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NOTICE: Effective March 27, 2017, programs previously under the purview of the Department of Public Safety have been transferred to the Department of Fire Services and the Office of Public Safety and Inspections within the Division of Professional Licensure. As a result of this legislative change, the respective agencies are in the process of transitioning information over to their new website locations.

Online Colorado Cremation Service Suspended For Unlicensed Operation In Other States

Massachusetts Complaints Trigger Shutdown of Heritage Cremation Providers
Boston, MA (June 12, 2017) - Complaints filed recently by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) with Colorado officials have resulted in the registration suspension of Heritage Cremation Providers, an online cremation resource based in Colorado Springs. More


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Consolidation of Division of Professional Licensure

Boston, MA - Effective Monday, March 27th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the consolidation of the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and the Department of Public Safety. This consolidation will create The Office of Public Safety and Inspections within DPL, a regulatory agency under the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business regulation. More


Who We Are

The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. DPL oversees 39 boards of registration, which license and regulate more than 580,000 individuals and businesses to practice some 167 trades and professions in Massachusetts. DPL also licenses private occupational schools.

Our Mission

To protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to provide services to consumers, and by fair and consistent enforcement of the licensing laws and regulations. DPL seeks to promote consumer protection, a fair and competitive marketplace, and education and outreach.

DPL Boards of Registration

DPL's 39 boards of registration carry out the agency's mission by licensing and regulation individuals and businesses in more than 167 trades and professions. Board members include licensed professionals as well as members of the public, all of whom are appointed by the Governor and serve on a voluntary basis. Individuals interested in serving on a board of registration may view current openings, or apply for a position by visiting the "Apply to Serve on a Board of Registration" page.