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Laws and Regulations

The 2016 Laws and Regulations book is now available. The Laws and Regulations Booklet contains provisions from the California Business and Professions Code, Penal Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, Evidence Code, Civil Code, Family Code, Health and Safety Code, the Title 16, Division 13.1 of the California Code of Regulations relating to the profession regulated by the California Board of Psychology, the Board’s Disciplinary Guidelines and the American Psychological Associations Ethics Guidelines. The electronic version of the book is available at no charge, and can be found below. If you would like to request a hard copy of the book (associated fee applies), please visit this website.

2016 Laws and Regulations Booklet

Click here to view previous versions of the laws and regulations


A statute is a written law approved by the California Legislature and signed by the Governor. To create a new, or change an existing statute, a bill must first be created by a member of the California Legislature. The bill will contain the original language for the statute, or the language that is intended to be modified. These bills are oftentimes sponsored by an outside party, such as The Board of Psychology (Board), a professional association or another stakeholder interested in making the change. Once the bill is created, it must pass through multiple committees and the floor of both the California Senate and Assembly. After both houses agree, the bill is then sent to the Governor’s desk, to be signed into law or vetoed.

Legislative Advisories Effective January 1, 2016

AB 809 (Logue, Chapter 404, Statutes of 2014) – Telehealth: Summary of Changes

Notice to All Licensed Psychologists Re: AB 938 and New Supplemental Fee

  • Legislative Background - Training in Aging and Long-Term Care
  • Legislative Background - Training in Spousal/Partner Abuse
  • Legislative Background - $10 Supplemental Renewal Fee (Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund)

AB 1374 (Levine, Chapter 529, Statutes of 2015) - Attention Board of Psychology Stakeholders

AB 773 (Baker, Chapter 336, Statutes of 2015) – Board of Psychology: Licenses

AB 705 (Eggman, Chapter 218, Statutes of 2015) – Psychologists: Licensure Exemption

Position Letters 2016

Historical Position Letters

Previous letters archive



A regulation is a rule adopted by the Board which implements, interprets or makes specific the statutes in the Board’s Practice Act. A statute sets forth a general legal requirement, whereas a regulation makes the requirement more specific. For example, a statute can legally allow the Board to charge an application fee, but the regulation will set the amount of the fee. If there is a conflict between a statute and a regulation, the statute prevails.

Regulations are created through the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) through the Rulemaking process rather than the Legislature. Once proposed language has been developed by the Board, the Board must file a Notice of Proposed Changes with OAL and publicly notice the language for a hearing, allowing written comments to be submitted prior to the hearing and oral testimony to be provided at the hearing. Once all public comments are addressed and the language has been adopted by the Board, the Rulemaking File must be approved by multiple entities within the Department of Consumer Affairs, as well as by the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. If there is a fiscal or economic impact, the file must also be submitted to the Department of Finance for approval. Finally, the Rulemaking File is submitted to OAL for review. Once OAL approves the Rulemaking File, the new regulations are filed with the Secretary of State and become effective either January 1st or July 1st, whichever first occurs after the filing with the Secretary of State.

Regulation Advisories

new Filing of Addresses Regulation Advisory

Proposed Regulations

The Board's Regulation sections are contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 16 of Division 13, Articles 1-10. You can download the 2016 Laws and Regulations Booklet. The Board's Laws and Regulations Booklet contains sections of the California Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations. The publication also contains miscellaneous code sections from the California Health and Safety Code, the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the California Penal Code, the California Evidence Code, the California Civil Code the California Corporations Code and the California Family Code.

Verification of Experience and Supervision Agreement Forms Regulatory Proposal

Amends sections 1387 and 1387.1 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations

This proposal would modify the current requirements regarding the maintenance and submission of the Verification of Experience and Supervision Agreement Forms.

Filing of Addresses Regulatory Proposal
Amend section 1380.5 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

This proposal would require licensees to file and maintain with the Board his or her mailing address and an electronic mail address (if used).

Uniform Standards Related to Substance Abuse and Disciplinary Guidelines
Amends Sections 1397.12 and 1395.2 of Division 16 of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations, and the Board of Psychology Disciplinary Guidelines, revised February 2014, which are incorporated by reference.

This proposal sets forth amendments which incorporates the uniform standards for substance abusing licensees, into the existing Disciplinary Guidelines.

Finalized Regulations

Approved and Withdrawn Regulation Archive