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Industrial hemp licensing

Get authorized to grow, process, and handle industrial hemp

Types of licenses

You must be authorized to work with industrial hemp in the state of Louisiana. You may apply for individual or multiple licenses on one application. This at-a-glance comparison tells you what you might need. To view certified or licensed industrial hemp professionals, visit industrial hemp licensees .

What you want to do

Type of license needed

Produce hemp

Grower License

Process non-consumable hemp

Processor License

Transport, harvest, clean, package, and test hemp

Handler License

Produce, transport, and sell hemp seed

Seed Producer License

Requirements to stay compliant

Before you apply

  1. Review the industrial hemp law , rules and regulations , and compliance checklist .

  2. Pass a background check

    1. Complete an LDAF background check authorization form .

    2. Complete a rapsheet disclosure form .

    3. Get two sets of fingerprint cards (Form FD-258) from the Louisiana State Police (LSP). (While you can also get them from a post office, they might not be accepted and could significantly delay the process).

    4. Mail or hand-deliver fingerprint cards, the background check form, the rapsheet disclosure form, and background check fees to the LSP Criminal Records Dissemination Section:

      1. LSP, Criminal Records Dissemination Section 7919 Independence Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Phone: 225-925-6095 Business hours: M-F 8 am - 3 pm Website:

  3. If applying for multiple licenses, you’re only required to provide one state and federal background check report as long as the background check is performed within 60 days of the date the application is received by LDAF.

  4. Create a color photographic map for each growing, storage, handling, or processing location. See instructions for creating maps .

Updating your information

If the designated responsible party changes, complete a new Designated Responsible Party Declaration .

If the location of growing, processing, handling, or storing changes from what was on your original application, complete a Site Modification Request. You can submit a Site Modification Request using this online form or by submitting this PDF form .


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