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Renew Your Personnel License

LFS is currently processing renewals with an expiration date of October 15, 2015.

 

Continuing Education Requirements 

Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnologist, and Director Licenses

Everyone who holds a clinical laboratory scientist personnel license type (including limited scientist, cytotechnologist, and director) must obtain 24 hours of continuing education provided by a clinical laboratory science continuing education accrediting agency approved by the Department or an accredited academic institution during every two-year renewal cycle. 

Phlebotomy Certificates

Certified Phlebotomy Technicians must obtain a total of 6 contact hours of continuing education provided by a clinical laboratory science continuing education accrediting agency approved by the Department or an accredited academic institution during every two-year renewal cycle.

View a list of approved Continuing Education Accrediting Agencies.

You must retain for a minimum of four years all continuing education documents received from providers approved under the California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 1038.4.  Do not forward these documents to the Department unless you are instructed to do so.

For specific information or questions about the continuing education requirement you may call 510-620-3800 or email LFSpersonnel@cdph.ca.gov.

How to Renew a Certificate or License

Quick Checklist:

  • Obtain the required number of continuing education credits (see requirements above).
  • Complete form LAB 177, including the Continuing Education section on page 2 of the form.  Be sure to sign and date the form.
  • Submit a check or money order for the non-refundable renewal fee made payable to the California Department of Public Health.  Be sure to write your license or certificate number on the check.
  • Mail the form and payment to the following address:

California Department of Public Health
Accounting Section / Cashiering Unit
MS 1601, P. O. Box 997376
Sacramento, CA 95899-7376

  • Keep a copy for yourself and make a note of the date and where it was sent.

 

Renewal Information: 

To renew a certificate or license, the certificate or license holder must complete and return form LAB 177 along with the appropriate fee.  Renewal fees are not refundable.  View the schedule of renewal fees.

Renewal notices are sent to licensed and certified persons 120 days prior to the expiration date of the expiration of their license or certificate.  If you have misplaced your renewal form or did not receive it, the renewal form LAB 177 is available online on the LFS website at Laboratory Field Services Forms.

Be sure to complete the Continuing Education Activity Summary found on page 2 of form LAB 177. 

If you obtained your Continuing Education units from an accrediting agency, complete Section 1 of the Continuing Education Activity Summary. For each continuing education program that has been successfully completed, provide (a) date of issue of the continuing education certificate, (b) California Approved Accrediting Agency number (AA number), (c) program title, (d) course number, and (e) number of contact hours (CE hours) received. The renewal form will be returned to you with a letter of deficiency if any information is missing, and this will delay the processing of the application.

If you obtained your Continuing Education units from a college or university, complete Section 2 of the Continuing Education Activity Summary.  For each course that you took, provide (a) name of the college or university, (b) title and number of the course from the college course catalog, (c) number of semester or quarter units (circle the appropriate type of units), and (d) the beginning and ending dates of the course.

Mail the completed application along with the fee to:

California Department of Public Health
Accounting Section / Cashiering Unit
MS 1601, P. O. Box 997376
Sacramento, CA 95899-7376

It takes a median time of 90 days after the receipt of a complete renewal application to process the application and issue the license or certificate.  To ensure renewal before the expiration of your license or certificate, the complete renewal application package (form LAB 177, including a list of continuing education courses, and fee) should be sent at least 90 days prior to the expiration date.  An incomplete or incorrect application will delay the processing of the application.

Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.  Please note that LFS does not have a public counter and does not accept in-person requests or applications, including applications for renewal.

If you need help completing your renewal form or if you need other information, please check the LFS website for the FAQs for personnel licensing. You can contact LFS personnel licensing staff by email at LFSPersonnel@cdph.ca.gov or by calling (510) 620-3800.

After an application has been approved, the approval is posted on the LFS personnel verification website.

LFS does not issue temporary licenses or certificates or verification letters.  Employers and license or certificate holders can verify renewal on the verification website.  Please note that it can take up to 10 business days after approval of the license or certificate for the information to appear on the verification website.

A screen print of your verification page can be used as proof of licensure or certification for employment purposes for 90 days after the date of approval or until you receive a paper copy of your license or certificate. The screen print must be attached to your expired license or certificate.    

 
 
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