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How to Obtain a Talent Agency License
(Rev. 12/12/11)

Requirement to obtain a license to operate as a talent agency:

No person shall engage in or carry on the occupation of a talent agency without first procuring a license therefor from the Labor Commissioner. The license shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the office of the licensee.  The license number shall be referred to in any advertisement for the purpose of the solicitation of talent for the talent agency.  (Labor Code section 1700.5)

Who must obtain a license to operate as a talent agency?

Definitions:

"Person" means any individual, company, society, firm, partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company, manager, or their agents or employees. (Labor Code section 1700) "Talent agency" means a person or corporation who engages in the occupation of procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements for an artist or artists, except that the activities of procuring, offering, or promising to procure recording contracts for an artist or artists shall not of itself subject a person or corporation to regulation and licensing under this chapter. Talent agencies may, in addition, counsel or direct artists in the development of their professional careers. (Labor Code section 1700.4(a)) "Artists" means actors and actresses rendering services on the legitimate stage and in the production of motion pictures, radio artists, musical artists, musical organizations, directors of legitimate stage, motion picture and radio productions, musical directors, writers, cinematographers, composers, lyricists, arrangers, models, and other artists and persons rendering professional services in motion picture, theatrical, radio, television and other entertainment enterprises. (Labor Code section 1700.4(b)) (See Labor Code sections 1700 through 1700.3 for other relevant definitions)

How do I obtain an application package?

You can either:

1. Download the forms from the DLSE website (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):

   

a. Talent Agency License Application (DLSE 351 Rev.1/09))(acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)
b. Important Information and Instructions for New and Renewal Applicants for Talent Agency License (Rev. 3/12) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

2. Call the Licensing & Registration Unit on Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (415) 703-4846 and request that a package be sent to you.

3. Request a package by mail or in person at the addresses provided below.

Email your request with complete mailing address to DLSE.licensing@dir.ca.gov

What other documentation must be submitted with my NEW application form?

1. Bond (DLSE 306) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

2. Affidavit of Character (DLSE 301-A Rev. 9/11) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

3. Personal Record (DLSE 301-B Rev. 9/11) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

4. Premise Certification (Rev. 1/11) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

5. Sample – Nonexclusive Contract Between Artist and Talent Agency (DLSE 315A) (Rev. 09/10) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

6. Sample - Exclusive Contract Between Artist and Talent Agency (DLSE 315B) (Rev. 09/10) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

7. Sample – Fee Schedule (DLSE 315C) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

8. Request for Live Scan Service (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

9. Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

10. Copy of Driver’s License/Photo ID

11. Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable)

12. Articles of Organization (if limited liability company)

13. Articles of Incorporation and Statement of Domestic Stock (if corporation)

14. Business Tax Registration Certificate (if business is at residence)

AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION, INCLUDING INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, WILL DELAY THE ISSUANCE OF YOUR LICENSE. 

The Labor Commissioner reserves the right to request additional supporting documentation as may be needed to complete the investigation as to the character, competency and responsibility of the applicant.

What fees are required?

A filing fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be paid to the Labor Commissioner at the time the application for issuance of a talent agency license is filed.

In addition to the filing fee required for application for issuance of a talent agency license, every talent agency shall pay to the Labor Commissioner annually at the time a license is issued or renewed:

   

(a) A license fee of two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225).
(b) Fifty dollars ($50) for each branch office maintained by the talent agency in this state. (Labor Code section 1700.12)

A filing fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be paid to the Labor Commissioner at the time application for consent to the transfer or assignment of a talent agency license is made, but no license fee shall be required upon the assignment or transfer of a license.

The location of a talent agency shall not be changed without the written consent of the Labor Commissioner. (Labor Code section 1700.13)

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:

Talent Agency Filing & License Fee
(NEW Applicant)

Honorarios de Archivo y Licencias de la Agencia del Talento
(NUEVO Aplicante)

Payment for NEW Talent Agency Filing & License Fees.  Filing fee = $25; Main Office License Fee = $225 = total $250 plus $50 for each additional branch office location

Talent Agency Filing & License Fee
(RENEWAL Applicant)

Honorarios de Archivo y Licencias de la Agencia del Talento
(Aplicante de RENOVACION)

Payment for RENEWAL Talent Agency Filing & License Fees.  Filing fee = $25; Main Office License Fee = $225 = total $250 plus $50 for each additional branch office location

Once I have obtained and completed the application, how and where do I submit my application?

Mail your application form to: 

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

(Physical address:  455 Golden Gate Ave, 9th Flr.
     San Francisco, CA 94102)

Please note:  To ensure delivery, all mail must be sent to the P.O. Box address above)

What are the requirements for RENEWAL applicants?

Requirements, including required application form, fees and documentation, are the same as for new applications with some exceptions.

Please see “Important Information and Instructions for New and Renewal Applicants for Talent Agency License” (Rev. 12/11) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)

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

You can either:

  • Download the form from the DLSE website (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):
  • Talent Agency License Application (DLSE 351 (Rev. 1/09) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)
  • Important Information and Instructions for New and Renewal Applicants for Talent Agency License (Rev. 12/11) (acrobat small logo Pdf) (word image Doc)
  • Call the Licensing & Registration Unit on Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (415) 703-4846 and request that a package be sent to you.
  • Request a package by mail or in person at the addresses provided below.
  • Email your request with complete mailing address to DLSE.licensing@dir.ca.gov

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. 

The Division will make every effort to mail you an application package prior to the expiration of your license.  However, it is your responsibility as the applicant to ensure that your application is submitted timely and non-receipt of a renewal package from the Division will not provide relief for a lapse in licensing coverage.