Regulations Update

Rehabilitation and Substantial Relationship Criteria

As required by Assembly Bill (AB) 2138 (Chiu, Chapter 995, Statutes of 2018), BAR has developed proposed regulations that seek to reduce barriers to licensure for individuals with prior criminal convictions, which may reduce recidivism, and provide economic opportunity to California residents. In addition, the proposal seeks to improve clarity, transparency, and consistency for applicants, registrants, and licensees in BAR’s use of criminal histories. Further, by reducing barriers to licensure, BAR anticipates benefits to consumers who may have greater access to licensed professionals.

The Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action was published in the Notice Register on February 21, 2020, initiating the public comment period.

Documents and additional information related to the proposal are available on the Regulatory Actions page at

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