Public Information - Standard File Overview
A Standard file contains information on current renewable licenses listed under A SINGLE Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Agency throughout California (for resident and non-resident licensees), sorted by county, then by licensee (business or individual) name.
A Standard file includes the licensee's full business or individual name, full address, city code, county code, license type, original issue date, expiration date, date record was last updated, 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.
Because of recent staff shortage, the turn-around time is fifteen business days from the day the Public Information Unit receives the request form, with full payment. The data is available either on a Compact Disc (CD) or as an email file (both are produced in ASCII text format). (Data for the Medical Board of California, Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Board of Behavioral Science, Board of Registered Nursing and Bureau of Security and Investigative Services is only available on CD due to the file size exceeding 65,000 records.) The cost for a CD or an email file is $235.00 per Agency.
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 Standard File Request Form and Standard Record Layout: