California Talent Agency Bonds
California Talent Agency Bond Information
The California Talent Agency Bond is mandated by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. The penal sum or limit of the bond is $50,000 and the bond is continuous throughout successive licensing periods unless cancelled. This surety bond guarantees compliance with the provisions of Chapter 4, Part 6, Division 2 of the Labor Code of the State of California. The bonded principal is obligated to pay all sums due when such principal or his or her representative or agent has received such sums. Furthermore, the principal must pay all third party damages resulting from misstatement, misrepresentation, fraud, deceit, or any unlawful acts or omissions while acting within the scope of the licensing activities.
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Getting Your California Business License or Registration
Talent agency licensing is managed by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. An application may be filed using and the Talent Agency Application Online System, by downloading the PDF application, or by calling the Licensing & Registration Unit, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 510-285-3397 to request that an application be sent to you.
To avoid any delays in obtaining your license, be sure that your application is complete, including supporting documentation as follows:
- Surety Bond (Form DLSE 306)
- Affidavit of Character (DLSE 301-A, Rev. 9/11)
- Personal Record (DLSE 301-B, Rev. 9/11)
- Premise Certification (Rev. 1/11)
- Sample – Nonexclusive Contract Between Artist and Talent Agency (DLSE 315A, Rev. 09/10)
- Sample - Exclusive Contract Between Artist and Talent Agency (DLSE 315B, Rev. 09/10)
- Sample – Fee Schedule (DLSE 315C)
- Request for Live Scan Service
- Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance
- Copy of Driver's License/Photo ID
- Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable)
- Articles of Organization (if limited liability company)
- Articles of Incorporation and Statement of Domestic Stock (if corporation)
- Business Tax Registration Certificate (if business is at residence)
- Pay application fees as required by the Department
- The Labor Commissioner reserves the right to request additional supporting documentation as may be required to complete the investigation as to the character, competency, and responsibility of the applicant.
License Renewals - The requirements, including the application form, documentation, and fees, are the same for renewals as for new applications.
The state of California prohibits any person from "engaging in or carrying on the occupation of a talent agency without first procuring a license therefore 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)".
A "talent agency" is defined as "any 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))".
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Contact Information for the Department of Industrial Relations
Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Registration
1515 Clay Street, Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612