Definition of licensure in US English:



North American
  • The granting or regulation of licenses, as for professionals.

    ‘licensure for respiratory therapists’
    • ‘All of the information you need to apply for initial licensure or a renewal of your license is available for download here.’
    • ‘Permits may be issued in certain professions where an applicant for licensure meets specific requirements.’
    • ‘The current licensure processing time is approximately 4-8 weeks from the date the complete application packet is received.’
    • ‘A licensure examination tests more than technical knowledge, although that is a large part of it.’
    • ‘Therefore it is recommended that you check with the individual state dental board where licensure is desired to obtain the most up-to-date information.’


Mid 19th century: from license + -ure.