It's an easy one page application picked up at your local municipal building.
"The township requires that you retain a license. We do a background check that includes a criminal history," Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller said.
Chief Heller said anyone showing up at your door selling something should have one, along with their story that may not be true.
"We hear they have asphalt left on their trucks or extra magazines for x amount of dollars. We have seen where they ask to use phones, their vehicles broke down and need to make a phone call," Heller said.
Last year a group of out of town asphalt pavers came through and some, it turned out, were felons. Others were in the country illegally. Many times traveling salespeople don't seek a permit because they wouldn't qualify for one because they have criminal records.
"It specifically asks have you been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony. I can think of two instances where they said no, we did a background check and they had arrests so we denied their permits," Chief Heller said. "They target the elderly and widows that are alone. Don't be afraid to call 911. It doesn't hurt us to answer the call. It takes a few minutes, that's what we do."
Experts warn these people are clever. Sometimes they look young and you'll think they're local students. They may engage you in conversation. Police say don't be afraid to say no.