Department of Consumer Affairs

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20, during the State of Emergency, the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may waive any statutory or regulatory renewal requirements pertaining to individuals licensed pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code (the Code).

On March 31, 2020 the Director issued the Examination and Continuing Education Waiver for License Renewal (DCA-20-01).

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Accordingly, for individuals whose active or current licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and May 31, 2021, the Director temporarily waives:

1. any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Code take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and,

2. any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Code complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license.

These temporary waivers do not apply to any continuing education, training, or examination required pursuant to a disciplinary order against a license.

Licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of the date of the waiver, unless further extended.

These temporary waivers do not relieve such individuals from timely complying with any other renewal requirements, including completing and submitting the required renewal forms to the governing licensing agency.

As a result of these waivers, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ constituent licensing boards may renew licenses despite noncompliance with the statutory or regulatory renewal requirements identified above.

NOTE: Examination and continuing education related questions have not been modified within the online renewal process. Responses to such questions should reflect the waiver details above. Your renewal application will not be held up due to specifically waived examination or continuing education requirements. If the online renewal process requests you to provide specific continuing education courses, you may enter courses completed or enter COVID-19 Waiver if you have not completed any hours/units to date.

Please allow 24-48 hours for renewal waiver processing.

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