2007 California Vehicle Code Chapter 3.5. Lessor-retailers

CA Codes (veh:11600-11620)

VEHICLE CODE

SECTION 11600-11620




11600.  It shall be unlawful for any lessor-retailer to make a
retail sale of a vehicle of a type subject to registration without
having first procured either a vehicle dealer license or a
lessor-retailer license or temporary permit issued by the department
or when such license or temporary permit issued by the department has
been canceled, suspended, revoked, or invalidated or has expired.



11601.  (a) Every lessor-retailer who sells at retail a vehicle of a
type subject to registration shall make application to the
department for a license.  The applicant shall submit proof of his
status as a bona fide lessor-retailer as may reasonably be required
by the department.
   (b) An application shall be made for the principal place of
business, and a separate branch office application shall be made for
each branch office location of the licensee as shall be operated and
maintained by the applicant in conjunction with the retail sale or
sales of vehicles.
   (c) "Principal place of business," for the purposes of this
chapter, means the place designated by the lessor-retailer as the
main business or office location in California whether or not retail
sales are made from such location.



11602.  (a) The department shall prescribe and provide forms to be
used for application for licenses to be issued under the terms and
provisions of this chapter and require of such applicants, where
appropriate as a condition precedent to issuance of such license,
such information, including but not limited to, fingerprints and
personal history statements, touching on and concerning the applicant'
s character, honesty, integrity and reputation as it may consider
necessary; provided, however, that every application for a
lessor-retailer license shall contain, in addition to such
information that the department may require, a statement of the
following facts:
   (1) The name and residence address of the applicant and the trade
name, if any, under which he intends to conduct his business; and if
the applicant be a partnership, the name and residence address of
each member thereof, whether a limited or general partner, and the
name under which the partnership business is to be conducted; and if
the applicant be a corporation, the name of the corporation and the
name and address of each of its principal officers and directors.
   (2) A complete description, including the city, town or village
with the street and number, if any, of its principal place of
business in California and such other and additional branch location
or locations.
   (b) Upon receipt of an application accompanied with the
appropriate fee, the department shall make a thorough investigation
of the information contained in the application.



11603.  (a) The department may issue, or for reasonable cause shown,
refuse to issue, a license to any applicant applying for a
lessor-retailer license or branch office location.
   (b) The license shall contain the applicant's name, location
address and the general distinguishing number assigned to the
applicant.


11604.  The department may refuse to issue a lessor-retailer license
when it makes any of the following determinations:
   (a) The applicant has outstanding an unsatisfied final court
judgment rendered in connection with an activity licensed under the
authority of this division.
   (b) The applicant was previously the holder, or a managerial
employee of the holder, of a license issued under this division which
was revoked for cause and never reissued by the department, or which
was suspended for cause and the terms of suspension have not been
fulfilled.
   (c) The applicant was previously a business representative whose
license issued under this division was revoked for cause and never
reissued or was suspended for cause and the terms of suspension have
not been fulfilled.
   (d) If the applicant is a business, a business representative was
previously the holder of a license, or was a business representative
of a business whose license, issued under this division, was revoked
for cause and never reissued or was suspended for cause and the terms
of suspension have not been fulfilled; or, by reason of the facts
and circumstances related to the organization, control, and
management of the business, the operation of that business will be
directed, controlled, or managed by individuals who, by reason of
their conviction of violations of this code, would be ineligible for
a license and, by licensing that business, the purposes of this
chapter would be defeated.
   (e) The applicant, or a business representative if the applicant
is a business, has been convicted of a crime or committed any act or
engaged in conduct involving moral turpitude which is substantially
related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the licensed
activity. A conviction after a plea of nolo contendere is a
conviction within the meaning of this section.
   (f) The applicant was previously the holder of an occupational
license issued by another state, authorizing the same or similar
activities of a license issued under this division; and that license
was revoked or suspended for cause and was never reissued, or was
suspended for cause, and the terms of suspension have not been
fulfilled.
   (g) The information contained in the application is incorrect.
   (h) A decision of the department to cancel, suspend, or revoke a
license has been made, and the applicant was a business
representative of the business regulated under that license.
   (i) The applicant does not have a principal place of business in
California.
   (j) The applicant has failed to pay the full amount of a claim
paid by the Consumer Motor Vehicle Recovery Corporation, plus
interest at the rate of 10 percent per annum, as described in
subdivision (i) of Section 11703.



11604.1.  Any cause specified in this chapter as a cause to suspend
or revoke the license issued to a lessor-retailer is a cause to
refuse to issue a license to a lessor-retailer.



11604.5.  (a) The department, after notice and hearing, on an
interim basis, may refuse to issue or may suspend a license issued
under this chapter when the applicant or licensee, or a business
representative if the applicant or licensee is a business, has been
convicted of a crime  involving moral turpitude which is
substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of
the licensed activity, if an appeal of the conviction is pending or
the conviction has otherwise not become final.  A conviction after a
plea of nolo contendere is a conviction within the meaning of this
section.
   (b) When a conviction, upon which an interim refusal to issue or
suspension under subdivision (a) is based, is affirmed on appeal or
otherwise becomes final, the refusal to issue or suspension shall
automatically take effect as a denial or revocation, as the case may
be, of the license.  If the interim refusal to issue or suspension
was stayed under probationary terms and conditions, the subsequent
automatic denial or revocation shall also be stayed under the same
terms and conditions for a term not to exceed the original term of
probation for the interim refusal to issue or suspension.
   (c) If a conviction, upon which an interim refusal to issue or
suspension under subdivision (a) is based, is reversed on appeal, the
refusal or suspension shall be set aside immediately by the
department.


11605.  (a) Upon refusal of the department to issue a license to a
lessor-retailer, the applicant shall be entitled to demand in writing
a hearing before the director or his representative within 60 days
after notice of refusal.
   (b) The hearing shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of
Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of
Title 2 of the Government Code.



11606.  Except where the provisions of this code require the refusal
to issue a license, the department may issue a probationary license
subject to conditions to be observed by the licensee in the exercise
of the privilege granted.  The conditions to be attached to the
exercise of the privilege shall not appear on the face of the license
but shall be such as may, in the judgment of the department, be in
the public interest and suitable to the qualifications of the
applicant as disclosed by the application and investigation by the
department of the information contained therein.



11607.  Pending the satisfaction of the department that the
applicant has met the requirements under this chapter, it may issue a
temporary permit to any person applying for a lessor-retailer
license or branch office location.  The temporary permit shall permit
the operation by the lessor-retailer while the department is
completing its investigation and determination of all facts relative
to the qualifications of the applicant to such license.  The
department amy cancel such temporary permit when it has determined or
has reasonable cause to believe that the application is incorrect or
incomplete or the temporary permit was issued in error.  Such
temporary permit shall be invalid when canceled or when the applicant'
s license has been issued or refused.



11608.  The department may issue a certificate of convenience to the
executor, executrix, administrator or administratrix of the estate
of a deceased holder of a valid license issued under this chapter, or
if no executor, executrix, administrator or administratrix has been
appointed, and until a certified copy of an order making such
appointment is filed with the department, to the widow or other heir
otherwise entitled to conduct the business of the deceased,
permitting such person to exercise the privileges granted by such
license for a period of one year from and after the date of death and
necessary one-year renewals thereafter, pending, but not later than,
disposal of the business and qualification of the vendee of the
business or such surviving widow, heir or other persons for such
license under the provisions of this chapter.  The department may
restrict or condition the license and attach to the exercise of the
privileges thereunder such terms and conditions as in its judgment
the protection of the public requires.


11609.  Each office location operated and maintained by a
lessor-retailer in conjunction with its retail sale of a vehicle or
vehicles shall have posted in a place conspicuous to the public the
license issued by the department to the lessor, and shall have
erected or posted thereon such signs or devices providing information
relating to the lessor-retailer's name, the office location and the
office address, to enable any person doing business with such lessor
to identify him properly.



11609.5.  Every lessor-retailer who displays or offers one or more
used vehicles for sale at retail shall post a notice not less than 8
inches high and 10 inches wide, in a place conspicuous to the public,
which states the following:
   "The prospective purchaser of a vehicle may, at his or her own
expense and with the approval of the lessor-retailer, have the
vehicle inspected by an independent third party either on or off
these premises."



11610.  (a)  If the lessor-retailer changes the location of its
principal place of business or any branch office location in
California, the lessor-retailer shall immediately upon making the
change notify the department.
   (b)  If a lessor-retailer, for any reason, ceases to be in
possession of its principal place of business or any branch office
location, the lessor-retailer shall immediately notify the
department, and shall deliver to the department the lessor-retailer
license issued for the location, and, upon demand, all report of sale
books in his or her possession.
   (c) Any person licensed under this chapter who has closed his or
her principal place of business may be served with process issued
pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of
Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code by registered mail at
that place of business, unless the person has notified the department
in writing of another address where service may be made.




11612.  (a) Before any lessor-retailer license shall be issued or
renewed by the department to any applicant therefor, the applicant
shall procure and file with the department a bond meeting the same
requirements as specified for a vehicle dealer's license in Sections
11710 and 11710.2.
   (b) Any cause of action or claim specified in Section 11711
against a vehicle dealer's bond shall also be a cause of action or
claim against a lessor-retailer's bond.



11613.  (a) The department, after notice and hearing, may suspend or
revoke the license issued to a lessor-retailer upon determining that
the person to whom the license was issued is not lawfully entitled
thereto, or has done any of the following:
   (1) Filed an application for the license using a false or
fictitious name not registered with the proper authorities, or
knowingly made any false statement or knowingly concealed any
material fact, in the application for the license.
   (2) Used a false or fictitious name, knowingly made any false
statement or knowingly concealed any material fact in any application
for the registration of a vehicle, or otherwise committed a fraud in
the application.
   (3) Knowingly purchased, sold, or otherwise acquired or disposed
of a stolen motor vehicle.
   (4) Violated any provision of Division 3 (commencing with Section
4000) or rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto.
   (5) Violated any provision of Division 4 (commencing with Section
10500) or rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto.
   (6) Violated any provision of this chapter or rule or regulation
adopted pursuant thereto.
   (7) Violated any provision of Chapter 2b (commencing with Section
2981) of Title 14 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code or rule
or regulation adopted pursuant thereto under the authority of Section
1651.
   (8) Submitted a check, draft, or money order to the department for
any obligation or fee due the state which was thereafter dishonored
or refused payment upon presentation.
   (9) Caused any person to suffer any loss or damage by reason of
any fraud or deceit practiced on, or fraudulent representations made
to, that person in the sale of a vehicle or parts or accessories
thereof.
   For purposes of this subdivision, "fraud" includes any act or
omission which is included within the definition of either "actual
fraud" or "constructive fraud" as defined in Sections 1572 and 1573
of the Civil Code, and "deceit" has the same meaning as defined in
Section 1710 of the Civil Code.  In addition, "fraud" and "deceit"
include, but are not limited to, a misrepresentation in any manner,
whether intentionally false or due to gross negligence, of a material
fact; a promise or representation not made honestly and in good
faith; an intentional failure to disclose a material fact; and any
act within Section 484 of the Penal Code.
   For purposes of this subdivision, "person" also includes a
governmental entity.
   (b) Any of the causes specified in this chapter as a cause for
refusal to issue a license to a lessor-retailer applicant is cause to
suspend or revoke a license issued to a lessor-retailer.
   (c) Every hearing provided for in this section shall be conducted
pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of
Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



11613.5.  (a) After the filing of an accusation under this chapter,
the director may enter into a stipulated compromise settlement
agreement with the consent of the licensee on terms and conditions
mutually agreeable to the director, the  respondent licensee, and the
accuser without further hearing or appeal.  The agreement may
include, but is not limited to, a period of probation or monetary
penalties, or both.  The monetary penalty shall not exceed one
thousand dollars (,000) for each violation, and it shall be based
on the nature of the violation and the effect of the violation on the
purposes of this chapter.
   (b) A compromise settlement agreement may be entered before,
during, or after  the hearing, but is valid only if executed and
filed pursuant to subdivision (d) before the proposed decision of the
hearing officer, if any, is adopted or the case is decided.
   (c) The department shall adopt, by regulation, a schedule of
maximum and minimum amounts of monetary penalties, the payment of
which may be included as a term or condition of a compromise
settlement agreement entered under subdivision (a).  Any monetary
penalty included in a compromise settlement agreement shall be within
the range of monetary penalties in that schedule.
   (d) Any compromise settlement agreement entered under this section
shall be signed by the director, the respondent licensee, and the
accuser, or by their authorized representatives.  The director shall
file, or cause to be filed, the agreement with the Office of
Administrative Hearings, together with the department's notice of
withdrawal of the accusation or statement of issues upon which the
action was initiated.
   (e) If the respondent licensee fails to perform all of the terms
and conditions of the compromise settlement agreement, the agreement
is void and the department may take any action authorized by law
notwithstanding the agreement, including, but not limited to,
refiling the accusation or imposing license sanctions.




11614.  No lessor-retailer licensed under this chapter may do any of
the following in connection with any activity for which this license
is required:
   (a) Make or disseminate, or cause to be made or disseminated,
before the public in this state, in any newspaper or other
publication, or any advertising device, or by oral representation, or
in any other manner or means whatever, any statement that is untrue
or misleading and that is known, or which by the exercise of
reasonable care should be known, to be untrue or misleading; or make
or disseminate, or cause to be made or disseminated, any statement as
part of a plan or scheme with the intent not to sell any vehicle, or
service so advertised, at the price stated therein, or as so
advertised.
   (b) Advertise, or offer for sale in any manner, any vehicle not
actually for sale at the premises of the lessor-retailer or available
within a reasonable time to the lessor-retailer at the time of the
advertisement or offer.
   (c) Fail within 48 hours to give, in writing, notification to
withdraw any advertisement of a vehicle that has been sold or
withdrawn from sale.
   (d) Advertise any specific vehicle for sale without identifying
the vehicle by its model, model year, and either its license number
or that portion of the vehicle identification number that
distinguishes the vehicle from all other vehicles of the same make,
model, and model-year.  Model-year is not required to be advertised
for current model-year vehicles.  Year models are no longer current
when ensuing year models are available for purchase at retail in
California.
   (e) Advertise the total price of a vehicle without including all
costs to the purchaser at the time of delivery at the lessor-retailer'
s premises, except sales tax, vehicle registration fees, finance
charges, certificate of compliance or noncompliance fees not
exceeding thirty-five dollars () pursuant to any statute, and any
dealer documentary preparation charge.  The dealer documentary charge
shall not exceed thirty-five dollars ().
   (f) (1) Fail to disclose, in an advertisement of a vehicle for
sale, that there will be added to the advertised total price, at the
time of sale, charges for sales tax, vehicle registration fees, the
fee charged by the state for the issuance of any certificate of
compliance or noncompliance pursuant to any statute, finance charges,
or any dealer documentary preparation charge.
   (2) For purposes of paragraph (1), "advertisement" means any
advertisement in a newspaper, magazine, direct mail publication, or
handbill that is two or more columns in width or one column in width
and more than seven inches in length, or on any Web page of a
lessor-retailer's Web site that displays the price of a vehicle
offered for sale on the Internet, as that term is defined in
paragraph (6) of subdivision (e) of Section 17538 of the Business and
Professions Code.
   (g) Advertise or otherwise represent, or knowingly allow to be
advertised or represented on the lessor-retailer's behalf or at the
lessor-retailer's place of business, that no downpayment is required
in connection with the sale of a vehicle when a downpayment is in
fact required and the buyer is advised or induced to finance the
downpayment by a loan in addition to any other loan financing the
remainder of the purchase price of the vehicle.  The terms "no
downpayment," "zero down delivers," or similar terms shall not be
advertised unless the vehicle will be sold to any qualified purchaser
without a prior payment of any kind or trade-in.
   (h) Refuse to sell a vehicle to any person at the advertised total
price, exclusive of sales tax, vehicle registration fees, finance
charges, certificate of compliance or noncompliance pursuant to any
statute, and any dealer documentary preparation charge, which charges
shall not exceed thirty-five dollars () for the documentary
preparation charge and thirty-five dollars () for the certificate
of compliance or noncompliance pursuant to any statute, while the
vehicle remains unsold or unleased, unless the advertisement states
the advertised total price is good only for a specified time and the
time has elapsed.
   (i) Engage in the business for which the licensee is licensed
without having in force and effect a bond required by Section 11612.

   (j) Engage in the business for which the lessor-retailer is
licensed without at all times maintaining a principal place of
business and any branch office location required by this chapter.
   (k) Permit the use of the lessor-retailer license, supplies, or
books by any other person for the purpose of permitting that person
to engage in the sale of vehicles required to be registered under
this code, or to permit the use of the lessor-retailer license,
supplies, or books to operate a branch office location to be used by
any other person, if, in either situation, the licensee has no
financial or equitable interest or investment in the vehicles sold
by, or the business of, or branch office location used by, the
person, or has no interest or investment other than commissions,
compensations, fees, or any other thing of value received for the use
of the lessor-retailer license, supplies, or books to engage in the
sale of vehicles.
   (l) Violate any provision of Article 10 (commencing with Section
28050) of Chapter 5 of Division 12.
   (m) Represent the dealer documentary preparation charge, or
certificate of compliance or noncompliance fee, as a governmental
fee.
   (n) Advertise free merchandise, gifts, or services provided by a
lessor-retailer contingent on the purchase of a vehicle.  "Free"
includes merchandise or services offered for sale at a price less
than the lessor-retailer's cost of the merchandise or services.
   (o) Advertise vehicles and related goods or services with the
intent not to supply reasonably expectable demand, unless the
advertisement discloses a limitation of quantity.
   (p) Use the term "rebate" or similar words such as "cash back" in
advertising the sale of a vehicle.
   (q) Require a person to pay a higher price for a vehicle and
related goods or services for receiving advertised credit terms than
the cash price the same person would have to pay to purchase the same
vehicle and related goods or services.  For the purpose of this
subdivision, "cash price" has the meaning as defined in subdivision
(e) of Section 2981 of the Civil Code.
   (r) Misrepresent the authority of a representative or agent to
negotiate the final terms of a transaction.
   (s) Violate any law prohibiting bait and switch advertising,
including, but not limited to, the guides against bait advertising
set forth in Part 238 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations,
as those regulations read on January 1, 1988.
   (t) Make any untrue or misleading statement indicating that a
vehicle is equipped with all the factory installed optional equipment
the manufacturer offers, including, but not limited to, a false
statement that a vehicle is "fully factory equipped."
   (u) Advertise any underselling claim, such as "we have the lowest
prices" or "we will beat any dealer's price," unless the
lessor-retailer has conducted a recent survey showing that the
lessor-retailer sells its vehicles at lower prices than any other
licensee in its trade area and maintains records to adequately
substantiate the claim.  The substantiating records shall be made
available to the department upon request.
   (v) To display or offer for sale any used vehicle unless there is
affixed to the vehicle the Federal Trade Commission's Buyer's Guide
as required by Part 455 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal
Regulations.
   (w) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2001.




11614.1.  No lessor-retailer licensed under this chapter may do any
of the following in connection with any activity for which this
license is required:
   (a) Use a picture in connection with any advertisement of the
price of a specific vehicle or class of vehicles, unless the picture
is of the year, make, and model being offered for sale.  The picture
may not depict a vehicle with optional equipment or a design not
actually offered at the advertised price.
   (b) Advertise a vehicle for sale that was used by the selling
lessor-retailer in its business as a demonstrator, executive vehicle,
service vehicle, rental, loaner, or lease vehicle, unless the
advertisement clearly and conspicuously discloses the previous use
made by that licensee of the vehicle.  An advertisement may not
describe any of those vehicles as "new."
   (c) Advertise any used vehicle of the current or prior model-year
without expressly disclosing the vehicle as "used," "previously
owned," or a similar term that indicates that the vehicle is used, as
defined in this code.
   (d) Use the terms "on approved credit" or "on credit approval" in
an advertisement for the sale of a vehicle unless those terms are
clearly and conspicuously disclosed and unabbreviated.
   (e) Advertise an amount described by terms such as "unpaid balance"
or "balance can be financed" unless the total sale price is clearly
and conspicuously disclosed and is in close proximity to the
advertised balance.
   (f) Advertise credit terms that fail to comply with the disclosure
requirements of Section 226.24 of Title 12 of the Code of Federal
Regulations.  Advertisements of terms that include escalated
payments, balloon payments, or deferred downpayments shall clearly
and conspicuously identify those payments as to amounts and time due.

   (g) Advertise claims such as "everyone financed," "no credit
rejected," or similar claims unless the dealer is willing to extend
credit to any person under any and all circumstances.
   (h) Advertise the amount of any downpayment unless it represents
the total payment required of a purchaser prior to delivery of the
vehicle, including any payment for sales tax or license.  A statement
such as "$____ delivers," is an example of an advertised
downpayment.
   (i) Fail to clearly and conspicuously disclose in an advertisement
for the sale of a vehicle any disclosure required by this code or
any qualifying term used in conjunction with advertised credit terms.
  Unless otherwise provided by statute, the specific size of
disclosures or qualifying terms is not prescribed.



11615.  It shall be unlawful and a violation of this code for a
lessor-retailer licensed under this chapter when selling at retail a
vehicle in a transaction for which this license is required:
   (a) To deliver, following sale, a vehicle for operation on
California highways, if such vehicle does not meet all of the
equipment requirements of Division 12 (commencing with Section 24000)
of this code.
   (b) To fail to deliver to a transferee lawfully entitled thereto a
properly endorsed certificate of ownership.
   (c) To violate any of the terms or provisions of Part 5
(commencing with Section 10701) of Division 2 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code or rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto or
adopted pursuant to Section 1651 of this code.
   (d) To take a vehicle in trade in part or total payment for a
vehicle sold by the lessor-retailer.
   (e) To sell a vehicle which has not been previously leased, bailed
or rented or acquired or contracted for lease or rental by the
lessor-retailer.
   (f) To display a vehicle for sale at a location other than the
principal place of business or branch office authorized by the
department for that lessor-retailer.



11615.5.  It is unlawful and a violation of this code for a person
holding a license under this chapter to make a retail sale of a motor
vehicle, except to the lessee of such vehicle, required to be
registered pursuant to Division 3 (commencing with Section 4000) or
subject to identification pursuant to Division 16.5 (commencing with
Section 38000) if such person files with the department a report of
sale as provided in Section 4456 with respect to such retail sale,
without making the return and payment of any sales tax due and
required by Section 6451 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.



11616.  If a purchaser of a vehicle pays to the lessor-retailer an
amount for the licensing or transfer of title of the vehicle, which
amount is in excess of the actual fees due for such licensing or
transfer, or which amount is in excess of the amount which has been
paid, prior to the sale, by the lessor-retailer to the state in order
to avoid penalties that would have accrued because of late payment
of such fees, the lessor-retailer shall return such excess amount to
the purchaser, whether or not such purchaser requests the return of
the excess amount.



11617.  (a) The license provided for in this chapter shall be
automatically canceled upon the happening of any of the following:
   (1) The abandonment of the principal place of business of the
lessor-retailer or the change thereof without notice to the
department as provided in Section 11610.
   (2) The failure of the licensee to maintain an adequate bond or to
procure and file another bond as required by Section 11612 prior to
the effective date of the termination by the surety of any existing
bond.
   (3) The voluntary or involuntary surrender for any cause by the
licensee of the license, except that a surrender of the license, or
cessation of business by the licensee, or the suspension or
revocation of the corporate status of the licensee, does not preclude
the filing of an accusation for revocation or suspension of the
surrendered license as provided in Section 11613, and does not affect
the department's decision to suspend or revoke the license.  The
department's determination to suspend or revoke the license may be
considered in issuing or refusing to issue any subsequent license
authorized by this division to that licensee or any business
representative of that licensee.
   (4) Notification to the department that the person designated as
licensee has changed.
   (5) The suspension or cancellation of the corporate status of the
licensee.
   (6) The suspension or revocation of the seller's permit of the
licensee by the State Board of Equalization.
   (b) The branch office location license provided for in this
chapter shall be automatically canceled upon the abandonment of the
branch office location of the  lessor-retailer or the change of that
branch office without notice to the department as provided in Section
11610.



11618.  The department may, pending a hearing, temporarily suspend
the license issued to a lessor-retailer for a period not to exceed 30
days, if the director finds that such action is required in the
public interest.  In any such case a hearing shall be held and a
decision thereon issued within 30 days after notice of the temporary
suspension.
   Every hearing as provided for in this section shall be pursuant to
the provisions of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part
1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



11620.  (a) Every occupational license issued under this chapter
shall be valid for a period of one year from midnight of the last day
of the month of issuance.  Except as provided in subdivision (c),
renewal of an occupational license for the ensuing year may be
obtained by the person to whom the occupational license was issued
upon application to the department and payment of the fee provided in
this code.
   (b) Every application for the renewal of an occupational license
which expires pursuant to this section shall be made by the person to
whom issued not more than 90 days prior to the expiration date, and
shall be made by presenting the completed application form provided
by the department and by payment of the full annual renewal fee for
the occupational license.
   (c) If the application for renewal of the occupational license is
not made by midnight of the expiration date, the application may be
made within 30 days following expiration of the license by paying the
annual renewal fee and a penalty fee equal to the amount of the
original application fee for each occupational license held.
   (d) In no event may the licensee renew the occupational license
after the expiration of the 30-day period authorized in subdivision
(c).

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