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California Cannabis Distributors

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a Distributor Transport Only (Type 13) licensee transport cannabis goods to a licensed retailer?

No, a Type 13 Distributor licensee cannot transport cannabis goods to a licensed retailer. However, they can transport for immature live plants and seeds from a licensed nursery.

What are the key requirements of Distributors?

  • CDTFA seller's permit
  • Alarm system must be on transport vehicles
  • If they are clearly identified, Medicinal and Adult-use cannabis goods can be transported together
  • Shipping manifest prior to transport must be created

What different types of Distributor Licenses are there?

Distributor (Type 11) and Distributor Transport Only (Type 13)

Who can transport cannabis goods?

Only a distributor can transport cannabis goods.

What are the responsibilities of a cannabis Distributor (type 11)?

  • Transporting cannabis goods
  • arranging for laboratory testing of cannabis goods
  • conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods
  • ensuring goods comply with all packaging and labeling requirements.
  • Storage of cannabis goods

Who can a cannabis Distributor Transport Only (Type 13) transport to?

A distributor can transport cannabis goods to the following parties:
  • licensed cultivators
  • licensed manufacturers
  • licensed distributors

Can a Distributor Transport Only (Type 13) licensee engage in any other distributor activities?

No, a licensee cannot engage in any other distributor activities.

State Authority & Contact:

Bureau of Cannabis Control (CA Department of Consumer Affairs)
PO Box 419016, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9106
Phone: 1-833-768-5880

Scope of Licenses:

  • A-Type 11 (Adult-Use Recreational Distributor)
  • A-Type 13 (Adult-Use Recreational Distributor Transport Only)
  • M-Type 11 (Medicinal Non-Storefront Distributor)
  • M-Type 13 (Medicinal Distributor Transport Only)


  • Evidence of legal right to occupy and use the proposed premises location.
  • Premises Diagram Form
  • Business formation documents, including all documents filed with the CA Secretary of State (SOS). Foreign corporations must include a copy of the Certificate of Qualification from the SOS.
  • Evidence of premises compliance with local jurisdiction, if applicable.
  • Labor peace agreement or notarized statement indicating that you will enter into and abide by the terms of a labor peace agreement, if applicable.
  • Limited sovereign immunity waiver, if applicable.
  • Evidence of exemption from, or compliance with, the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Proof of commercial general liability insurance in the aggregate of no less than $2 million and no less than $1 million for each loss.
  • Financial Information Form
  • Proof of surety bond in the amount of $5,000, payable to the State of California.
  • Transportation procedures
  • Inventory procedures
  • Quality control procedures
  • Security procedures
  • Evidence of compliance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and its implementing laws before September 1, 2016, if applicable.

Licensing Fees:

  • $1,200: Revenue Up to $500,000
  • $5,000: Revenue between $2 million to $8 million
  • $36,000: Revenue between $8 million to $80 million
  • $125,000: Revenue greater than $8 million
Distributor Transport Only Self-Distribution
  • $500: Revenue Up to $2 million
  • $2,000: Revenue between $2 million to $8 million
Distributor Transport Only
  • $800: Revenue Up to $2 million
  • $2,500: Revenue between $2 million to $8 million



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