By the Division of Professional Licensure

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

DPL’s mission is 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 individuals and businesses in some167 trades and professions. Collectively, DPL licenses and regulates more than 580,000 individuals, business, and schools.  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 and apply for a position by visiting the "Apply to Serve on a Board of Registration" page.