When it comes to shorthand designations customarily applied to California’s myriad regulatory bodies overseeing professional licensing, the acronyms are sufficient to conjure up alphabet soup.
DOI. DRE. DSS. FINRA. The list goes on.
And it signifies this: If you’ve got a professional license (regardless of work sphere), it’s likely closely controlled by some state agency. Here are just some examples:
- Department of Insurance – regulates insurance professionals and companies across the state
- Department of Real Estate – oversight of realtors, brokers, mortgage lenders, loan modification companies and more
- Department of Social Services – authority over licensees like day care operators and senior care providers
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority – entity with oversight of money advisers, brokerage companies, CPAs and other industry principals
That bullet list covers a lot of ground, but it is hardly comprehensive. Two of the state’s biggest regulatory arms – the State Bar and the Medical Board – command plenary authority over hundreds of thousands of additionally licensed professionals employed in the legal and health care fields, respectively.
The bottom-line concerning that sheer degree of occupational scrutiny is this: It is marked by considerable discretion and power, with agency examiners/boards often compelling California professionals to appear at hearings and defend themselves against varied license challenges.
They don’t have to do so alone. In fact, they can enlist timely and proactive help from a license-defense legal team with proven acumen in safeguarding the licenses and careers of California professionals all across the state.
When your career is on the line, there is much you can do to protect it.