Social Equity Program

Overview

Qualifications

Benefits

Verification

FREE Social Equity Program (SEP) Eligibility Verification Process

Per the instruction of the City Council, the Social Equity Program (SEP) Eligibility Verification Process is now OPEN and will stay open until Monday, July 29th.

Potential Social Equity Applicants MUST complete the SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification Process in order to be eligible to apply in Round 1, Round 2 and the Delivery Pilot in Phase 3.

DCR will process verification applications  as they are received and provide eligibility determinations to applicants as soon as possible. It will treat all applications submitted between now and July 29th the same and applicants will not receive any special priority for Phase 3 processing based upon when they submitted a verification application. Most importantly, you do not have to pay any fees to DCR to apply to be verified - DCR will review your application free of charge.

FREE Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Application Clinics

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) is pleased to announce that DCR staff are now available to provide individual appointments to assist Social Equity Program applicants with completing their Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Applications through our Accela Civic Engagement Portal. Applicants are encouraged to complete this PDF iconSocial Equity Program Applicant Eligibility Verification - Clinic Registration Worksheet and bring it, along with their supporting documents, to their scheduled appointments.

Please note that these clinics are procided free of charge and are open to the public. Clinic attendees with confirmed appointments are guaranteed assistance. Walk-in assistance is subject to availability.

Click here to access the Events page for times, locations, and to book an appointment

Please check back regularly for more information on additional clinics.

Using the Accela Application Portal 

To apply to be verified as a Social Equity Applicant, click here to access the Accela Citizen Access portal.

For New Users: click on "Register to Apply for a License". Follow the prompts to register for a new account to complete the Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process.

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When you have finished filling out the Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification questionaire, you must still upload your supporting documents. See below for instructions on how to upload.

For Existing Users: if you have an account, log in, then click on "Account Management"

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From there, click on "Actions ->View" under Contact Information to answer the Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification questionaire.

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For ALL Users: When you have completed the Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification questionaire, click the Add button under Account Management to add your supporting documentation. The list of DCR Approved Documents is listed below on this page

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When you have finished adding files, navigate back to the Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification questionaire (click "Actions->View" on the Account Management page), and answer the last question:

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This will submit the Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification application for DCR review.

Please check back regularly for more detailed instructions from DCR.

Individuals that are verified as Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicants will be eligible to apply in Round 1 of retail licensing, which, per the instruction of the City Council, will begin by September 3. Verified Tier 1 and Tier 2 Social Equity Applicants will also be able to apply in Round 2 of retail licensing and the Delivery Pilot Program, the start dates of which are to be determined.

Department Of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) Social Equity Program Applicant Eligibility Verification List Of DCR Approved Documents

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Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process FAQs

Q: How do I apply to be verified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant?

A: You can apply through DCR’s online licensing system, the Accela Civic Platform. More information about submitting an online application is forthcoming. DCR will not accept applications through any other means.

Q: Can I submit my records at DCR’s office?

A: No. DCR will not accept records submitted in person. All records must be uploaded through the Accela Civic Platform.

Q: When can I apply to be verified?

A: DCR will accept applications from May 28, 2019 until 4:00 p.m. on July 29, 2019.

Q: Does it matter when I submit an application during the verification window?

A: No. DCR will make verification determinations on all applications submitted during the verification window. Applicants that are verified earlier in the verification window will not receive any priority during the upcoming rounds of retail licensing.

Q: Can I apply to be verified as both a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant?

A: Yes. When applying you can request to be verified as both a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant and submit relevant documents to prove your eligibility for both Tiers.

Q: What happens to my application if I don’t submit all the information or documents DCR requires?

A: DCR will notify you of any deficiencies in your verification application and give you one opportunity, in a limited time window, to correct those deficiencies. If you fail to do so, DCR will not verify you a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant.

Q: Do I need to apply for verification during the 60-day verification window to be eligible to apply for a retail license in Phase 3?

A: Yes. You must be verified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant to be eligible for apply as a Social Equity Applicant in Rounds 1 and 2 of Phase 3 Retail (Type 10) Licensing.

Q: How do I get information about the verification process?

A: DCR staff are available to answer your questions about how to apply to be verified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant. You can submit your questions by email to cannabis@lacity.org, by phone to (213) 978-0738, or in person at DCR’s office at 221 N. Figueroa St, Suite 1245, which is open Mondays through Fridays (excluding City holidays) from 9 am to 4 pm.

Q: Are there individuals or organizations outside of the DCR that can help me apply to be verified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant?

A: You are free to consult with whoever you wish for assistance with your eligibility application. However, you are free to submit your application without assistance from anyone.

Q: Does DCR endorse or authorize any individual or organizations to provide application assistance?

A: No. DCR does not endorse or authorize any individual or organization to advise applicants on the verification process. Any claim by an individual or an organization that it is “endorsed,” “authorized,” “approved,” “licensed,” or otherwise sanctioned by DCR to provide verification assistance is absolutely false.

Q: Should I pay individuals or organizations to provide verification assistance?

A: You are free to decide whether to pay for verification assistance, but you should first consider submitting questions to DCR staff by email to cannabis@lacity.org, by phone to (213) 978-0738, or in person at DCR’s office at 221 N. Figueroa St, Suite 1245, which is open Mondays through Fridays (excluding City holidays) from 9 am to 4 pm. DCR will provide all the information necessary to complete the verification process free of charge.

Q: Do any individuals or organizations have inside information about the verification process?

A: No. DCR provides all information necessary to complete the verification on its website and in response to inquiries submitted by email, phone or in person. Any claim by an individual or organization that is has received exclusive information about the verification process from DCR is absolutely false.

Q: Is it more likely that DCR will approve my verification application if I am associated with particular individuals or organizations?

A: No. The fact you are associated with a particular individual or organization will have absolutely no bearing on your application. DCR will base its determination on the information and documents you provide and nothing else.