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Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Certification, Licensing and Permitting

This page allows you to get more information about our license types. To learn more about a license, click on the name listed below. If you are looking for licensing information not listed on this page, check the License, Permit and Registration Services section of

Notice for veterans for certain license types:

  1. A veteran may request consideration that their military training/education/experience be used to satisfy licensure requirements, if the applicant can demonstrate equivalency to the requirements for license issuance.
  2. The duration of a service member's (or spouse's) license may be extended if the expiration date occurs while the service member is on active duty.
  3. A veteran may request a fee waiver for an initial license for those license types included in Act 209.

View the full list of DHS license types that apply to these provisions.

Environmental Public Facilities Health / Medical Care

Residential / Community-Based Care

Asbestos Investigation and Abatement


Radioactive Materials

Tanning Booth Registration

(The following links exit DHS.)

Body Art

Body Art Establishment

Body Artist


Restaurant (includes catering)

Food Vending




Bed & Breakfast

Tourist Rooming House


Camp, Recreational/Educational


Swimming Pool

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment Programs

Ambulance Service Providers

Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Caregiver Program (including Background Checks)

Dialysis, End Stage Renal

Emergency Medical Services

Health Care Facilities Construction/Remodeling Plan Review


Laboratories - Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)

Mental Health Treatment Programs

Mammography Compliance (MQSA)

Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Rural Health Clinics

Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Vendor

X-Ray Device Registration

Adult Day Care

Adult Family Homes

Caregiver Program (including Background Checks)

Community Based Residential Facilities

Corporate Guardianships

Facilities Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (FDDs)
(also known as Intermediate Care Facilities for the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, ICF/IID)

Feeding Assistant, Medication Aide and Nurse Aide Program

Home Health Agencies


Nursing Homes

Personal Care Agencies

Residential Care Apartment Complexes

Last Revised: October 23, 2013