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FREE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING Resource Center

Spontaneous Insight is not affiliated with these organizations, nor does it endorse them. We are simply providing the following free listings of certification resources to help site visitors better understand the vast amount of free background check resources available through the internet and related organizations.

This free & informative section will help you check your subject's claim to being a member in good standing of a profession or occupation, to verify his/her license or certificate date, or to locate him/her.

 

There are many thousands of licensing and certification agencies in the U.S. As we continue to research this category we will add many more agencies which have Internet sites.

 

To research this subject on your own (assuming  you don't find what you need below), start by accessing   CareerInfoNet.  This site provides a great deal of occupational licensing info by state.  It also supplies phone numbers of many state occupational licensing boards. 

 

CareerInfoNet doesn't have what you need?  Then try  calling your local librarian. Two annually-updated print-based publications which may help you are The Professional & Occupational Licensing Directory, and The Directory of Associations, both published by Gale Research Inc., Detroit, MI. 

 

Another good source of this type of free background check info is your Secretary of State's Office, located in your state capitol.

 

Finally, note that, while most licensing authorities and professional associations have web pages, it's often much easier just to call them than to try to find and navigate their sites. 

 

To get you started, here are some basic sources of licensing, registration, and certification information for a variety of common professions. (State-by-state listings with URLs follow, below.)

 

Accounting:  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York, NY

 

Banking:  The American Bankers Association, New York, NY

 

Economists:  American Economic Association, Nashville, TN  Tel. (615) 322-2595

 

Electricians, plumbers and contractors:  Local unions and professional associations

 

Engineers:  State licensing associations

 

Funeral Home Directors: Funeralnet

 

Law:  The American Bar Association, Chicago, IL (but note that not all lawyers are members of the ABA); try State Bar Associations; or Attorney Profiles.

 

Nurses:  State licensing associations

Physicians:  American Medical Association, Chicago, IL.
Or:  Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors

Police:  State certification boards

Private investigators:  State licensing associations

Real estate agents:  State real estate associations

Stockbrokers and investment bankersNational Association of Securities Dealers,New York, NY

Teachers:  National Education Association, Washington, DC and state licensing boards

Travel agents:  Airline Reporting Corporation, Washington, DC and the American Society of Travel Agents, New York, NY
 
 

STATE-BY-STATE LISTING OF LICENSING AUTHORITIES

Occupation/Profession (Telephone Contact)

ALABAMA
Architect
Attorney(334-269-1515) 
Home Builder
Home Inspector
Insurance Agent
Mental Health Center
Nursing Home
Physician
Public Accountant, CPA
Real Estate Broker
Real Estate Agent/Salesperson

ALASKA
Architect
Audiologist/Hearing Aid Dealer
Big Game Guide
Bail Bondsman
Chiropractor
Construction Contractor
Dentist
Dental Hygienist
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Guide Outfitter, Hunting
Insurance Producer
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nurse Practitioner
Pharmacist
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Appraiser
Veterinarian

ARIZONA
Architect
Attorney
Chiropractor
Contractor
Engineer
Home Inspector
Landscape Architect
Lobbyist
Medical Doctor, Intern/Resident
Mortgage Banker/Broker
Optometrist
Physician Assistant
Property Tax Agent
Psychologist 
Public Accountant/CPA
Real Estate Broker
Social Worker
 

CALIFORNIA
Attorney
Contractor
Embalmer
Engineer
Funeral Director
Lobbyist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse 
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physician Assistant
Plumber 
Private Investigator
Psychologist
Real Estate Agent
Social Worker, Clinical
Teacher

COLORADO 
Architect
Chiropractor
Counselor, Professional 
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Engineer
Family Therapist
Insurance Agent
Marriage Therapist
Medical Doctor 
Nurse
Nurse's Aide
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Plumber
Psychologist
Public Accountant
Real Estate Agent
Social Worker
Veterinarian

CONNECTICUT
Alcohol/Drug Counselor
Architect
Audiologist
Bail Bond Agent
Building Contractor
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist
Dentist/Dental Hygenist
Dietician/Nutritionist
Electrical Contractor/Inspector
Electrician
Embalmer
Emergency Medical Technician
Engineer
Funeral Director
Homeopathic Physician
Insurance Agent/Broker
Marriage/Family Therapist
Massage Therapist
Nurse
Physical Therapist
Physician
Psychologist
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson
Social Worker
Surveyor
Veterinarian

DELAWARE 
Engineer
Optometrist
Private Detective (302-739-5991)
Real Estate Appraiser
School Counselor
School Superintendent/Principal
Teacher

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 
Dentist
Dietitian/Nutritionist
Medical Doctor
Nurse, Clinical
Nurse, LPN
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Pharmacist
Physician Assistant
Psychologist
Social Worker

FLORIDA 
Architect (850-488-6685)
Chiropractor
Dentist/Dental Assistant
Dietician/Nutritionist
Electrical Contractor
Medical Doctor
Mental Health Counselor
Nurse
Nursing Assistant 
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist 
Physician Assistant
Real Estate Agent 

GEORGIA 
Architect
Attorney (404-527-8700)
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Contractor, General
Counselor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitician
Engineer
Family Therapist
Funeral Director
Geologist
Interior Designer
Landescape Architect
Licensed Practical Nurse
Nurse (RN)
Physician
Pharmacist
Private Detective
Psychologist
Public Accountant
Real Estate Appraiser
Social Worker
Used Car Dealer
Veterinarian

HAWAII 
Architect
Chiropractor 
Collection Agent
Cosmetologist
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Electrician
Emergency Medical Personnel
Engineer
Insurance Adjuster
Insurance Agent
Landscape Architect
Marriage and Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Mortgage Broker
Naturopathic Physician
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Plumber
Podiatrist
Private Detective
Psychologist
Public Accountant - CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Agent
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist/Audiologist
Travel Agent
Veterinarian

IDAHO 
Attorney
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Electrical Contractor (208-334-3950) 
Engineer
Guide
Mortgage Broker/Banker
Optometrist
Oral Surgeon
Orthodontist
Outfitter
Real Estate Appraiser
Securities Broker/Dealer

ILLINOIS 
Architect
Athletic Trainer
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist
Counselor, Professional Clinical
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Dietitican/Nutrition Counselor
Engineer
High School Teacher
Interior Designer
Marriage and Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Podiatrist
Private Detective
Private Security Contractor
Psychologist
Public Accountant - CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson
Social Worker
Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist
Teacher
Veterinarian

INDIANA 
Audiologist
Child Care Provider
Chiropractor
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Dietitian
Emergency Medical Technician
Hypnotist
Insurance Agent/Consultant
Investment Advisor
Marriage & Family Therapist
Nurse 
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Real Estate Appraiser
Securities Broker
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist
Veterinarian

IOWA 
Architect
Engineer
Landscape Architect
Mortgage Banker/Broker
Nurse
Optometrist
Public Accountant
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson

KANSAS
Alcohol/Drug Counselor
Chiropractor
Counselor, Professional
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Landscape Architect 
Lobbyist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Mortician
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant - CPA
Respiratory Therapist
Social Worker

KENTUCKY
Alcohol/Drug Counselor
Architect
Auctioneer, Livestock, Limited
Auctioneer, Tobacco, Limited
Counselor, Professional
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitian/Nutritionist
Engineer
Insurance Agent 
Marriage & Family Therapist
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Psychologist
Public Accountant - CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker
Real Estate Sales Associate
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist/Audiologist
Veterinarian

LOUISIANA
Architect
Counselor, Professional 
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Dietitian
Engineer
Lobbyist
Mortgage Lender/Broker
Nutritionist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Real Estate Appraiser

MAINE
Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor
Appraiser, Residential Real Estate
Architect
Auctioneer
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist
Counselor
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Dietician
Electrician
Engineer
Forester
Geologist
Insurance Agent
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Naturopathic Physician
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician/Physician Ass't
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist 
Psychologist
Public Accountant - CPA
Radiologic Technician
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker
Respiratory Care Therapist
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist/Audiologist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Veterinarian

MARYLAND 
Contractor
Cosmetologist
Electrician, Master
Engineer
Forester
Home Improvement Contractor
Interior Designer
Land Surveyor
Landscape Architect
Optometrist
Physician
Plumber
Public Accountant
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Appraiser
Subcontractor

MASSACHUSETTS 
Allied Health Professional
Architect
Attorney 
Building Inspector
Chiropractor
Construction Supervisor
Cosmetologist
Dentist/Dental Hygienist 
Educational Psychologist
Electrician
Embalmer
Engineer
Family Child Care Provider
Funeral Director
Landscape Architect
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist 
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant 
Plumber
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant
Real Estate Appraiser
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist/Audiologist 
Veterinarian

MICHIGAN
Appraiser, Real Estate
Architect
Attorney
Chiropractor
Collection Manager
Community Planner
Contractor, Residential
Cosmetologist
Counselor
Dentist/Dental Assistant
Emergency Medical Personnel 
Engineer
Forester
Funeral Salesperson
Hygienist, Dental
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nurse's Aide
Nursing Home Administrator
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Broker-Salesperson
Social Worker
Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician

MINNESOTA
Chiropractor 
Electrician
Emergency Medical Technician
Insurance Agent/Salesperson
Livestock Dealer
Lobbyist
Mortician
Optometrist
Physical Therapist
Physician
Physician's Assistant
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Broker/Dealer
Respiratory Care Technician
Securities/Investment Advisor
Surgeon

MISSISSIPPI
Attorney
Contractor
Dental Hygienist
Dental Radiologist
Dentist
Engineer
Lobbyist
Optometrist
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker
Real Estate Salesperson

MISSOURI
Architect
Attorney
Audiologist, Clinical
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist 
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Embalmer
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist 
Landscape Architect
Marital & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist 
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Agent/Broker
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist
Surveyor(573-751-0047) 
Veterinarian

MONTANA 
Architect
Audiologist 
Chiropractor
Clinical Social Worker
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Engineer
Funeral Director
Landscape Architect
Medical Doctor
Mortician
Nurse/Nurse Anethetist
Occupational Therapist
Outfitter
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist 
Private Investigator
Private Security Guard
Psychologist
Radiologic Technologist
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson
Social Worker, LSW
Speech Pathologist
Teacher
Veterinarian

NEBRASKA
Architect
Attorney
Chiropractor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Investigator, Private
Landscape Architect
Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician 
Physician Assistant
Psychologist
Private Detective 
Public Accountant-CPA
Veterinarian

NEVADA 
Architect
Chiropractor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Engineer
Interior Designer
Optometrist
Residential Designer
Roofer
Surveyor, Land

NEW HAMPSHIRE 
Architect
Engineer
Forester
Natural Scientist
Nurse, LPN/Practical/Advanced
Nursing Assistant
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Real Estate Appraiser

NEW JERSEY 
Alcohol/Drug Counselor
Appraiser, General/Residential
Architect
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist/Hairstylist
Counselor/Social Work
Dentist
Electrical Contractor
Embalmer
Engineer
Funeral Practitioner
Home Health Aide
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Counselor
Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician
Plumber
Podiatrist
Psychologist 
Public Accountant/CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Respiratory Therapist
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist
Surveyor, Land
Veterinarian

NEW MEXICO 
Accountant
Architect
Chiropractor
Counselor
Dentist
Dietician
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Medical Doctor
Nursing Home Administrator
Optometrist
Osteopath
Occupational Therapist
Pharmacist
Podiatrist
Private Investigator
Psychologist
Physical Therapist
Real Estate Appraiser
Social Worker
Speech Therapist

NEW YORK 
Accountant-CPA/Public
Architect
Attorney
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitian
Engineer
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Medical Doctor
Nutritionist
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Private Investigator
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant
Real Estate Salesperson/Broker/Appraiser
Respiratory Therapist
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist/Audiologist
Veterinarian

NORTH CAROLINA
Anesthetist Nurse
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Contractor, General
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Electrical Contractor/Inspector
Geologist
Landscape Architect
Licensed Practical Nurse
Medical Doctor
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Broker/Dealer

NORTH DAKOTA
Attorney 
Contractor, General
Livestock Agent
Livestock Dealer
Lobbyist
Medical Doctor
Optometrist
Physician Assistant
Public Accountant-CPA
Social Worker

OHIO
Architect
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Clinical Nurse
Contractor
Counselor
Dentist
Dental Hygienist
Electrician
Engineer (614-466-3650) 
Landscape Architect
Liquor Distributor
Lobbyist
Liquor License (Retail)
Medical Doctor
Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist 
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Agent 
Respiratory Therapist
School  Psychologist
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist
Teacher
Veterinarian

OKLAHOMA 
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse-RN/LPN
Orthotist/Prosthetist 
Physician (405-848-6841) 
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Agent

OREGON
Attorney
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Dentist
Geologist
Insurance Adjuster
Insurance Agent
Landscaper
Mortgage Banker/Broker/Lender
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Physician
Physician's Assistant
Plumber
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Real Estate Appraiser
Speech Language Pathologist
Teacher

PENNSYLVANIA 
Architect 
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist/Cosmetician
Counselor, Professional 
Dental Hygienist 
Dentist
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Radiation Therapy Technician
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson 
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist 
Surveyor, Land
Teacher
Veterinarian

RHODE ISLAND
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitician/Nutritionist
Embalmer
Emergency Medical Technician 
Funeral Director
Hazardous Waste Transporter
Home Care Providers
Lobbyist 
Marriage & Family Therapist 
Medical Doctor
Notary Public
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Radiation Therapist
Prosthetist
Real Estate Appraiser
Speech/Language Pathologist
Social Worker
Veterinarian

SOUTH CAROLINA
Architect
Chiropractor
Contractor
Cosmetologist
Counselor, Professional
Dentist
Embalmer
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Home Builder, Residential
Housing Inspector
Insurance Agent
Landscape Architect
Lobbyist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist
Surveyor, Land
Veterinarian

SOUTH DAKOTA
Counselor
Home Inspector
Lobbyist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Public Accountant-CPA

TENNESSEE 
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor
Architect
Auctioneer
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Contractor
Cosmetologist
Counselor, Professional
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitian/Nutritionist
Emergency Medical Personnel
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Insurance Agent
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator 
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Private Investigator
Psychologist
Public Accountant
Real Estate Agent
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist
Veterinarian

TEXAS 
Attorney
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitician
Emergency Medical Technician
Engineer
Insurance Adjuster
Insurance Agent
Marriage & Family Therapist 
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Paramedic
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician
Podiatrist
Public Accountant-CPA
Radiology Technician
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist

UTAH 
Architect
Attorney
Building Inspector
Chiropractor
Contractor
Cosmetologist
Counselor, Professional 
Dental Hygienist
Dentist 
Dietitician
Electrician
Engineer
Genetic Counselor
Insurance Agent
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Naturopath
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician's Assistant
Plumber
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Appraiser/Broker/Agent
Recreational Therapist
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist/Audiologist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Surveyor, Land

VERMONT 
Architect
Auctioneer
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitician
Embalmer
Engineer
Funeral Director
Lobbyist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Naturopathic Physician
Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Private Investigator
Psychologist
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Appraiser
Social Worker, Clinical
Surveyor, Land
Veterinarian

VIRGINIA
Architect
Auctioneer
Chiropractor
Contractor
Dental Hygienist 
Dentist
Electrical Contractor
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Marriage &Family Therapist 
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Plumber
Podiatrist
Psychologist, Clinical
Public Accountant-CPA
Real Eestate Agent/Appraiser Business
Social Worker, Clinical
Surveyor, Land

WASHINGTON 
Architect
Athlete, Professional
Attorney
Bail Bond Agent
Chiropractor
Contractor, General
Cosmetologist
Counselor
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitician
Emergency Medical Technician
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Landscape Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Mental Health Counselor
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Plumber
Private Investigator
Real Estate Agent/Broker/Appraiser
Social Worker
Veterinarian

WEST VIRGINIA
Attorney
Nurse-LPN
Optometrist
Public Accountant-CPA
Radiologic Technologist
Real Estate Appraiser

WISCONSIN 
Appraiser, General
Appraiser, Residential
Architect
Attorney
Auctioneer
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Cosmetologist
Counselor, Professional 
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitician
Engineer
Funeral Director
Geologist
Home Inspector
Hydrologist
Land Surveyor
Landscape  Architect
Marriage & Family Therapist
Medical Doctor
Nurse
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant
Podiatrist
Private Detective
Psychologist
Public Accountatnt-CPA
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker/Salesperson
Social Worker
Soil Scientist
Speech Pathologist/Audiologist 
Teacher
Veterinarian

WYOMING
Attorney
Engineer
Insurance Agent 
Insurance Broker
Insurance Claims Adjuster
Insurance Consultant
Lobbyist
Medical Doctor
Optometrist
Pharmacist
Physician Assistant
Real Estate Appraiser
Surveyor, Land

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