While Nevada may appear to the outsider as the last of the Wild West -- a place where anything goes, a local business-owner will tell you otherwise. The state's low tax-rate and easy incorporation laws may make it attractive to entrepreneurs, but that's not because of any shortage of licensing. Nevada's state, county and city governments regulate a multitude of businesses and collect just as many fees. The benefits of the Wild West are available to those who apply.
In Nevada, as the name suggests, auto repair businesses fix cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles. Although a few states such as Texas, have no special licensing requirements to work on cars, most states and some cities and counties require auto mechanics and their businesses to be duly licensed. In California, an auto mechanic may need a professional license, state license to run a repair shop, county auto repair permit, county HAZMAT permits and a city business license. Regulations vary from state to state. Body shops repair, renovate and enhance automobile frames and chassis. Frequently, they also paint vehicles. Because of the many chemicals and solvents used in this work, some states and counties require body shops to hold HAZMAT permits. Additionally, state, county and city auto repair and body shop licenses are often required.