Production Agriculture Permits: All growers that sell
their agricultural products must obtain a permit through our office prior to
spraying their crops with any kind of pesticide. There are two permits
issued by our office. An Operator Identification Number and a Restricted
Operator Identification Number: is a certificate that
will allow growers to purchase and apply unrestricted pesticides.
Restricted Materials Permit: is a permit that allows
growers to purchase and apply unrestricted pesticides and California Restricted
- In order to obtain a restricted materials permit, the grower must be a
certified private applicator or a certified commercial applicator.
Certified Private Applicator: To become a
certified applicator, a grower must pass an exam given by our office.
Once a grower or his / her representative is either a certified applicator or a
commercial applicator (a commercial applicator license from the Department of
Pesticide Regulation with category D would qualify), they are qualified to
train any employees that will be handling pesticides, and will be allowed to
purchase and apply California Restricted Materials.
Certified Private Applicator Test: If you are involved in
production agriculture and would like to become a certified applicator, you can
call our office and make an appointment to take the test at a time that is
convenient for you. You can also drop by our office during office hours
to take the test. (Allow at least an hour to take the test)
San Martin office hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
San Jose office hours for are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
** Be advised that your District Biologist is the only person that
can issue you your restricted materials permit. Call your biologist
before you take the test if you need your permit right away.
Agricultural Pest Control - apply pesticides to control weeds,
gophers, and insect pests on plants, for hire
Before anyone applies pesticides for hire, they must be licensed
through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and must register
with our county on an annual basis. Santa Clara County's registration fee
is $50.00 for Pest Control Businesses and $25.00 for Maintenance Gardener
Agricultural Pest Control Licenses: We have applications
for Qualified Applicator Licenses, Qualified Applicator Certificates, and Pest
Control Advisors at our office. You can also download the applications
from DPR's website.
Structural Pest Control - apply pesticides indoors and around the
perimeter of buildings to control pests such as termites, ants, cockroaches,
spiders, mice, etc.
Before you apply pesticides for hire, you must be licensed
through the Structural Pest Control Board and registered in each county you
intend to perform pest control in. The registration fee in Santa Clara
County is $10.00 for Branch 2 & 3 companies and $25.00 for Branch 1
Structural Applicator Exam: Santa Clara
County no longer offers the structural applicator exam. The
Structural Board now offers Operator, Field Representative, and Applicator
exams at official testing centers. Please visit the Structural
Board’s website for details.