The last several months have brought a variety of changes for professionals across California. From waived licensing requirements and renewal extensions for dentists and medical workers to ground-breaking professional licensing laws, California professionals are in a better position to obtain and maintain their occupational licenses. 

California Enacts AB-2138

On July 1, Assembly Bill 2138 was officially enacted and provides a stepping stone for California residents with criminal records. This bill changes how California licensing boards can decide to revoke, deny, or suspend the professional license of individuals with criminal convictions. Boards are now restricted on using convictions over 7 years as grounds for licensure denial and are limited on how they can use prior criminal history. Also, they can no longer deny a license for expunged or dismissed convictions and cannot require applicants to self-disclose prior convictions. Furthermore, they are only able to use “substantially related” convictions as evidence for denial, and they must publicly track and report all license data. 

This bill is predicted to help more California residents obtain their professional licenses. With the help of professional license defense attorneys, these applicants will finally be able to receive their professional certifications.

California Department of Consumer Affairs Extends License Renewals

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has also taken several steps in helping California professionals extend the term of their professional licenses and obtain their certifications more easily. The California Dental Board is postponing license renewals until December 1 for dentists that have renewal due in July or August. The board has also temporarily changed the requirements for new applicants.

California Dental Board Waives Licensure Requirements

Dental professionals who are applying for their California licenses and have had their graduations or clinical exams delayed now have additional time to complete their required examinations. Those professionals graduating from a California dental school may also use their passing scores from the WREB and ADEX manikin-based examinations to apply for their licensure.

As the year continues, we expect to see more licensing changes in all industries. No matter what field you specialize in, we are dedicated to protecting and helping unlock your professional license. Our team has over 20 years of experience helping California professionals face their licensing boards, petitions denials and reinstatement, and expunge or seal convictions from their records that are preventing them from obtaining their licenses. Our experienced license defense attorneys can help you get the best outcome possible.

If you fear your professional license is in jeopardy, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a quick, discreet, and confidential consultation. Know that with us, you are in great hands. Unlock Legal provides focused representation in criminal defense and license defense for California licensed professionals. 

Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at your convenience at 949-268-2857 to speak with a professional about your case and your unique needs. You’ll find we are compassionate, easy to talk to, and willing to help in any capacity we can. Losing your license doesn’t have to be the end of your career.

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