Thursday, August 24, 2006
Perhaps you'r interested in hiring a new electrician to work on your house. Or perhaps you're interested in hiring an accountant to work on your taxes. Wouldn't you first want to check that the person is licensed in Maryland? For certain professions, you can check that relatively simply by checking the Department of Labor Licensing & Regulation's page on Professional Licensing. On this page, simply select the type of profession and then search by either name or location. To check whether an attorney is licensed to practice in Maryland see the website for the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland. The site has a simple name search. If the attorney is in the database they are licensed in MD. For doctors, search the Practitioner Profile System from the Maryland Board of Physicians website. In addition to telling you whether a particular doctor is licensed in MD, the system also includes information about malpractice and/or disciplinary actions filed against the physician. For other regulated professions not covered by the above, the information does not seem to be available online. For example, audiologist, hearing aid dispensers, and speech pathologists require licensure in Maryland, but there is no searchable database online. Instead, the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene website provides a number to call to check whether someone from these professions is licensed. The same seems to be true for psychologists, dentists and other professions not listed above. If anyone knows anything further on this, as usual, please feel free to post a comment.