Sounds like Indiana. There is one in Brazil IN , You go in and pay $25. 00, they give you a certificate with your name on it that says licensed electrician.
I figured you needed to be licensed to wire a 72 room assisted living home with an additional 22 room memory care.
But we had NO inspections on our work at all. None. the only person that looked at it was me before it was covered up. It had a 1600 amp service we had 5 electrical rooms with transformers in the building.
I've done some work in Middle Eastern Illinois down around Matoon. They had no electrical permits or inspectors either. The place is just so country.
But I remember in NC doing work in a rual county, up around Saphire Valley. Another county would send an inspector to check it. State wide licensing is so much better.