A license is simply a legal grant of permission to do something. Licenses are required in a number of circumstances. Drivers must be licensed to drive a vehicle. Members of a profession such as a nurse or a contractor must have a nursing license or a contractors license. There are specific requirements involved in obtaining a license, such as paying a fee or proving compliance with safety codes. Failure to comply with licensing requirements could result in fines or other penalties, including the suspension of privileges to engage in the activities the license is authorizing. To learn more about the legal requirements and regulations associated with the licensing process, refer to the links to articles and frequently asked questions in this section of FreeAdvice.