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Renewal Process for Liquor Permits

Published: Feb 05, 2024

How often do I have to renewal my liquor permit? Liquor permits must be renewed annually. There are three renewal cycles. Therefore, if you are a permit holder, it is important to know which renewal cycle applies to your permit.[1] Can my renewal application be…


Court Reaffirms Boards’ Ability to Act as Own Expert

Published: Jan 31, 2024

Professional licensing agencies are often permitted to act as “judge, jury, and executioner” as it pertains to the licenses and licensees they regulate. Indeed, the administrative hearing process often seems stacked against licensees. First, an agency investigator receives a complaint and investigates it. That investigator…


Old Convictions, New Licenses

Published: Sep 15, 2023

As we previously reported, in late 2021, the law changed and removed several possible collateral consequences criminal convictions could have on obtaining an initial professional license. As a refresher, for most convictions, and most licenses, an agency can now only deny your application based on…


Significant Changes to Administrative Appeals Part 1

Published: Sep 01, 2023

Under current law, most appeals of agency decisions against a professional license or application for a professional license are made to the Court of Common Pleas in the county where the business is located or where the licensee or applicant resides. Appeals from decisions of…


Using CQEs to Remove Employment and Licensing Barriers

Published: Jul 10, 2023

Many Ohio laws prevent individuals with criminal records from obtaining certain licenses or jobs. Luckily, there are several avenues to overcome legal barriers (or “collateral sanction”[1]), such as through record sealing, expungement, pardons, and Certificates of Qualification for Employment (“CQEs”). Individuals with criminal convictions may…