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How to obtain a car washing & polishing registration certificate

1. Read the rules about car washing and polishing in the California Labor Code.

2. Read the instructions for filling out the application for car washing and polishing registration

3. Obtain an application, using one of the following options:

  • Apply online.
  • Download the application, which consists of all four of these documents, using the following links:
  • Call the Car Washing and Polishing Registration Unit, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at
    (510) 285-3502 and request that an application be sent to you.
  • Request an application by mail by sending your written request to:

         Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
         Licensing and Registration Unit
         1515 Clay Street,
         Suite 401,
         Oakland, CA 94612
  • Pick up an application in person at:

         Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
         Licensing and Registration Unit
         1515 Clay Street,
         Suite 401,
         Oakland, CA 94612

4.  Send the completed application to:

     Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
     Licensing and Registration Unit
     1515 Clay Street,
     Suite 401,
     Oakland, CA 94612


AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION, INCLUDING INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, WILL DELAY THE ISSUANCE OF YOUR LICENSE. IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A RENEWAL APPLICATION, TO AVOID A LAPSE IN THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF YOUR LICENSE, PLEASE RETURN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE, WITH FEES AND DOCUMENTATION, AT LEAST 90 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF YOUR LICENSE.