Talent Agency License and Advance-Fee Talent Services

Who Needs a License?

Any person or entity involved in arranging employment for an artist in the entertainment field must get a license to operate as a talent agency.

  • Search databases for licensed Talent Agencies and Talent Agencies Complaint Decisions

Registration Application

Steps to Register:

  •  Review the Talent Agency requirements.
  •  Gather the required documents.
  •  Complete the new application or renew your existing registration online or by mail.


Every talent agency must pay the following fees annually, when a license is issued or renewed. The fees are due with the submitted application:

  • A license fee of $225 and a filing fee of $25 for a total of $250 for single location businesses.
  • AND add $50 for each branch office maintained by the talent agency in California.


The requirements, including the application form, documentation and fees, are the same for renewals as for new applications.

Advance-Fee Talent Representation Services

Advance-Fee Talent representation service means any company or person charging upfront fees to artists for services such as referrals to photographers and Internet websites or for lessons, coaching, seminars, workshops or similar trainings for an artist.


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June 2021