A Guide from a License Defense Attorney: Application and Renewal Issues

Many careers require a professional license, from medical professionals like doctors and nurses to social workers and therapists. However, acquiring (and keeping) a professional license can pose many challenges, and it’s not uncommon to face rejection.

Rejection is always frustrating, no matter the circumstances. But when you face rejection for a professional application, it can be incredibly stressful, as you rely on your career to earn a living and provide for yourself and your family.

If your professional license application is rejected for whatever reason, do not hesitate to discuss your situation with a California license defense attorney as soon as possible.

Issues that Could Hinder License Applications and Renewals

Everyone makes mistakes. Of course, certain flaws and errors should not keep you from thriving in your profession — but at the same time, certain significant issues can create real challenges on your path to application approval.

The following issues are the most common that could result in application rejection.

Criminal Convictions

Your application may be rejected if you have prior criminal convictions on your record. This is particularly true for felony convictions, especially when they are related to your profession.

Substance Addiction

Substance addictions can affect the way a person lives and operates. For this reason, if you’ve suffered from addiction and have not received adequate treatment, it could be grounds for application rejection.

Previous Professional Disciplinary Action

If you previously held a professional license and an indiscretion called for disciplinary action, this could present a problem when applying for a license. After all, licensing boards do not want to certify someone who might be a risk to medical providers, so whether you’re attempting to renew or reinstate a license (or get a new one entirely), it could prove to be a problem all the same.

Revoked Professional License in a Different State

Along the same lines, if you previously held a professional license that was revoked and you are now attempting to get another license in a different state, this problem could follow you to your new location. Moving states does not eliminate the potential of having past licensing issues revisit you.

Failure to Disclose Information on an Application

Applications for professional licenses typically ask a slew of questions, including ones about the past (like convictions or disciplinary action). If you fail to disclose critical information, it can reflect negatively on you.

Even if you think something will make you look bad, it’s best to include it. Not disclosing key facts can mistakenly make state boards think you’re acting fraudulently.

Mistakes in an Application

While mistakes can happen, they’re often unintentional. Even the most minor mistakes can affect your chances of approval. When you make a mistake, the state board may assume you did it intentionally and deny your application. So it’s essential to fill out your application carefully to ensure the best chance of approval.

A License Defense Attorney Can Help Handle a Professional License Application Rejection

If your application to obtain a professional license, renewal, or reinstatement is denied, speak to a license defense attorney right away. The S J Harris Law legal team has extensive experience helping professionals get the licenses they need to continue enjoying their chosen profession.

Contact our firm today to request a complimentary consultation.

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When dealing with these complex issues, you need legal representation that has a long track record of success in these types of cases. Scott Harris and the rest of our team at S J Harris Law will be ready to help you pursue any option available that allows you to keep your license and continue working, no matter what industry you are in.


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