The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has been utilizing the BreEze online licensing and enforcement system for quite some time. They are planning to transition more of the state Boards and Bureaus to this system.
In the past, my law firm has always encouraged all those who have a state license to submit their renewals as early as 8 to 12 weeks in advance of the expiration date as there can be delays in the processing by the respective California Board or Bureau.
The DCA has recently acknowledged they will have to shut down the system for a brief period of time due to their planned transition noted above and, therefore is currently recommending everyone take this into consideration in filing an initial application for a professional or occupational license, a renewal of an existing license, as well as changes to one’s address of record and/or a change of one’s legal name.
No one should risk not having proof of licensure when they perform their work as that could result in practicing without a license, which can be charged as a misdemeanor crime.