A license is a document that grants the bearer permission to engage in an activity or occupation that is otherwise considered illegal.
If you pay "tribute" to a government agency for their protection and friendship they will issue you a "license" to fish, hunt, drive, marry etc with impunity.
A method of the "state" exercising control of the populace.
cop: "Show me your license!"
driver: "I don't have one."
cop: "You're under arrest..(enter standard Miranda warning)"
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