How to get your California Gaming License / Permit to Work in casino

As you may have gathered by now, working in a gaming establishment generally requires the applicant to have a valid work permit to do so. In most places called a "gaming license" in California it is called a "Work Permit" - to do this you must first fill out the Initial Regular Work Permit / Temporary Work Permit application, found here. It is vital to realize that leaving out information on purpose or lying on this form is against the law and you will be committing perjury. You will never be approved if you do. So be honest about your past and do not omit anything!

For a regular work permit for gaming positions, you must:

  • Fill out Part I, III and IV of the Initial Regular Work Permit / Temp. Work Permit application.
  • Fill out the Work Permit Questionaire: click here
  • Complete the authorization to release information: click here
  • You must obtain a 2x2 passport sized color photograph of your head that is less than 30 days old.
  • Provide a copy of your valid California drivers license or state issued ID card.
  • If you are a naturalized citizen, you must provide a photocopy of Certificate of Naturalization
  • If you are a resident alien, provide photocopy of both sides of your resident alien card.
  • Submit an application fee of $250. Should be paid via check written out to the Bureau of Gambling Control. This is in addition to the fee paid to the Live Scan provider who will process your fingerprints.
  • You must submit your fingerprints for processing. You do this by first filling out the Request for Live Scan Service form. After you fill out the form, you need to call the Live Scan facility to make an appointment and processing your payment for the service (this is NOT included in the $250 fee mentioned above.



  • Temporary permits do all of the above AND complete the following:

  • Fill out part II of the Initial Regular Work Permit / Temp. Work Permit application.
  • Provide a SECOND 2x2 inch passport style photo like the one mentioned above
  • Pay an additional, non-refundable $25 application fee also made out the Bureau of Gambling Control.


    Note from the oag.ca.gov website: If the applicant does not submit all of the required documents for a temporary or regular work permit, the application is considered incomplete and will be returned to the applicant within 5 days of its receipt. In a cover letter, the Bureau will state why the application is incomplete and what documents or information will be required if the application is resubmitted. The application will not be sent for investigation until it is complete and includes all the required information as stated above.