How to Opt Out from California Licensing in 2021

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California Licensing is a license verification web-based service for professionals in the State of California. The website has records of over 1 million professionals licensed in California. Individuals can use their mobile phones, computers, and other devices to verify a license, find a provider, check renewal details, and write reviews on the website. Though California Licensing is not affiliated with California and its licensing agencies, it sources information from official government records, and in some cases, other private sources.

Interested persons can search for records on California Licensing with a name or find the record through the “browse” page. California Licensing records are updated every 2 to 4 weeks Licenses can be viewed category-wise:

  • Expired
  • Forfeited
  • Clear
  • Delinquent
  • Retired
  • Renewed
  • Active
  • Licensed

These records are further segregated by location, for instance: Santa Rosa, Long Beach, Oakland, Fresno, etc. This allows users to find license holders in California by address rather than name.

California Licensing does not have a “Privacy Policy.” As such, there is no information on the type of data it collects from visitors. However, it may collect browsing and usage information to tailor user experiences. Typically, websites offering search services like California Licensing collect search histories, IP addresses, browser and computer types, usage patterns, and more through cookies and web beacons. These websites may also share information with third-party advertisers and vendors. Though California Licensing does not offer a way to opt-out of these collections or prevent the company from selling data, individuals can protect themselves by modifying their browser settings to reject cookies or to, at least, require notification before such data is stored.

Users of California Licensing who find their records on the website can also opt-out and have their records removed from the site. However, California Licensing does not encourage users to withdraw their records from the service as, according to the site, “doing so will prevent others from verifying your license.”

How to Opt-Out of California Licensing

Opting out of California Licensing can be done by email. This is the only channel available to users who want to have their records removed from the service. Interested individuals can achieve this using the steps outlined below:

  1. Search for the listing on the website.
  2. Copy the URL of the record.
  3. Retrieve the ID of the listing from the bottom right corner of the license page.
  4. Send an email to with the URL link of the record and ID of the listing to request removal.

California Licensing is a free website that everyone can access. Therefore, there is no charge to remove a listing from the site. Also, users do not have to log in or create an account to use the service or delete a license record. Although anyone can request to delete a record, it is not evident from the website how long it will take for the record to be removed.

What Difficulties Exist when Opting Out of California Licensing

California Licensing offers a simple method to erase a record from its site using the steps mentioned above. However, California Licensing does not state how long it takes the company to process an opt-out request. Therefore, it may be possible to still see a record on the website, even after requesting removal. To ensure a listing has been removed, individuals can search the website again to check if the record is still available. Before searching, users are advised to refresh their browser histories to prevent entries that have been removed from showing up again. For any issues experienced during or after the opt-out process, individuals can contact California Licensing by email at

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