Access to Thousands of Licenses Now Available on Mobile Devices

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HONOLULU — The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Professional and Vocational Licensing (PVL) Division has adapted its online database ( of more than 375,000 Hawaii licenses to allow easier access for mobile devices.

Just last year, about 40,000 out of the 500,000 page visits on the PVL license search were conducted with a mobile device.


“With the proliferation of mobile devices, the move to give consumers easy, on-the-go access to information about our licensees makes perfect sense,” DCCA Director Kealii S. Lopez said. “This new user-friendly search tool makes it easier for consumers to quickly check if a potential professional for hire holds a current license in good standing.”

The design elements of this online service follow the new state website template, optimized for touch screen technology and smart phone interfaces by providing larger text, buttons designed with touch response functionality, and custom layouts for screens across multiple devices.

DCCA has been at the forefront in government transformation of mobile web-based applications that keeps services current with today’s technology.

PVL is responsible for 25 professional boards and commissions and 23 licensing programs. In total, the division licenses 48 different professions and vocations.