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Child Performer Services Permit

Who Needs a Permit?

Anyone who intends to represent or provide child performer services to any artist or performer who is under 18 years old in the state of California for a fee must have a child performer service permit. For further information, see the California Labor Code; CPS permit holders must renew their permits every two years.

Legislation aimed at protecting current and aspiring child actors and performers from sexual predators was approved September 2012. The law bars sex offenders from providing services to minors working or seeking to work in the entertainment industry. Assembly Bill 1660 does so by requiring a wide range of professionals working with artists or performers who are under 18 years of age to undergo a criminal background check and obtain a Child Performer Services (CPS) permit from the Department of Industrial Relationsí Labor Commissionerís Office (also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement).

Apply for a Child Performer Services Permit

  1. Complete Request for Live Scan Services (fingerprints) and take it with you when you get fingerprinted.
  2. Get fingerprinted at a Live Scan location.
  3. Complete the permit application
    • Online
    • Download the Application for Permission to Employ Minors in the Entertainment Industry and print it. Mail to:

      Department of Industrial Relations
      Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
      Licensing and Registration
      1515 Clay Street,
      Suite 401,
      Oakland, CA 94612
      (510) 285-0454

Please allow 45 days to process the application. The Labor Commissionerís Office will notify you of your permit status.

Payment of Fees

The application fee is $200 in addition to the cost for fingerprints.

Resources

May 2016