Access the license portals

Access the license portals

You can use the Department of Cannabis Control’s online licensing systems to:

  • Apply for a license
  • Renew a license
  • Change an existing license

Choose your license type

Cultivation applicants: When uploading documents, make sure the file name doesn’t use any spaces or special characters.

Click “Manufacturers: new users” to create an account and begin your annual license application.

Click “Manufacturers: returning users” if you already have a username, and wish to return to your application or edit your license information.

The online licensing system for distributors, testing laboratories, retailers, microbusinesses and events is experiencing intermittent outages. We are working closely with the software provider to resolve technical issues. You can email licensing@cannabis.ca.gov if you need assistance with your license while the system is offline.

Licensing process

Learn the steps to:

Help with your application

We’ve created resources to help you with your license application, including:

  • Required application forms
  • Guides to help you complete your application
  • Tips for addressing deficiencies
  • How we review license applications

Questions and answers

The Department of Cannabis Control was created on July 12, 2021 by merging three existing state programs. Each of those former programs had its own online licensing system.

We anticipate creating one licensing system for all businesses, but it will take time to do that. Until then, use the system for the license type you have or are applying for.

Use the online licensing system that corresponds to each license you’re seeking. You may need to submit applications through more than one system.