California has approximately 50 regulatory agencies that license businesses, occupations and professions across industry sectors.

Examples of CA business licenses and professional licenses (under their common names) include:

Accountant’s License:, CPA or PA LicenseDental LicenseNursing Home License
Auto Repair License, Smog Check License, BAR LicenseInsurance LicenseRegistered Nursing License, RN, LVN, LPN, Travel Nurse Licenses
Chiropractors LicenseHearing Aid Dispensers LicensePharmacy License or Pharmacist’s License
Community Care, Facilities LicenseLiquor License / Beer and Wine LicensePsychology License, Psychiatry License
Contractors LicenseMedical LicenseReal Estate License, Real Estate Broker’s License
Daycare LicenseMoving and Store License, Household Goods Carrier’s License (PUC Permit)Social Worker’s License, Marriage, Family and Child Counselor’s License, MFCC License

California regulatory agencies include Commissions, such as the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Departments, such as the Department of Insurance and Department of Real Estate, and dozens of Boards, Committees and Bureaus operated by the Department of Consumer Affairs, such as the Medical Board of California and the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Most healthcare professions are regulated by Boards under the Department of Consumer Affairs, such as the Medical Board, Dental Board, Board of Registered Nursing, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Board of Behavioral Sciences. Health care facilities are licensed by the Department of Health Services.

Outside of healthcare, major licensing agencies in California include the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Bureau of Automotive Repair, the Contractors’State License Board, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Department of Insurance, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the Department of Real Estate, and the Department of Social Services.

You can check the current status of your California professional license here.

Lucy S. McAllister’s practice focuses on the defense of licensed professionals before all state licensing boards in California. Call us toll free at (877) 280-9944 if your license is on the line.