Individuals and call centers who are new to the telemarketing
industry may not be familiar with the various licensing requirements
which apply to telemarketing businesses. No national telemarketing
license is required, but many states require call centers to obtain a
state-specific license before calling into (or from) those states.
Also, some states require the individual telemarketing agents themselves
to obtain a state telemarketing license. Telemarketing license
requirements vary by state. The forms and fees for these telemarketing
registrations also vary and change over time.
Approximately 33 states have a local telemarketing license
requirement. In order to obtain a state's telemarketing license, call
centers must go through a telemarketing registration process and obtain
approval. Forms must be completed and signed, all required exhibits
must be attached, and in some cases an application fee and surety bond
must be submitted. Some states now allow businesses to apply online. These telemarketing license requirements are
completely separate from state DNC lists and state autodialer permits.
State telemarketing licenses are also separate from the national DNC
list. As you can see, many layers of regulation apply to telemarketing
activities. Always consult your legal
counsel before making compliance decisions.
This website provides some introductory information about state
telemarketing registrations and telemarketing licenses. This
information is cursory only, and is not a substitute for the advice of
an experienced telemarketing attorney. As useful as it may be, this
information is not guaranteed to be accurate or up-to-date. Without a
doubt, some errors or omissions exist.
50-State Licensing Chart
Sample state telemarketing
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provided on this website is informational only and is not to be substituted for legal advice. There is no guarantee that the information
provided is accurate, complete, or up to date. This information is cursory
only and likely contains some errors. You should not rely on
this information without first consulting a competent telemarketing