Line
  • Telephone: 303-692-2836
  • Website: www.healthfacilities.info

Connecticut

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Dept. of Consumer Protection
  • Telephohe: 860-713-6100
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District of Columbia

Delaware

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Office of Health Facilities Licensing & Certifications
  • Telephohe: 302-995-8521
  • Additional: Personal Assistance Services Agencies must be licensed to provide services in Delaware
  • Details: All questions and request for application should be made by contacting the Office by phone.
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Florida

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Lenore Lawry, Home Care Unit
  • Telephohe: 840-414-6010
  • Additional: http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ
  • Details: Click on Homemaker Companion Services Application for registration and application information
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Georgia

Hawaii

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Iowa

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Idaho

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Illinois

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Telephohe: 217-782-1200
  • Additional: http://www.hfs.illinois.gov
  • Details: Info on Private Duty Website is current
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Indiana

Kansas

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Kentucky

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Louisiana

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Health and Hospitals Division of Health Standards
  • Telephohe: 225-342-0138
  • Additional: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov - select Personal Care
  • Details: call the division for a licensing packet
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Massachusetts

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: YES
  • Who To Contact: Office of Labor and Workforce Development,
    Jim Delarusso 617-626-6970
  • Additional: www.mass.gov/dol
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Maryland

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Care Quality
  • Telephohe: 410-402-8040
  • Additional: http://dhmh.state.md.us/ohcq - email request for licensing
  • Details: Residential Service Agency license
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Maine

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Licensing and Certification for Personal Care Ageny
  • Telephohe: 800-262-2232
  • Additional:
  • Details: Info on Private Duty Website is current
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Michigan

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Minnesota

Missouri

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Mississippi

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Montana

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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North Carolina

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Division of Health Service Regulation
  • Telephohe: 919-855-4620
  • Additional: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/ahc/flohc.htm
  • Details: called Home Care Licensing; listed under Acute and Home Care Licensure & Certification Services
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North Dakota

Nebraska

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Health & Human Services, Div of Public Health Licensure Unit
  • Telephohe: 401-471-4923
  • Additional: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/crl/crlindex.htm
  • Details: Call Department for licensing application
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New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Nevada

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Bureau of Healthcare Quality & Compliance - Rosemary Helsing
  • Telephohe: 775-687-4475
  • Additional: http://health.nv.gov/HCQC.htm
  • Details: License type is PCA; checklist of requirements available onsite.
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New York

Ohio

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Health Office of Facilities Regulation
  • Telephohe: 401-222-2566
  • Additional: http://www.health.ri.gov/facilities/index.php
  • Details: Info on Private Dute Website current except for name of RN
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South Carolina

South Dakota

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Tennessee

Texas

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Aging & Disability Services
  • Telephohe: 512-438-3011
  • Details: HCSSAs must be licensed; complete pre-survey computer-based training
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Utah

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Health Health Facility Licensing
  • Telephohe: 800-662-4157
  • Additional: http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r432/r432-700.htm
  • Details: At website select Rules, select R432-700 (Home Health Agency Rule) select Sec. 30 Home Health-Personal Care Service Agency
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Virginia

  • License Required?: YES
  • Certification Required?: NO
  • Who To Contact: Department of Health Office of Licensure & Certification, Acute Care Division
  • Telephohe: 804-367-2102
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Vermont

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Washington

Wisconsin

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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West Virginia

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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Wyoming

  • License Required?: NO
  • Certification Required?: NO
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