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Get a Home Care License in Your State

Learn how to get a home care license in your state and start a home care agency of your very own. 

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Get a Home Care License in your State

Believe it or not, some states do not require you to obtain a home care license to offer non-medical home care services.

Below is a list of each state, their home care license requirements, and relevant contact information.

Of course, if you need assistance and want to get a home care license in your state, Certified Homecare Consulting can help. We guarantee your home care agency will get a home care license in your state when you join our home care startup program.

For those of you who would like to obtain licensure on your own, the state by state list below is a great guide for you on your journey. Please keep in mind if it gets overwhelming, Certified Homecare Consulting is here for you.

Even if you do decide to start your home care business without us and get a home care license on your own, do not forget about us when it’s time to purchase your non-medical home care policy and procedure manual. If you plan to get a home care license, you will need customized, state specific policies and procedures, regardless of the state you are starting your home care agency in.

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    How Do I Get a Home Care License?

    Certified Homecare Consulting have been helping people just like you achieve home care and home health care licensure for nearly two decades. In that time we have helped hundreds of home health care agencies achieve home care and home health care licensure. Although you are not requiered to achieve home care or home health care licensure in every state, home care licensure is required in most states as is home health care licensure. Please find the general process of starting a home care business and getting a home care license below. If you scroll all the way down you fill find state specific information. For all of the requirements in your state, call us today. 

    Before getting a home care license, you need a name for the home care business.

    You probably already have a name you would like to use for your home care business and if you do, that is wonderful. If you haven’t already chosen a name and registered your business, our home health care consultants will do this for you. And if you haven’t chosen a name for your home car business, we may find that the name is already in use, or to similar to the name of another home care business or home health care business in your area. Certified Homecare Consulting will help you choose a great name that makes sense. We will also design your logo, website, brochures, business cards, and more. 

    Call us today to learn more about starting your home care business and getting a home care license in your State. 

    How should your home care business be taxed (Inc vs LLC)?

    Most home health care businesses are LLCs, but that doesnt mean that is what is best for your unique business. Before proceeding with a home care license application, you must choose a name for your business and register your home care agency with the state. We will do all of this for you, but it is important that you identify which is best for your agency based on your goals and business model. 

    Home care business plan

    Before you get a home care license, you will want to create a home care business plan. your home care business plan is going to detail your strategy for startup and the years ahead. The home care business plan will detail your mission, vision, plan for home care licensure, markting, etc. 

    It is important that you investigate your local market and detail your findings within the business plan template we provide to you. Althought our home health care consultants guarantee your home care license and help you start your home care business while doing most of the work for you, it is important that you take ownership of understanding your local market and customizing your business plan. This might seem overwhelming but our template that we use for the very agencies we own will guide you thought the process with ease. Not to mention you can call us anytime. 

    To purchase our home care or home health care business plan or to find out more about getting a home care license with the help of our home health care consultants, contact us today. 

    Starting your home care business

    Literally everything you need to start your home care business and everything you need before submitting your home care license and after submitting your home care license is provided to you by Certified Homecare Consulting. From your SOS filing and articles of incorporation, to your EIN, Tax ID, State home care license, home health care license, accreditation, we do it all for you. Make starting your home care business easy and choose Certified Homecare Consulting to help you get your home care license. We are home care license experts in all 50 states. 

    Insuring your home care business

    In most states, you will need to insure your home care business before proceeding with the home care license application and getting a home care license. 

    Many States requires the following for home care licensure:

    DISHONESTY BOND For $10,000

    General and professional liability insurance in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per occurrence with a three million ($3,000,000) aggregate.

    Workers’ compensation

    Getting a home care license in your State

    Once you get a home care license, you can begin offering home care services. If you want to offer home health care services you will need a home health care license. The name of the home care or home health care license vary in each state but regardless of the state you live in Certified Homecare Consulting guarantee you will get a home care license or home health care license to operate as a home care business. To learn more about Certified Homecare Consulting and starting your home care business, call our home health care consultants for a free no hassle consultation. This is your business, we help you get a home care license and provide you with everything you need for operation. We do not charge franchise fees! 

    Your home care business may need additional licensure or accreditation

    Depending on the state, county, or town you live in, your home care business may require additional licensure or accreditatation. Call us for this free information and to learn more about starting your home care agency. 

    How Do I Get a Home Care License In...

    Alabama

    Do I need to get a home care license in Alabama? No, you do not need a home care license in Alabama to offer non-medical home care services.

    Alabama Department of Human Resources

    1-334-242-1310

    http://www.dhr.state.al.us/

    Alabama Department of Public Health

    800-252-1818

    http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/homehealth/

    Alabama Primary Health Care Association

    888-322-7068

    How to get a home care license in Alabama

    Alaska

    Do I need a to get a home care license in Alaska? Yes. You do need a home care license in Alaska to offer non-medical home care services.

    Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

    907-465-3030

    http://www.hss.state.ak.us/

    Alaska Department of Public Health

    907-334-2430

    http://dhss.alaska.gov/

    How to get a home care license in Alaska

    Arizona

    Do I need to get a home care license in Arizona? No. You do not need a home care license in Arizona to offer non-medical home care services.

    Arizona Department of Economic Security

    602-542-4791

    http://www.de.state.az.us/

    Arizona Department of Health Services

    602-542-1025

    http://www.azdhs.gov/

    Arizona Association for Home Care

    480-491-0540

    http://www.azhomecare.org/

    How to get a home care license in Arizona

    Arkansas

    Do I need a to get a home care license in Arkansas? Yes. But you need to apply for a Certificate of Need in Arkansas which can be very hard to obtain.

    Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS)

    501-661-2201

    http://www.arkansas.gov/dhhs/homepage.html

    How to get a home care license in Arkansas

    California

    Do I need to get a home care license in California? Yes. You do need a home care license in California to offer non-medical home care services.

    California Department of Social Services
    916-455-6951
    http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/

    California Department of Public Health
    916-552-8700
    http://www.cdph.ca.gov/

    California Association for Health Services at Home
    916-641-5795
    http://cahsah.org/

    How to get a home care license in California

    Colorado

    Do I need to get a home care license in Colorado? Yes. You do need a home care license in Colorado to offer non-medical home care services.

    Colorado Department of Human Services
    303-866-5700
    http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
    303-692-2000
    https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe

    Home Care Association of Colorado
    877-940-7798
    http://www.homecareofcolorado.org/

    How to get a home care license in  Colorado

    Connecticut

    Do I need to get a home care license in Connecticut? Yes. You do need a home care license in Connecticut to offer non-medical home care services.

    Connecticut Department of Social Services
    800-824-1508
    http://www.ct.gov/dss/site/default.asp

    Connecticut Department of Health
    860-509-8000
    http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/

    Connecticut Association for Home Care & Hospice
    203- 265-9931
    http://www.cthealthcareathome.org/

    How to get a home care license in Connecticut

    Delaware

    Do I need to get a home care license in Delaware? Yes. You do need a home care license in Delaware to offer non-medical home care services.

    Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
    302-577-4502
    http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/

    How to get a home care license in Delaware

    District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

    Do I need to get a home care license in Washington D.C.? Yes. You do need a home care license in Washington, DC to offer non-medical home care services, but there is a Certificate of Need requirement. A Certificate of Need can be very challenging to acquire.
    D.C. Department of Human Services
    202-INFO-211 (1-202-463-6211)
    http://www.dhs.dc.gov/

    Florida

    Do I need to get a home care license in Florida? Yes. You do need a home care license in Florida to offer non-medical home care services.

    Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
    850-488-1295
    http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/

    The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
    888-419-3456
    http://ahca.myflorida.com/

    Home Care Association of Florida
    850-222-8967
    http://www.homecarefla.org/

    How to get a home care license in Florida

    Georgia

    Do I need to get a home care license in Georgia? Yes. You do need a home care license in Georgia to offer non-medical home care services.

    Georgia Department of Human Resources
    404-651-6314
    http://www.dhr.state.ga.us/

    Georgia Department of Health and Human Services
    866-782-4584
    http://dph.georgia.gov/

    The Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies
    678-943-2617
    http://www.gaccp.org/

    How to get a home care license in Georgia

    Hawaii

    Do I need to get a home care license in Hawaii? No. You do not need a home care license in Hawaii to offer non-medical home care services.

    Hawaii Department of Human Services
    808-586-4997
    http://www.hawaii.gov/dhs

    Hawaii State Department of Health
    808-586-4400
    https://health.hawaii.gov/

    Healthcare Association of Hawaii
    808-521-8961
    http://hah.org/

    How to get a home care license in Hawaii

    Idaho

    Do I need to get a home care license in Idaho? No. You do not need a home care license in Idaho to offer non-medical home care services.

    Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
    Public Information Number: 1-208-334-6558
    http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/

    Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
    http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

    Idaho Association for Home Care
    208-343-9735
    http://www.idhca.org/

    How to get a home care license in Idaho

    Illinois

    Do I need to get a home care license in Illinois? Yes. You do need a home care license in Illinois to offer non-medical home care services.

    Illinois Department of Human Services
    217-557-1601
    http://www.dhs.state.il.us/

    Illinois Department of Public Health
    217-782-2913
    http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/ohcr.htm

    How to get a home care license in Illinois

    Indiana

    Do I need to get a home care license in Indiana? Yes. You do need a home care license in Indiana to offer non-medical home care services.

    Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
    317-232-7020
    http://www.in.gov/fssa

    Indiana State Department of Health
    317-233-7621
    http://www.state.in.us/isdh/

    Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care, LLC
    317-775-6675
    http://www.iahhc.org/

    Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care
    http://www.ihpco.org/

    How to get a home care license in Indiana

    Iowa

    Do I need to get a home care license in Iowa? No. You do not need a home care license in Iowa to offer non-medical home care services.

    Iowa Department of Human Services
    515-281-3147
    http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/

    Iowa State Department of Health
    515-281-7689
    https://idph.iowa.gov/

    Iowa Alliance in Home Care
    515-288-1955
    https://www.iahc.org/

    How to get a home care license in Iowa

    Kansas

    Do I need to get a home care license in Kansas? Yes. You do need a home care license in Kansas to offer non-medical home care services.

    Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
    785-296-3271
    http://www.srskansas.org/

    Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
    http://www.kdads.ks.gov/

    Kansas Home Care Association
    785-78-3640
    http://www.kshomecare.org/

    How to get a home care license in Kansas

    Kentucky

    Do I need to get a home care license in Kentucky? Yes. You do need a home care license in Kentucky to offer non-medical home care services.

    Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
    502-564-7042
    http://chfs.ky.gov

    How to get a home care license in Kentucky

    Louisiana

    Do I need to get a home care license in Louisiana? Yes. You do need a home care license in Louisiana to offer non-medical home care services, but there is a Certificate of Need requirement to obtain licensure. The CON process can be overwhelming.

    Louisiana Department of Social Services
    225-342-7475
    http://www.dss.state.la.us/

    How to get a home care license in Louisiana

    Maine

    Do I need to get a home care license in Maine? Yes. You do need a home care license in Maine to offer non-medical home care services.

    Maine Department of Health and Human Services
    207-287-3707
    http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/

    How to get a home care license in Maine

    Maryland

    Do I need to get a home care license in Maryland? Yes. You do need a home care license in Maryland to offer non-medical home care services.

    Maryland Department of Human Resources
    800-332-6347 or 1-410-767-7109
    http://www.dhr.state.md.us/

    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    410-767-6500
    https://health.maryland.gov/

    Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association
    510-527-0780
    http://www.mncha.org/

    How to get a home care license in Maryland

    Massachusetts

    Do I need to get a home care license in Massachusetts? No. You do not need a home care license in Massachusetts to offer non-medical home care services.

    Massachusetts Department of Social Services
    617-748-2000
    http://www.mass.gov/dss

    Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
    617-727-7600
    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs

    Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services
    617-753-8000
    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/

    The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
    617-482-8830
    617-426-0509
    http://www.hhcam.org

    How to get a home care license in Massachusetts

    Michigan

    Do I need to get a home care license in Michigan? No. You do not need a home care license in Michigan to offer non-medical home care services.

    Michigan Department of Community Health
    517-373-3740
    http://www.michigan.gov/mdch

    Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    517-373-1820
    http://www.michigan.gov/lara/

    Michigan Association for Home Care
    517-349-8089
    http://www.homecaremi.org/

    How to get a home care license in Michigan

    Minnesota

    Do I need to get a home care license in Minnesota? Yes. You do need a home care license in Minnesota to offer non-medical home care services.

    Minnesota Department of Human Services
    651-296-6117
    http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/

    Minnesota Department of Health
    651-201-5000

    www.health.state.mn.us

    Minnesota Home Care Association
    866-607-0607
    ttps://www.mnhomecare.org

    How to get a home care license in Minnesota

    Mississippi

    Do I need to get a home care license in Mississippi? No. You do not need a home care license in Mississippi to offer non-medical home care services.

    Mississippi Department of Human Services
    800-345-6347
    http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/

    Mississippi State Department of Health
    https://msdh.ms.gov

    Mississippi Association for Home Care
    https://www.mahc.org

    How to get a home care license in  Mississippi

    Missouri

    Do I need to get a home care license in Missouri? No. You do not need a home care license in Missouri to offer non-medical home care services.

    Missouri Department of Social Services
    800-735-2466
    http://www.dss.mo.gov/

    Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
    573-751-6336
    http://health.mo.gov/safety/homecare/

    Missouri Alliance for Home Care
    573-634-7772
    http://www.homecaremissouri.org/

    How to get a home care license in Missouri

    Montana

    Do I need to get a home care license in Montana? No. You do not need a home care license in Montana to offer non-medical home care services.

    Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
    406-444-5622
    http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/

    How to get a home care license in Montana

    Nebraska

    Do I need to get a home care license in Nebraska? Yes. You do need a home care license in Nebraska to offer non-medical home care services.

    Nebraska Health and Human Services System
    402-471-9433
    http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/

    How to get a home care license in Nebraska

    Nevada

    Do I need to get a home care license in Nevada? Yes. You do need a home care license in Nevada to offer non-medical home care services.

    Nevada Department of Human Resources
    775-687-4000
    http://dhhs.nv.gov/

    Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
    http://dhhs.nv.gov/

    Nevada Health Care Association
    702-743-0955
    http://www.nvhca.org/

    How to get a home care license in Nevada

    New Hampshire

    Do I need to get a home care license in New Hampshire? Yes. You do need a home care license in New Hampshire to offer non-medical home care services.

    New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
    603-271-4685
    http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/

    How to get a home care license in New Hampshire

    New Jersey

    Do I need to get a home care license in New Jersey? Yes. You do need a home care license in New Jersey to offer non-medical home care services.

    New Jersey Department of Human Services
    609-292-5325
    http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices

    How to get a home care license in New Jersey

    New Mexico

    Do I need to get a home care license in New Mexico? No. You do not need a home care license in New Mexico to offer non-medical home care services.

    New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department
    505-827-7602
    http://www.cyfd.org/

    New Mexico Human Services Department
    505-827-7750
    http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/

    How to get a home care license in New Mexico

    New York

    Do I need to get a home care license in New York? Yes. You do need a home care license in New York to offer non-medical home care services.

    Office of Children & Family Services
    http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/

    New York State Department of Health
    518-474-5422
    http://www.health.state.ny.us/

    How to get a home care license in New York

    North Carolina

    Do I need to get a home care license in North Carolina? Yes. You do need a home care license in North Carolina to offer non-medical home care services.

    North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
    919-733-4534
    http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/

    How to get a home care license in North Carolina

    North Dakota

    Do I need to get a home care license in North Dakota? Yes. You do need a home care license in North Dakota to offer non-medical home care services.

    North Dakota Department of Human Services
    701-328-2310
    http://www.nd.gov/humanservices/

    How to get a home care license in North Dakota

    Ohio

    Do I need to get a home care license in Ohio? No. You do not need a home care license in Ohio to offer non-medical home care services.

    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
    614-466-6282
    http://jfs.ohio.gov/

    How to get a home care license in Ohio

    Oklahoma

    Do I need to get a home care license in Oklahoma? Yes. You do need a home care license in Oklahoma to offer non-medical home care services.

    Oklahoma Department of Human Services
    405-521-3646
    http://www.okdhs.org/

    Oklahoma Department of Health
    405-271-6576
    http://www.ok.gov/health/Protective_Health/Medical_Facilities_Service/

    Oklahoma Association for Home Care & Hospice
    405-609-6160
    https://oahc.memberclicks.net/

    How to get a home care license in Oklahoma

    Oregon

    Do I need to get a home care license in Oregon? Yes. You do need a home care license in Oregon to offer non-medical home care services.

    Oregon Department of Human Services
    800-422-6012
    http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/index.shtml

    How to get a home care license in Oregon

    Pennsylvania

    Do I need to get a home care license in Pennsylvania? Yes. You do need a home care license in Pennsylvania to offer non-medical home care services.

    Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
    717-787-2600
    http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/

    Pennsylvania Department of Public Health
    717-783-1379
    https://www.health.pa.gov/

    Pennsylvania Homecare Association
    800-382-1211
    http://www.pahomecare.org/

    How to get a home care license in Pennsylvania

    Rhode Island

    Do I need to get a home care license in Rhode Island? Yes. You do need a home care license in Rhode Island to offer non-medical home care services, but a Certificate of Need is required.

    Rhode Island Department of Human Services
    401-462-2121
    http://www.dhs.state.ri.us/

    How to get a home care license in Rhode Island

    South Carolina

    Do I need to get a home care license in South Carolina? No. You do not need a home care license in South Carolina to offer non-medical home care services.

    South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
    803-898-2500
    http://www.state.sc.us/dss/

    South Carolina Department of Social Services
    803-898-7601

    How to get a home care license in South Carolina

    Tennessee

    Do I need to get a home care license in Tennessee? Yes. You do need a home care license in Tennessee to offer non-medical home care services.

    Tennessee Office of Licensure
    615-532-6590
    http://www.tn.gov/mental

    How to get a home care license in Tennessee

    Texas

    Do I need to get a home care license in Texas? Yes. You do need a home care license in Texas to offer non-medical home care services.

    Texas Health and Human Services Commission
    http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/

    How to get a home care license in Texas

    Utah

    Do I need to get a home care license in Utah? Yes. You do need a home care license in Utah to offer non-medical home care services.

    Utah Department of Health
    801-538-6101
    http://www.health.state.ut.us/

    Utah Department of Human Services
    801-538-4001
    http://www.dhs.state.ut.us/

    How to get a home care license in Utah

    Vermont

    Do I need to get a home care license in Vermont? No. You do not need a home care license in Vermont to offer non-medical home care services.

    Vermont Agency of Human Services
    802-241-2220
    http://www.ahs.state.vt.us/

    How to get a home care license in Vermont

    Virginia

    Do I need to get a home care license in Virginia? Yes. You do need a home care license in Virginia to offer non-medical home care services.

    Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
    804-786-7933
    http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/

    Virginia Department of Social Services
    804-692-1901
    http://www.dss.state.va.us/

    How to get a home care license in Virginia

    Washington

    Do I need to get a home care license in Washington? Yes. You do need a home care license in Washington to offer non-medical home care services.

    Washington Department of Social and Health Services
    360-902-7800
    http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/

    How to get a home care license in Washington

    West Virginia

    Do I need to get a home care license in West Virginia? Yes. You do need a home care license in West Virginia to offer non-medical home care services, but a Certificate of Need is required.

    West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
    304-558-0684
    http://www.wvdhhr.org/

    How to get a home care license in West Virginia

    Wisconsin

    Do I need to get a home care license in Wisconsin? Yes. You do need a home care license in Wisconsin to offer non-medical home care services.

    Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
    608-266-9622
    http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/

    How to get a home care license in Wisconsin

    Wyoming

    Do I need to get a home care license in Wyoming? Yes. You do need a home care license in Wyoming to offer non-medical home care services.

    Wyoming Department of Health
    307-777-7656
    http://wdh.state.wy.us/main/index.asp

    How to get a home care license in Wyoming

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