Permissive vs Mandatory Licensure

  1. Hi!

    Does anyone know what the difference is between Permissive and Mandatory Licensure? This topic came up in my text book. Their definition makes no sense to me -

    Permissive licensure allows for those meeting certain standards voluntarily to be licensed, whereas mandatory licensure requires that all individuals who wish to practice in the field be licensed to practice

    Can anyone give me some real world examples of this? My 43 year-old brain just doesn't get it.

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