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​Packaging & Labeling:

Packaging Checklist (PDF) 

Labeling Checklist - Cannabis Products (PDF)

Labeling Checklist - Cannabis Products with Small Containers (PDF)

Packaging and Labeling FAQs

​Tools for Licensees:

California Universal Symbol (JPG)

California Universal Symbol (PNG)

California Universal Symbol (PDF)

Sample Sales Receipt (PDF) – for documenting transfers of cannabis and cannabis products

Surety Bond Form (PDF) - for insurance agents wishing to issue surety bonds for cannabis manufacturers

​Annual License Application:

Annual License Application Checklist (PDF)

Annual License Application – Guide to Required Documents (PDF)

MCLS Helpful Hints



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

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

Sample Property Owner's Consent Form (PDF)

Surety Bond Form (PDF)

​State Requirements for Cannabis Manufacturers:

MCSB Emergency Regulations (PDF)

MCSB Emergency Regulations Fact Sheet (PDF)

California Business and Professions Code – Division 10. Cannabis

​Other State Cannabis Licenses:

For more information about licensing for cannabis retailers, distributors, testing laboratories or microbusinesses, visit the Bureau of Cannabis Control's website.

For more information about licensing for cannabis cultivators, visit CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing's website.


All licensees operating in the commercial cannabis market must participate in tracking cannabis as it moves through the supply chain – from seed to sale. CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, will run the state's Track-and-Trace system.

Cannabis manufacturers will receive a login to this system when they receive their annual license. Until then, the movement of cannabis can be tracked using sales receipts, like the sample listed below.

If you have any questions about Track-and-Trace, contact CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing.

​Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses:

All commercial cannabis manufacturers are required to register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) [LINK] for a seller's permit, or receive a letter from CDTFA confirming that they do not need one. CDTFA has developed a tax guide for cannabis businesses with information about cannabis taxes, how to register for a seller's permit, and videos explaining tax payment.


The California Secretary of State's Cannabizfile website provides information about business registration, registrations of trademarks or service marks, and instructions for changing business structure.


*If you are having difficulty accessing any of these documents on this page, please contact CDPH at to request this information in an alternate format.

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