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This is a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the agency's work.

The Ohio Department of Commerce is the state's chief regulatory agency. It enforces a variety of regulations that apply to:

  • bedding and upholstered furniture
  • boilers
  • cemeteries
  • check cashing services
  • construction compliance
  • credit service organizations
  • elevators
  • financial institutions
  • fireworks
  • insurance premium finance companies
  • labor laws
  • liquor control
  • medical marijuana cultivators and processors
  • mortgage brokers & loan officers
  • pawnbrokers
  • precious metals dealers
  • pressure piping
  • real estate, real estate appraisers
  • second mortgage businesses
  • securities
  • small loan businesses
  • steam engineers
  • unclaimed funds
  • underground storage tanks
  • video service franchising
  • worker safety

The Department's mission is: "Promoting prosperity by protecting what matters most."

The Department's vision: "To be the most trusted and resourceful government agency, providing a great customer experience that inspires success and ensures compliance."

The Director of the Department of Commerce is Sheryl Maxfield. Maxfield leads the Division of Administration. The eight operating divisions and various programs have individual leaders that report to the Director.

The agency's divisions and programs are self-funded, deriving their revenue through licensing, inspection and other fees charged to its customer agencies. The Division of Administration maintains operations through assessments from the operating Divisions.