Topic:
LICENSE FEE; OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING; LICENSING;
Location:
LICENSING;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


March 08, 2001

 

2001-R-0279

PROFESSIONAL LICENSE RENEWAL FEES

 

By: Paul Frisman, Research Analyst

You asked what the license renewal fees were for various professions before they were raised in conjunction with a tax increase. You also asked for a comparison of Connecticut's current renewal fees for these professions with the renewal fees in other states.

SUMMARY

Before they were raised in 1989, and again in 1992, annual license renewal fees for the 15 professions covered in this report ranged from $25 for a psychologist to $160 for a physician. Today the renewal fee for both these professions is $450. The percentage increase of renewal fees varies widely. Many fees have tripled, while the annual renewal fee for psychologists increased by a factor of 18 (from $25 to $450).

We compared the current Connecticut renewal fees to the 1999 renewal fees (the last date for which fees were readily available) in 14 randomly selected states. Connecticut's fees exceed those of nearly every state included in this report. If you would like us to compare the current fees of specific professionals in a selected number of states, please let us know.

FEE INCREASES

Public Act 89-251, which increased the state sales tax from 7.5% to 8% and made a number of other changes, increased many professional renewal fees as of July 1, 1989. Public Act 92-16, passed in the May, 1992 Special Session, created a system of nine classes of professional licenses and further increased certain renewal fees, including those of podiatrists, chiropractors and psychologists.

Table 1 compares the annual renewal fees for 15 Connecticut profession before July 1, 1989 with the renewal fees in 2001. Table 2 shows the 1999 annual renewal fees for the same professions in 14 randomly selected states.

All fees have been annualized because some states have a two- or three-year license term.

TABLE 1: RENEWAL FEES IN CONNECTICUT

Profession

Connecticut fees prior to July 1, 1989

Fees today

Architect

$75

$150

Attorney

150

450

Certified Public Accountant

150

450

Chiropractor

75

450

Dentist

150

450

Land Surveyor

75

225

Optometrist

100

300

Physician

160

450

Podiatrist

50

450

Professional Engineer

75

225

Psychologist

25

450

Real Estate Broker

100

300

Real Estate Salesman

75

225

Residential Real Estate Appraiser

75

225

Veterinarian

150

450

Table 2: Fees in Other States, 1999

State

Certified Public Accountant

Architect

Land Surveyor

Professional Engineer

Real Estate Broker

Real Estate Salesman

Residential Real Estate Appraiser

Attorney

Chiropractor

Dentist

Optometrists

Physician

Podiatrist

Psychologist

Veterinarian

Alaska

$82.5

75

75

75

190

190

125

450

172.5

100

205

150

150

125

110

Arkansas

40

25

15

20

60

40

300

100

155

100

100

70

75

125

60

California

100

100

160

100

52.5

41.25

183.75

478

150

120

150

300

400

200

100

Maine

50

50

70

25

45

45

150

150

112.5

37.5

175

155

200

150

25

Montana

70

20

20

20

60

30

150

255

100

133

75

150

150

110

25

New Hampshire

100

50

50

60

37.5

27.5

150

275

117.5

117.5

100

100

75

135

85

New Jersey

40

40

40

40

50

25

80

130

175

*

125

170

115

105

125

New York

115

115

115

115

75

25

80

210

51.67

70

70

165

70

51.67

70

Oregon

50

65

20

20

115

90

200

306

250

85

90

165

160

175

100

Pennsylvania

45

15

25

25

42

32

52.5

150

105

*

60

40

87.5

*

52.5

Rhode Island

50

50

200

125

60

40

300

350

100

200

100

200

75

*

100

Utah

50

75

15

30

43

37

125

350

15

30

25

50

37.5

40

90

Washington

40

45

35

45

80

50

137.5

205

300

220

75

225

650

275

105

Wisconsin

20.5

17

27

18

125

73

49.5

278

81

*

*

51

*

41

40

* fees not readily available

Source: The Professional and Occupational Licensing Directory (2nd edition) and from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; bar, optometric, osteopathic, and medical associations, American Association of Colleges of Pediatric Medicine; American Association of Veterinary Boards; the Association of Real Estate Licensing Law Officials; and Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.

PF:ro