(a) To the extent feasible, the secretary shall coordinate the registration and fee collection procedures of this section with similar licensing or registration procedures applicable to registrants.
(b) The secretary or county agricultural commissioner shall deny a registration submission that is incomplete or not in compliance with this act.
(c) A registrant shall, within a reasonable time, notify the secretary of any change in the information reported on the registration form and shall pay any additional fee owed if that change results in a higher fee owed than that previously paid.
(d) At the request of any person, the “public information sheet” described in subdivision (e) of Section 46013.1 for any registrant shall be made available for inspection and copying at the main office of the department and each county agricultural commissioner. Copies of the “public information sheet” shall also be made available by mail, upon written request. The secretary or county agricultural commissioner may charge a reasonable fee for the cost of reproducing a “public information sheet.” Except as provided in this subdivision, a registration form is exempt from Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
(e) The secretary, in consultation with the California Organic Products Advisory Committee, may suspend the registration program set forth in this section if the secretary determines that income derived from registration fees is
insufficient to support a registration enforcement program.
(f) A registration is considered legal and valid until revoked, suspended, or until the expiration of the registration.
(g) The registration revocation process shall be in conjunction with other provisions of this act. The secretary or county agricultural commissioner’s office may initiate the revocation process for failure to comply with the NOP or this act. Any person against whom the action is being taken shall have the opportunity to appeal the action and be afforded the opportunity to be heard in an administrative appeal. This appeal shall be administered by either the state or county agricultural commissioner’s office.
(h) When the registration fee is not paid within 60 days from the expiration date, the account shall be considered closed and the
registration voided. A notification shall be sent to the registrant and the certifier, if applicable, notifying them the registrant is no longer able to market products as organic until the account is paid in full.
(i) Any producer, handler, processor, or certification agency subject to this chapter that does not pay the fee within 10 days of the date on which the fee is due and payable shall pay a penalty of 10 percent of the total amount determined to be due plus interest at the rate of 1.5 percent per month on the unpaid balance.