Welcome to the California Department of Consumer Affairs

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The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) administers 3.6 million licenses in 250 license types including certificates, registrations and permits, from architects to accountants, dentists to veterinarians. DCA protects and serves consumers in many ways:

  • DCA is a licensing entity – Through its licensing entities, DCA licenses more than 3.6 million professionals and enables consumers to check the license status of these professionals online or by phone.
  • DCA is a regulator – DCA investigates consumer complaints on issues under its jurisdiction. If violations are found, license holders can face discipline that includes probation, suspension or revocation of a license, fines and citations, letters of reprimand, or cease and desist orders.
  • DCA is an educator – DCA educates consumers by giving them information they need to avoid being victimized by unscrupulous or unqualified people who promote deceptive or unsafe services.


CURES mandatory use begins Oct. 2, 2018. Read about it here.

Attention CURES Prescribers and Dispensers The Department of Justice, in collaboration with the Medical Board of California, is hosting three upcoming live webinar sessions for prescribers and dispensers of Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances. Comprehensive information on when, and how, to use the CURES 2.0 system will be provided during the webinars which are scheduled from noon to 1:00 p.m., on November 30, 2018, December 17, 2018, and January 23, 2019. See DCA’s CURES 2.0 web page for registration information and a link to the September 12, 2018, webinar recording.

Attention Job Seekers DCA has a new page dedicated to assisting individuals interested in finding jobs within DCA and other areas of State Government. Featuring new job postings, examination schedules and helpful resources, the careers page was designed to be the single source for easy access to finding your next career opportunity. For more information visit https://www.dca.ca.gov/about_us/jobs/careers.shtml.

Seeking Nominations Pursuant to Article 2, Section 8522 of Business and Professions Code, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs is soliciting nominations for a public member appointment to the Structural Pest Control Board. Please submit your nominations to the following email address: memberrelations@dca.ca.gov.

All nominations shall include the name and address of each nominee and the name, address, and affiliation, if any, of the nominator. Solicitations will remain open until August 21, 2018

New Website In an effort to help assimilate immigrants into the fabric and culture of our state, the Governor's Office has launched a new website portal where immigrants looking for help with such things as job training, English language skills, and legal assistance can find information on services available throughout the state.  The site also addresses the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.  This website, called The California Immigrant Guide, can be found at www.immigrantguide.ca.gov.

Health care is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in California and we know there are many candidates–both employed and not–who could fill those jobs with the right training, experience and opportunity. DCA is seeking to be part of the solution. That´s why, in compliance with recent legislation (Assembly Bill 2105, signed by the Governor in 2016) DCA will conduct a stakeholder process over the next two years to update policies and remove barriers to facilitate the development of ‘earn and learn’ training programs in the allied health professions. Click here to learn more and provide your input!