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How to obtain a car washing & polishing registration certificate

(Rev. 12/11/14)

What is the definition of “car washing and polishing.”

“Car washing and polishing” means washing, cleaning, drying, polishing, detailing, servicing, or otherwise providing cosmetic care to vehicles.  “Car washing and polishing” does not include motor vehicle repair, as defined in Section 9880.1 of the Business and Professions Code. Labor Code section 2051(a)

Who must obtain a car washing & polishing registration certificate?

Every person engaged in the business of car washing & polishing must register with the Labor Commissioner. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 13680 through 13693.

What does the term "employer" mean?

"Employer" means any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, joint venture, or association engaged in the business of car washing and polishing that engages any other individual in providing those services. Labor Code Section 2051(b)(1).

What organizations are excluded from the definition of “employer” and the requirements for licensing?

"Employer" does not include any charitable, youth, service, veteran, or sports group, club, or association that conducts car washing and polishing on an intermittent basis to raise funds for charitable, education, or religious purposes. "Employer" does not include any licensed vehicle dealer or car rental agency that conducts car washing and polishing ancillary to its primary business of selling, leasing, or servicing vehicles. "Employer" does not include either a new motor vehicle dealer, as defined in Section 426 of the Vehicle Code, that is primarily engaged in the business of selling, leasing, renting, or servicing vehicles or an automotive repair dealer, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 9880.1 of the Business and Professions Code, who is primarily engaged in the business of repairing and diagnosing malfunctions of motor vehicles. "Employer" does not include any self-service car wash or automated car wash that has employees for cashiering or maintenance purposes only. . Labor Code Section 2051(b)(2).

What is the definition of “employee?”

"Employee" means any person, including an alien or minor, who renders actual car washing and polishing services in any business for an employer, whether for tips or for wages, and whether wages are calculated by time, piece, task, commission, or other method of calculation, and whether the services are rendered on a commission, concessionaire, or other basis.Labor Code Section 2051(c)

If I am a NEW or RENEWAL applicant, how do I obtain an application package?

You can either:

1. Download the package from the internet (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):

   

a. Important Information and Instructions for New and Renewal Applicants for Car Washing and Polishing Registration (Rev. 11/11) (acrobat small logo English)
b. Application for Registration-Car Washing & Polishing
(acrobat small logo English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean)
(acrobat small logoThai)
c. Proof of Tax Filing and Payment (IRS Form 8821) (acrobat small logo Pdf)
d. Bond (acrobat small logo Pdf)
e. Declaration and Authorization to Release Information (optional) (acrobat small logo Pdf) Or

2. Call the Car Washing & Polishing Hotline on Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (415) 703-5640 and request that a package be sent to you. Or

3. Request a package by mail by sending your written request to:

   

Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Registration Unit
P.O. Box 420603
San Francisco, CA 94142

Or


4. Pick up a package in person at:

   

Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
455 Golden Gate Ave., 9th Floor West
San Francisco, CA 94102

What fees are required?

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement must receive a completed application along with a $250.00 annual registration fee for each branch location. In addition to the fee specified each employer shall be assessed an annual fee of $50.00 for each branch location. (Total registration fee of $300.00 for each branch location.) Be sure to complete an application form and include the registration fee and all required documents in order to avoid delays in processing.

Fees may be paid by certified check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to DIVISION OF LABOR STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT. 

You may also pay fees online using your American Express, Discover or MasterCard credit card by clicking on the title of the payment you wish to make:

Car Wash Registration & Assessment Fees
(NEW Applicant)

Honorarios y tasa de Rgistracion de Lavaderos de Carro
(NUEVO Aplicante)

Payments for NEW Applicant Car Wash Registration and Assessment fees.  Fees are charged per branch you operate.  Annual Reg. fee = $250;  Annual assessment fee = $50 (i.e., $300 for each branch location)

Car Wash Registration & Assessment Fees
(RENEWAL Applicant)

Honorarios y tasa de Rgistracion de Lavaderos de Carro
(Aplicante de RENOVACION)

Payments for RENEWAL Applicant Car Wash Registration and Assessment fees.  Fees are charged per branch you operate.  Annual Reg. fee = $250;  Annual assessment fee = $50 (i.e., $300 for each branch location)

If I am a RENEWAL applicant, how do I obtain an application package?

Ninety (90) days before your current registration expires you will be sent in the mail an application package. Be sure to complete the application form and include your fee and all required documents in order to avoid delays in processing.