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License Renewal Instructions for California Clinical Laboratories

These license renewal instructions apply to clinical laboratories and facilities performing non-waived moderate and/or high complexity testing with state LAB IDs beginning with CLF, CLA, CLM, CDF, CDA, CDM.

Attention Licensed Clinical Laboratories & Facilities:

On September 28, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 658 into law. This bill temporarily suspends the annual renewal fee for clinical laboratory licenses from January 1, 2018, until January 1, 2020.

As of January 1, 2018, the annual renewal fee for clinical laboratory licenses will be suspended for two years. This means that if your laboratory renews its laboratory license on or after January 1, 2018, you do not need to pay a renewal fee. You still need to submit your renewal application, which LFS will process. You will be issued a renewed license for 2018 as usual.

  Please note that this fee suspension does NOT apply to clinical laboratory registration renewals, or to new clinical laboratory license or registration applications.

Renewal application packets must include ALL of the following:

Required Forms:

Original signatures and dates must be on all forms. Copies are not acceptable.

Forms can be accessed on the Laboratory Field Services (LFS) forms page.

LAB 144R (PDF) — Renewal Application for Clinical Laboratory License

LAB 116 (PDF) — Laboratory Personnel Report Form (this form should list all persons directing, supervising, performing testing, and releasing results of testing performed on specimens from California). If you submit a database printout, please fill out the top of the form and state that a list of personnel is attached.

LAB 167 (PDF) — Annual Test Volume of California Specimens (this form should also include the total volume of tests).

LAB 183 (PDF) — Director's Attestation (each director or co-director must file a separate attestation)

Required Fee:

Submit the non-refundable renewal application fee in the form of a check or money order. Credit card payments are not accepted. The amount of the fee is indicated on your annual renewal notice. Please write your state LAB ID (eg. XXX 123456) on your check or money order so that we can apply the payment to your file. Make the check or money order payable to: State of California, Department of Public Health. 

For a full list of clinical laboratory renewal application fees please refer to the Laboratory Field Services (LFS) fee schedule (PDF).

Please return the completed renewal packet and the fee to the address below:

California Department of Public Health
Laboratory Field Services
850 Marina Bay Parkway
Building P, 1st Floor
Richmond, CA 94804


For additional information or assistance you may email

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