Each person engaged in the state of California in the production or handling of raw agricultural products sold as organic, and retailers that are engaged in the production of products sold as organic, and retailers that are engaged in the processing, as defined by the NOP, of products sold as organic, shall register with the State Organic Program (SOP). If the expected organic gross sales exceed $5,000, certification is by a third party organization is required.
New and Amended applications for organic registration must be completed, submitted, and approved prior to the first sale of the product. Registrations must be amended to account for new land acquisitions and/or changes in commodities.
Producers/Handlers/Processors should register their organic operations at least 14-21 days prior to the sale of their first organic product.
All Certifying Agencies are USDA Accredited and required to be registered with the SOP. A current list of Certifying Agencies from CDFA's website can be found below:
Renewing Organic Registration:
Each organic registrant must annually renew the registration unless no longer engaged in the activities requiring the registration. The State Organic Program will issue a renewal application 30 days prior to the expiration of the registration.