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Child Performer Services Permit

Legislation aimed at protecting current and aspiring child actors and performers from sexual predators was approved last year. 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).

Penalties for Non-compliance

Anyone continuing to provide the specified services to child performers and artists without the permit may be subject to a significant fine (up to $10,000) and/or a prison sentence, if it is determined that the applicant filled out the form with fraudulent intent (see AB1660 Labor Code section 1706.1). CPS permit holders must renew their permits every two years. 

* Note that licensed talent agents and certified studio teachers are exempt from this requirement.

Permit Application Process

Please follow the four steps below to obtain a CPS permit. You may want to review the frequently asked questions prior to starting the application process.

  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 a permit application online*.
  4. Labor Commissionerís Office will notify you of permit status.

There is a $200 application fee in addition to the cost for fingerprints. Please allow 45 days to process the application. The Labor Commissioner’s Office will notify you of your permit status.

Search for current CPS permit holders

Frequently Asked Questions

Proposed Regulations

Email CPSLicensing@dir.ca.gov with any questions.

* You may complete and mail in a paper application form if you do not have access to a computer with Internet services (available at most public libraries).

October 2013