LETTER – bill modernizing licensing procedures of professional boards approved by Assembly

State professional boards will process license applications and renewals online under a bill approved today by the Assembly. The bill (A1133), modernizing the filing and processing of applications for professional licenses, is sponsored by Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce, Gail Phoebus and Assemblyman Parker Space.

“This bill ensures boards make the commitment to upgrade and reduce long delays, said DeCroce (R-Morris). “The public has been forced to navigate an antiquated process that comes up short on efficiency and convenience. Technology exists to immediately improve certification by licensing boards.”

“The state has almost 50 professional boards,” said Phoebus (R-Sussex). “Applicants should be able to complete the entire process online and submit their documentation electronically. We need to bring licensing into the 21st Century.”

“Some state boards are dragging their feet when it comes to technology,” said Space (R—Sussex). “People can log onto their computers to file their state and federal income tax returns and conduct motor vehicle transactions. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to renew their professional certification the same way.”