California State Board of Pharmacy


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Contact Information

Physical address:
1625 N Market Blvd
N219
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: 916-518-3100
Fax: 916-574-8618

Web: Home Name search Forms
Email: virginia.herold@dca.ca.gov

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the California State Board of Pharmacy in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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California Advanced Practice Pharmacist License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Advanced Practice Pharmacist Application

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Automated Patient Dispensing System License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Due:

Annually

California Centralized Hospital Packaging Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

California Clinic License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Clinic License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Clinic Application

Agency Fee:

$331

Due:

Annually

The board performs a thorough investigation of every application for a pharmacy license, which includes collecting all ownership and financial information, criminal background checks for beneficial owners and individuals with management and control, thorough documentation of all owners (whether or not they actively participate in the pharmacy’s daily activities), etc.  Every pharmacy must have a pharmacist-in-charge who is responsible for the day to day operations (Business and Professions Code section 4054).

A nonresident pharmacy that ships, mails or delivers prescription medications to California residents must hold a current and valid license in the resident state, and also hold a nonresident pharmacy license issued by the board. The pharmacy must maintain an 800 number for consumer access to a pharmacist, must comply with patient-centered prescription labeling requirements (to include interpreter services and translation of directions of use, as specified), and the pharmacy must comply with requirements to report to CURES.

A pharmacist practicing in a nonresident pharmacy is NOT required to hold a California pharmacist license.  The nonresident pharmacy must have a pharmacist-in-charge who is responsible for ensuring that the pharmacy complies with all California requirements for medications dispensed or shipped to California patients.

California Community Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Turnaround:

Minimum 45 days

Notes:
  • The board will ONLY discuss the status of this application with the person identified as the contact person and any person who has signed the application as an officer, partner, member, and/or owner of the applicant business.
  • Any application not completed within 60 days after being notified by the board of deficiencies may be deemed to have been abandoned, and the applicant may be required to file a new application and meet all the requirements which are in effect at the time of application. Fees applied to the application are not transferable and are not refundable.
  • The Board may request additional documentation to confirm or substantiate the information in the application.
  • This license requires different attachments, depending on the type of ownership. See specific guidelines for these classifications on the application form:
    • C1 Individually Owned
    • C2 Partnership
    • C3 Corporation (Not Publicly Traded)
    • C4 Publicly Traded Corporation
    • C5 Limited Liability Company
    • C6 Trust
    • C7 Government Owned (state, city, or county)
    • C8 Correctional Facilities (city or county-owned jail facilities)
    • C9 Native American Tribe
    • C10 Non-Native American Operating on Tribal Lands
  • California Business and Professions Code section 4035 specifies “person" includes, but is not limited to, a firm, association, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, state governmental agency, trust, or political subdivision.
    • California Business and Professions Code section 4201(a) requires that “… the application shall state the information as to each person beneficially interested therein or any person with management or control over the license.”
    • The application must provide information to identify the ownership of the applicant's business. This may include multiple levels of ownership. The Board may require additional documentation to confirm or substantiate the reported ownership structure.
Required Attachments:
  • Organizational Chart
    • Include a business ownership organizational chart that clearly documents the applicant’s business ownership structure. Include each level of ownership with the corresponding percentage of ownership to the top tier, percentages owned by all parties, and list the top five executive officers under the appropriate entity.
  • Financial Affidavit in Support of Application (17A-2)
    • Complete and submit with original signatures.
    • Note: Not needed for a nonprofit organization, government, or tribal-owned.
  • Approved Wholesale Credit Application or Wholesale Agreement
    • Submit a completed approved wholesale credit application/agreement.
    • Note: Not needed for a nonprofit organization, government, or tribal-owned.
  • Lease Agreement/Grant Deed
    • Submit a copy of the signed lease agreement, including any amendments and/or extensions, or a copy of the grant deed.
    • A lease agreement should include language stating the landlord is complying with California Business and Professions Code section 4116 and Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1714(d). If the lease does not include specific language regarding compliance with Pharmacy Law, please provide a written statement signed by both the landlord and tenant, that includes the following to demonstrate the landlord acknowledges California Pharmacy Law pertaining to is authorized to access the pharmacy. (Government-owned facilities, please submit a signed statement as described.)
      • 1. No person shall be permitted entry into a premise licensed by the Board of Pharmacy unless a registered pharmacist is present at all times pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 4116;
      • 2. Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1714(d) provides that only a licensed pharmacist may have a key to an area where dangerous drugs and controlled substances are stored;
      • 3. No lease for a licensed premises may contain a provision inconsistent with Business and Professions Code section 4116 or Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1714(d); and
      • 4. The landlord and tenant desire to clarify the lease with respect to Landlord’s ability to access
        the premises.
  • Ownership information 
    • As outlined in Section C of the application
  • Fingerprints
    • Each person who is required to complete a Certification of Personnel (as instructed in Section C) is required to complete the Live Scan or submit the Board-approved fingerprint cards for a criminal background check with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
    • If a person is currently associated with an active pharmacy license and has electronic fingerprints on file with the California State Board of Pharmacy, new fingerprints may not be required.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Pharmacy/Nonresident Pharmacy

Agency Fee:

$671

Due:

Annually

California Correctional Clinic License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Correctional Clinic License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$331

Due:

Annually

California Designated Paramedic License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Paramedic License Application

Agency Fee:

$140

California Designated Representative - 3PL License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Designated Representative-3PL Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative - 3PL License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Designated Representative - Reverse Distributor License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Designated Representative - Veterinary Food-Animal Drug Retailer License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Designated Representative - Wholesaler/Non-Resident Wholesaler License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Form:

Designated Representative License Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$215

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Emergency Medical Services Automated Drug Delivery System License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually

California Hospital In-Patient Sterile Compounding Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

California Hospital Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Hospital Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of a Hospital/Drug Room

Agency Fee:

$671

Due:

Annually

California Hospital Satellite Compounding Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Hospital Satellite Compounding Pharmacy Application

Agency Fee:

$1,645

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$1,325

Due:

Annually

California Hypodermic Needle and Syringe License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Hypodermic Needle & Syringe Permit

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually

California Intern Pharmacist License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Intern Pharmacist Application

Agency Fee:

$165

Registration Renewal

Form:

Intern License Extension Request

Agency Fee:

$165

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Nonresident Outsourcing Facility License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Nonresident Outsourcing Facility License

Agency Fee:

$2,270

Due:

Annually

California Nonresident Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Nonresident Pharmacy License Application

Agency Fee:

$520

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Pharmacy/Nonresident Pharmacy

Agency Fee:

$671

Due:

Annually

California Nonresident Pharmacy Sterile Compounding License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

California Nonresident Third-Party Logistics Provider License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

California Nonresident Wholesaler License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Nonresident Wholesaler License Application

Agency Fee:

$780

California Outsourcing Facility License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Outsourcing Facility License Application

Agency Fee:

$2,270

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Outsourcing Facility License

Agency Fee:

$1,325

Due:

Annually

California Pharmacist License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacist Examination for Licensure Application

Agency Fee:

$260

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$372, $360 renewal fee, $12 CURES fee for an active license

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

California Pharmacy Technician License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Pharmacy Technician Application

Agency Fee:

$140

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially the final day of the month that it was issued

California Sterile Compounding Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Sterile Compounding License Application

Agency Fee:

$1,645

California Temporary Community Pharmacy/Nonresident Pharmacy License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

Temporary License Application

Agency Fee:

$325 license fee + $520 processing fee.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Temporary licenses are valid for 90 days and cannot be renewed.

California Third-Party Logistics Provider License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

California Veterinary Food - Animal Drug Retailer License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Registration Renewal

Form:

Request for Renewal of Veterinary Food-Animal Drug Retailer Permit

Agency Fee:

$330

Due:

Annually

California Wholesaler License

Agency:California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Registration

Form:

California Wholesaler License Application

Agency Fee:

$780

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