California has one of the most strict and extensive seller of travel programs in the nation. We can help you register with the Attorney General's office and comply with the relevant seller of travel laws.
A California seller of travel is anyone that markets, sells, arranges or offers to market, sell, or arrange air or sea transportation to a resident of California or from an office located in California. Companies that offer, distribute, or sell travel certificates, coupons, vouchers, travel passes, et cetera are also required to comply with the special California seller of travel statutes. California sellers of travel are required to register at least 10 days prior to offering air or sea travel in California. Thereafter, there is a late fee of $5 per day, up to a maximum of $1,000. Failure to register may result in civil penalties, the imposition of a cease a desist order prohibiting all advertisements (including websites) and possible criminal penalties. California Business and Professions Code § 17550 et seq.
For businesses located in California, there are two registration programs, one with The Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation (TCRC) which administers a consumer fund, and another California Seller of Travel Program (CST) administered and enforced by the California Attorney General. Out of state businesses need only register with the CST program, and indeed, cannot register with the TCRC which requires in state agencies to pay into a consumer fund.
The California Attorney General strictly enforces the seller of travel law and prosecutes companies that fail to display, or improperly display, the California Seller of Travel Registration number (CST#) as mandated by statute.
If you have any questions about California Seller of Travel Registration, please contact us.