How To Become a Licensed Farm Labor Contractor in California
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The following individuals or organizations are considered "farm labor contractors":
Under the California labor Code, any person acting as a farm labor contractor (FLC) is required to be authorized and keep their license current. The Department of Labor Standards Enforcement of the Department of Industrial Relations issues licenses for Farm Labor Contractors. Visit the DLSE website for information and the online application process (also available as a printable form).
Membership in CFLCA will also help you navigate the industry and provide you with much needed resources and information.
FLC License Application Instructions and Checklist
State licenses must be renewed each year; online applications may begin renewal 90 days from the license expiration date and should be submitted 60 days in advance for priority processing. FLCs may request temporary extensions by submitting their renewal application, current WCI and bond, and pay applicable fees. State licensing contact: FLC@dir.ca.gov
Federal licenses must be renewed each year; applications may be submitted for renewal up to 120 days from the license expiration date and should be submitted at least 30 days in advance. Federal licensing contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 415-241-3505.
Exam invitations are sent to the email address provided on the FLC license application (individual, not agent) and will come from a third party DLSE has contracted with. Exams will be given in the language selected on the application (to confirm the language download a copy of your application). Exam results are sent to the same email address generally within three to four weeks.
Take the practice exam for FLC licensing!
Read the letter from DLSE responding to FLC exams issues (Mar. 25, 2022).