Public Information - Masterfile Overview
The Masterfile contains information on current renewable licenses listed under the majority of the Agencies throughout California (for resident and non-resident licensees), sorted by Agency code then by license type, then by license number.
The Masterfile includes the licensee's full business or individual name, full address, city code, county code, license type, original issue date, expiration date, process date, and Agency code. Some class codes (a further distinction within a license type identifying what trade or profession is licensed) are also included for certain agencies.
The Masterfile contains over 2.8 million records for over 150 types of professional licenses and is produced the first business day of every month. Requests received after this day will be processed the first business day of the following month. For information about monthly subscriptions, please contact the Public Information Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of the included agencies, please refer to the Masterfile Request Form.
Because of recent staff shortage, the turn-around time is four to six weeks from the day the Public Information Unit receives the request form, with full payment. The data is only available on CD in ASCII text format. The cost is $235.00.
Fees are non-refundable unless there is a defect in the product. Replacement data is not applicable after five business days following the mailing of the output. For refunds under $10.00, the Requestor must submit a written request to the Public Information Unit, due to accounting requirements. Please allow 90 days for all refunds.
Important: Please print all needed informational documents prior to request form completion. The request form is viewable and fillable using Adobe Reader and can only be saved if Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer.
Click on the links below to access the Masterfile Request Form and Masterfile Record Layout: