Word Choice – License Versus Licence
Paty’s question: “I have a question about the proper use of ‘License’ vs. ‘Licence’ as I’m writing a policy.”
BizWritingTip response: The spelling of these two words varies according to country. In Britain and Canada, licence is the noun and license is the verb. In other words, if there is a piece of paper to hold use the “c” word: licence.
Examples (British and Canadian English)
I need to renew my licence. (Licence is a noun.)
He is not licensed to work here. (Licensed is a verb.)
Note: According to the Oxford Dictionary, when it comes to adjectives, licenced may be used. But licensed is more common.
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In American English, license is both a noun and a verb. Licence is not used at all.
Examples (American English)
I need to renew my license.
She is not licensed to do cosmetic injections but is working on getting her license.