Renewal Information

Update - October 8, 2013

NOTE: The Department of Consumer Affairs and the Board of Behavioral Sciences are very excited to announce its new online "BreEZe" system. The Board will be implementing the process for submitting various applications online, in a staggered basis. To see the timeline for these applications becoming available check out our "Pathway to Breeze" information! new graphic

However, we strongly encourage all renewal applicants to submit renewal applications upon receipt of the renewal notice. This notice is sent to the licensee's address of record approximately 100 days in advance of the license's expiration date. If you do not receive your renewal notice you may download the manual renewal notice located on the Board's website under forms and publications tab. Prior to mailing your renewal application, please verify that you have completed the renewal application correctly.

A complete renewal application sent well in advance of the license's expiration date will provide licensees the best opportunity to avoid any lapses in licensure that may affect their current employment.

Please be aware that your renewal is not complete until the Board has fully processed your renewal. This includes, but is not limited to, cashiering the check and making sure the application is complete. Even though your renewal may be postmarked before the expiration date, your renewal is not complete until the Board has processed your application. Postmarking your renewal before your expiration date ensures you will not be subject to a delinquency fee, it does not guarantee your renewal will be processed before your expiration date. Be sure to submit your renewal far enough in advance of your expiration date to allow for processing time, however, please do not submit your renewal more than 90 days prior to your expiration date. If your license expires, you may not practice.

Please select either "Registrant" or "Licensee" for specific renewal information.

Social Security Number Requirement

Disclosure of a licensee or registrant's Social Security Number (SSN) is mandatory. The SSN will be used for tax enforcement purposes, for purposes of compliance with any judgment or order for family support, or for verification of licensure or examination status by a licensing or examination entity which utilizes a national examination and where licensure is reciprocal with the requesting state.

Failure to disclose a SSN will prevent issuance of a renewal license or registration.

Family Support Program

The Department of Consumer Affairs is working with the Department of Social Services, as well as other appropriate agencies, to administer the State Licensing Match System Program. This program prohibits the issuance and renewal of a permanent professional license to individuals who are delinquent in their court-ordered child support payments. In place of the permanent license, a 150-day temporary license or registration may be issued.

State Tax Obligation: EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 31(e), the State Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board may share taxpayer information with a board. A licensee must pay his or her state tax obligation and his or her license may be suspended if the state tax obligation is not paid.