Take the work out of getting work done.

Digital transformation for individual licenses ranging from architects and contractors to cosmetologists and wrestlers.


Streamlining workforce licensing.

We are rolling out Merit for state professional and occupational regulation departments to streamline individual professional licensing. This will significantly impact a wide-range of industries like hairdressers, plumbers, real estate brokers, and even tattoo artists. 


Digitizing workforce skills, certifications, licenses, and achievements.


Stymie fraud through a digital process that flags licenses that need renewing.

Report & analyze

Report and analyze how credentials are being used, verified, and checked.


Merit for Virginia real estate professionals, hairdressers, plumbers, and architects.

Merit is working with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to bring the benefits of merits to state-licensed workers. Forty-five major industries, including hairdressers, real estate brokers, painters, contractors, tattoo artists — 310,000 people annually – require state licensing to do their jobs. The verifications that say they are legally allowed to do what they do will be stored and verified on Merit. 

"Electronic credentials will help cut red tape and modernize what is currently an antiquated system. The innovative use of technology by a state agency to streamline and enhance its services to Virginia's citizens, consumers, workers, and industry is one of the reasons why our Commonwealth is the best place for business.”
Ralph Northam
Governor of Virginia
“Our joint partnership between the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and Merit will provide a consistent, efficient platform for licensed professionals across the Commonwealth to use their hard-earned credentials. In doing so, we’re empowering Virginia’s strong and competent workforce. Thanks to this collaboration, clients and employers can have full confidence in the DPOR-regulated workers they interact with.”
Mary Broz-Vaughan, Acting Director, Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Mary Broz-Vaughan
Acting Director, Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
“This partnership is the beginnings of an infrastructure that will help ensure that people with the right skills find the right jobs. We have more than 83,000 contractors in Virginia who need licenses. This new system will make licensing easier for everyone involved, and will allow workers to spend less time navigating a complex paperwork process and more time focusing on the careers that they love.”
M. Craig Toalson
CEO, Home Builders Association of Virginia

Empowering a workforce.

With Merit, these workers’ new licenses will reflect legal ability to carry out their professions via verified, digital merits. As this wide-scale licensing moves onto Merit's secure platform, it will become accessible and verifiable by all, especially those who are interested in enlisting these services. Other benefits include the abilities to stymie fraud and analyze how credentials are being used, verified, and checked.


The growing need for license transformation.


There is an immense range of industries and entities where Merit can transform how people’s skills are officially recognized and verified. 

In the 1950s, approximately 5% of U.S. workers had an occupational license, meaning they completed additional schooling or training (and paid the necessary fees) and passed an exam to be licensed to practice the profession in a certain state. 

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 23% of full-time workers have a license. Nationally, 37 million people need licenses or certifications to do their jobs today and that number is rapidly increasing. 

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