Governments issue licenses for all kinds of things. Some require passing a test. To be licensed to practice law or medicine or cut hair the state requires a demonstration of knowledge and skill required for the vocation.
In California to get a hunting license a person must prove that they have already had a license or one of the following:
· A California certificate of hunter education completion or equivalency with a unique number imprinted on it (for example: AA00000) or a California hunter education certificate with no unique number imprinted and a California hunter education validation stamp affixed;
· A certificate of successful completion of a California-approved hunter education course from any state or province;
Having already had a license implies that at some point there has been training. Presumably there were some gun safety tips, perhaps some help in recognizing which animals are legal to kill and which are not.
On the other hand, the law does not require any special preparation for something that will, for better or worse (maybe better AND worse) effect the rest of two people’s lives, the lives of their children and the lives of those around them.
While I am loathe to advocate that the state require more, it seems like a major endeavor with very little proof of preparation.
Many churches require some kind of training or class or “marriage encounter” experience for couples, before they will consent to marry them. But even with classes and the ceremony the marriage is not legally recognized without the license.
While the government doesn’t require couples to demonstrate any skills or training, they do charge a fee.
It varies from state to state and county to county. It can be as little as $10.00 to as much as $115.00. Montana and the District of Columbia still require a blood test. Some states require a “waiting period” between when a license is issued and when the couple can actually marry. Presumably this is to avoid weddings that are motivated by drugs, alcohol or a momentary infatuation that might wear off.