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Cannabis Manufacturing License Application

Applications for cannabis manufacturing licenses are accepted through an online licensing system - the Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS). The application requires information on the business, owners and financial interest holders, and operating premises, as well as descriptions of procedures for waste disposal, inventory and quality control, transportation and security.

Applicants must be in compliance with city or county ordinances. During the application review process, CDPH will contact the city or county to verify the local authorization. If the applicant does not provide a copy of their local authorization, the local office will have 60 days to respond. If the applicant includes a copy of their local authorization with their application, the local office will have 10 days to respond.

ChecklistNEW USER 

 Click "New User" to create an account and begin your annual license application.


Click "Returning User" if you already have a username, and you wish to return to your application or edit your license information.


 Click "Reset Password" to reset your password.

Provisional licenses are issued at CDPH's discretion to applicants who submit a complete annual license application and are in compliance with local ordinances, but may be undergoing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or other similar review processes.

There is no separate application process for provisional licenses. During review of the license application, the CDPH licensing team will determine if the applicant qualifies for a provisional license.

Temporary Licenses

Applications for temporary licenses are no longer available.

​License Application Resources:

License Application Checklist (PDF)

License Application: Guide to Required Documents (PDF)

Guide to License Renewals (PDF)

MCLS Helpful Hints

How to Submit Your License Fee Payment (PDF)

How to Download Your License Certificate (PDF)


'Request for Live Scan' Form (BCIA 8016) (PDF)

Live Scan Instructions for Out-of-State Owners (PDF)

Template: Sample Property Owner's Consent (PDF)

Template: Surety Bond Form (PDF) 

Template: Labor Peace Agreement Notarized Statement (PDF)

Statement of Gross Annual Revenue (PDF)

Release of Information to Financial Institutions:

Licensees may authorize the cannabis licensing authorities to release information to financial institutions in order to facilitate access to financial services. Once authorized, a financial institution may submit an information request. Complete the appropriate form below and submit it to

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