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Farm Labor Contractors

FLC License Application and Instructions

FREE FLC Licensing Workshops

The Labor Commissioner’s Office offers free workshops to assist current or prospective farm labor contractors. Consultants are available for one-on-one review of first-time licensing or renewal applications. No registration is needed.

Fresno - Each Friday

9:00 – 11:00 AM
Labor Commissioner’s Office – Fresno
770 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 222
Fresno, CA 93710

Reservation is required
Please call (559) 248-1894 or email to reserve time on a kiosk to complete the online application or exam.

Oakland - Friday, July 15, 2016

9 AM – 12 Noon
California State Building
1515 Clay Street, main lobby
Oakland, CA 94612

Laptops will be available for application submission and online exams.

Please visit the Labor Commissioner’s Office FLC webpage for application instructions or to submit an application online. The website is also available in Spanish. Please email us at with any questions.

Who is a Farm Labor Contractor (FLC)?

The law considers the following individuals or organizations to be "farm labor contractors”:

  • any person/legal entity who, for a fee, employs people to perform work connected to the production of farm products to, for, or under the direction of a third person
  • any person/legal entity who recruits, supplies, or hires workers on behalf of someone engaged in the production of farm products and, for a fee, provides board, lodging, or transportation for those workers, or supervises, times, checks, counts, weighs, or otherwise directs or measures their work, or disburses wage payments to these persons.

Note: "farm labor contractor" does not include a commercial packing house engaged in both the harvesting and the packing of citrus fruit or soft fruit for a client.

Why does an FLC need a license?

Labor Code section 1683 requires that anyone acting as a farm labor contractor must be licensed by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, must keep his/her license up-to-date, and must keep it in his/her possession.

Farm Labor Contractor Legislation:   2009    2011

Study materials and other legal requirements for FLCs

Letter to Farm Labor Contractors regarding the update of SB 1087 - May 2015

Human Trafficking Notice for FLCs

How to apply or renew an FLC license

You may apply for a license online. Also available are instructions and checklist for an FLC application.

If the online application was completed last year, please use the same user name and password. Applicants who applied in person or by mail last year, please email us to receive instruction on how to renew online this year. Please include the applicant's FLC license number and contact information in the email to


Apply for an FLC license online

Download paper application for a new FLC license, renewal, or short-form renewal application

Pay fees (if you submitted or will submit a paper application)

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Contact information:

Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Merced, Kings and Madera Counties:
Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Registration
770 East Shaw Ave., Ste. 222
Fresno, CA  93710
fax: 559-248-1895

For ALL OTHER Counties:
Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Registration Unit
1515 Clay Street
Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612
Fax: 510-286-1366

June 2016