About the Department

Boards, Bureaus and Committees

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ACCOUNTANTS

Board of Accountancy
2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-3680

  • Certified public accounts (CPA)
  • Public accounts (PA)
  • CPA or PA corporations & partnerships

ACUPUNCTURISTS

Acupuncture Board
1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 180
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 515-5200

  • Certified acupuncturists

APPLIANCE REPAIR

See Electronic Repair

ARCHITECTS

California Architects Board
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7220

  • Architects

Landscape Architects Technical Committee
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 575-7230

  • Landscape Architects

AUTOMOBILE REPAIR, WARRANTIES

Arbitration Certification Program (ACP)*
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-112
Sacramento, CA 95814
Complaints & information: (800) 952-5210
Policy issues: (916) 574-7350

  • ACP certifies & monitors automobile manufacturer arbitration programs to ensure compliance with the Lemon Law & other warranty statues.

Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR)*
10949 North Mather Boulevard
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Complaints & information: (800) 952-5210
Licensing questions: (855) 735-0462
Policy issues: (916) 403-8470

  • Automotive repair facilities
  • Lamp & brake inspection stations
  • Smog check stations & technicians
  • Written estimates are required for auto repairs. Automotive technicians must also offer to return replaced parts to customers.

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BARBERS, BEAUTICIANS

Board of Barbering & Cosmetology*
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7570

  • Apprentices (barber, cosmetology, electrology)
  • Barbers
  • Board-licensed establishments
  • Cosmetologists
  • Electrologists
  • Estheticians
  • Manicurists
  • Provisional instructors
  • (The Board no longer licenses schools but does approve curriculum.)

*Bureaus and programs are under direct DCA authority; boards, committees, and the commission are semi-autonomous.

BEDDING MANUFACTURES

See Furnishings, Home

BOXERS, REFEREES, TRAINERS

Athletic Commission
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2010
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2195

5757 West Century Blvd., Suite 16
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 641-8668

  • Assistant matchmakers
  • Boxers (professional & amateur)
  • Full contact karate (kickboxers)
  • (professional & amateur)
  • Gyms
  • Judges (professional & amateur)
  • Managers, promoters, & matchmakers
  • Referees (professional & amateur)
  • Sparring permits
  • Timekeepers
  • Trainers/seconds

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C

CEMETERIES

See Funeral Trades

Conservators

See Fiduciaries

CONTRACTORS

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 255-3900
Toll-free (800) 321-2752

  • General engineering contractors - Class A
  • General building contractors - Class B
  • Specialty contractors - Class C
  • Boiler, hot water, heating, & steam fitting
  • Building moving/demolition
  • Cabinet & mill work
  • Concrete
  • Drywall
  • Electrical (general)
  • Electrical sign
  • Elevator
  • Earthwork & paving
  • Fencing
  • Fire protection
  • Flooring & floor covering
  • General manufactured housing
  • Glazing
  • Insulation & acoustical
  • Landscaping
  • Lathing
  • Low voltage systems
  • Masonry
  • Metal roofing
  • Ornamental metal
  • Painting & decorating
  • Parking & highway improvement
  • Pipeline
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Reinforcing steel
  • Refrigeration
  • Roofing
  • Sanitation systems
  • Sheet metal
  • Solar
  • Structural steel
  • Swimming pool
  • Tile (ceramic & mosaic)
  • Warm-air heating, ventilating, & air conditioning
  • Water conditioning
  • Welding
  • Well drilling (water)
  • Limited specialty (29 sublicenses)

Call the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) at (800) 321-2752 to find out if a contractor has a valid license and whether any disciplinary action has been taken against it. The CSLB Mandatory Arbitration Program can arbitrate quick, out-of-court settlements. Be sure your contractor is licensed and in good standing, or you could end up paying twice for the same work!

COSMETOLOGISTS

See Barbers/Beauticians

COURT REPORTS

Court Reporters of California
2535 Capitol Oaks Dr., Suite 230
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-3660

  • Court reporters

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DENTAL TRADES

Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2300

  • Dentists

Dental Hygiene Committee of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1050
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-1978

  • Registered dental hygienists in extended functions
  • Registered dental hygienists

Selecting a doctor can be a difficult task. The Board can help consumers by informing them of the status of a doctor's license, such as whether the license is in good standing or has had discipline taken against it.

DOCTORS

Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Executive Offices: (916) 263-2389
Application inquiries: (916) 263-2499
Complaints: (916) 263-2424; (800) 633-2322
Division of Licensing: (916) 263-2344

  • Fictitious name permits
  • Medical assistants
  • Midwives
  • Physicians & surgeons
  • Registered dispensing opticians
  • Research psychoanalysts

Physician Assistant Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2670

  • Educational training programs
  • Physician assistants
  • Supervising physicians

Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

Naturopathic Doctors

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ELECTRONICS REPAIR

Bureau of Electronic & Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation*
3485 Orange Grove Ave
North Highlands, CA 95660
Complaints & information: (800) 952-5210
Licensing questions: (916) 574-2067
Service Contracts: (916) 574-2067
Policy issues: (916) 574-2069

  • Registration of businesses engaged in:
  • Automotive radio & stereo installation & repair
  • Automotive security system installation & repair
  • Cellular phone installation & repair
  • Combination electronic & appliance repair
  • Home entertainment electronics repair
  • Home office electronics repair
  • Major home appliance repair
  • Residential antenna installation & repair (includes satellite antennas)
  • Service contract sales
  • Service contract administration

For a copy of A Consumer's Guide to Appliance & Electronic Repair, call (916) 323-7239

*Bureaus and programs are under direct DCA authority; boards, committees, and the commission are semi-autonomous

ENGINEERS

Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, & Geologists
2535 Capitol Oaks Dr., Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-2222

The Board registers:

  • Agricultural engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Control system engineers
  • Corrosion engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Fire protection engineers
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Industrial engineers
  • Land surveyors
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Metallurgical engineers
  • Nuclear engineers
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Photogrammetric engineers
  • Quality engineers
  • Safety engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Traffic engineers
  • The Board certifies:
  • Engineers-in-training
  • Land surveyors-in-training
  • Engineering geologists
  • Professional Geologist
  • Geophysicists
  • Hydrogeologists

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Fiduciaries

Professional Fiduciaries Bureau
P.O. Box 989007
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0005
(916) 574-7340 fax (916) 574-8645
fiduciary@dca.ca.gov

  • Professional Fiduciaries
  • Conservators
  • Guardians
  • Trustees
  • Agents under durable powers of attorney for health care or for finances

FUNERAL TRADES

Cemetery & Funeral Bureau*
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-208
Sacramento, CA 95834
Complaints & information: (800) 952-5210
Licensing information: (916) 574-7870
Bureau office: (916) 574-7870

  • Apprentice embalmers
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery salespersons
  • Cemetery brokers
  • Crematories
  • Cremated remains disposers
  • Embalmers
  • Funeral directors
  • Funeral Establishments
  • Funeral preneed trust funds
  • Cemetery trust funds

*Bureaus and programs are directed DCA authority; boards, committees, and the commission are semi-autonomous. Call (916) 323-7239 and ask for a copy Consumer Guide to Funeral & Cemetery Purchases

FURNISHINGS, HOME

Bureau of Electronic & Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation
3485 Orange Grove Avenue
North Highlands, CA 95660
Complaints & information: (800) 952-5210
Licensing questions: (916) 574-2041
Policy issues: (916) 574-2041

  • Bedding manufactures
  • Bedding renovators
  • Bedding retailers
  • Bedding wholesalers
  • Custom upholsterers
  • Furniture & bedding retailers
  • Furniture manufacturers
  • Furniture retailers
  • Furniture wholesalers
  • Insulation manufacturers
  • Supply dealers
  • Sanitizers

Check for the labels on secondhand (renovated) mattresses before you buy. The red label tells you the amount and type of secondhand material used in the mattress. The yellow label tells you that the mattress has been sanitized. Call (916) 323-7239 to request a copy of What You Should Know Before You Buy a Renovated Mattress.

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G

GEOLOGISTS

See Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Guardians

See Fiduciaries

GUIDE DOG TRAINING

Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-202
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7825

  • Instructors
  • Training schools
  • Fund-raising to establish training schools

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H-K

HEARING/SPEECH SPECIALTIES

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2666

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2666

  • Audiologists
  • Speech-language pathologists

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LAND SURVEYORS

Landscape Architects

See Architects

LOCKSMITHS

See Security Trades
For LICENSE applications, call or write the appropriate board, bureau, commission, or committee.

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MATTRESSES

See Furnishings, Home

MIDWIVES

See Doctors

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Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Medicine Committee
1300 National Drive, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 928-4785

  • Naturopathic Doctors

NURSING

Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350

  • Continuing education providers
  • Nurse anesthetists
  • Nurse midwives
  • Nurse midwives with furnishing number
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse practitioners with furnishing number
  • Psychiatric mental health nurses
  • Public health nurses
  • Registered nurses

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7800

  • Vocational nurses
  • Psychiatric technicians

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Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants

California Board of Occupational Therapy
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2050
Sacramento, CA 95815
1-800-952-5210
Tel: (916) 263-2294

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

OPTICIANS

See Doctors

OPTOMETRISTS

Board of Optometry
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 575-7170

  • Branch offices
  • Fictitious name permits
  • Optometric corporations
  • Optometrists

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons

Osteopathic Medical Board of California
1300 National Drive, Suite #150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1991
(916) 928-8390

  • Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons

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P-Q

PEST CONTROL

Structural Pest Control Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95815
916-561-8700

  • Branch office registrations
  • Company registrations
  • Field representatives

Branch 1, 2, 3, & wood roof cleaning/treatment Operators

Branch 1, 2, 3, & wood roof cleaning/treatment Pesticide applicators

Branch 1 - fumigation
Branch 2 - general pest control (nonwood type pests)
Branch 3 - termite control (wood type pests)
Wood roof cleaning/treatment (roof restoration)

PHARMACISTS

Board of Pharmacy
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-219
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7900

  • Free/nonprofit/surgical/clinics
  • Hypodermic needle & syringe distributors
  • Interns
  • Nonresident pharmacies
  • Out-of-state distributors
  • Pharmaceutical wholesalers & exemptees
  • Pharmacies
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Physical Therapy Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 561-8200
Fax: (916) 263-2560

  • Electroneuromyographers
  • Kinesiological electromyographyers
  • Physical therapist assistants
  • Physical therapists

PODIATRISTS

Board of Podiatric Medicine
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1300
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2647

  • Doctors of Podiatric Medicine

PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

See Security Trades

Private Postsecondary Schools

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento California, 95833
Phone: (916) 431-6959
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589

  • Private Postsecondary Schools

PSYCHIATRISTS

See Psychologists

PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIANS

See Psychologists

PSYCHOLOGISTS

Board of Psychology
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1400
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2699

  • Psychological assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Registered psychologists

PUBLICATIONS

Publications are available from the Department on a variety of consumer topics-everything from automobiles to professional therapy to credit repair. Call (916) 323-7239 to request a publication. To find out what's available, ask for the DCA Publications List.

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Resolving disputes is the responsibility of the 55 county dispute resolution programs, which are guided and assisted by DCA. To find out if your county has a dispute resolution program, check the telephone book index or yellow pages under DISPUTE RESOLUTION or MEDIATION SERVICES.

REPOSSESSORS

See Security Trades

RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONERS

Respiratory Care Board
444 N. Third Street, Ste. 270
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 323-9983
FAX (916) 323-9999

  • Respiratory care practitioners

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Schools

See Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

SECURITY TRADES

Bureau of Security & Investigative Services*
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95834
Complaints & Information: (800) 952-5210
Licensing questions: (916) 322-4000
Policy issues: (916) 575-7000

  • Burglar alarm agents
  • Burglar alarm company operators & managers
  • Firearms/baton permits
  • Firearms/baton training facilities & instructors
  • Locksmiths
  • Private investigators
  • Private patrol operators
  • Repossessor employees
  • Repossession companies/managers
  • Security guards/armored car guards

*Bureaus and programs are directed DCA authority; boards, committees, and the commission are semi-autonomous.

SOCIAL WORKERS

See Therapists

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T-U

Telephone Medical Advice

Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau
Department of Consumer Affairs
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-112
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7992

Businesses that may be required to register with the Department include:

  • Health management organizations (HMOs)
  • Physician hospital organizations (PHOs)
  • Practice management companies (PMCs)
  • Management service organizations (MSOs)
  • Preferred provider organizations (PPOs)
  • Independent practice associations (IPAs)
  • Physicians' groups
  • Hospitals
  • Disability insurers
  • Disease management organizations
  • Demand management services
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Case management services
  • Wellness organizations
  • Eldercare/childcare assistance organizations
  • Stand-alone call centers and call centers that contract with the above businesses

THERAPISTS

Board of Behavioral Sciences
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-200
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7830

  • Educational psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Registered associate clinical social workers
  • Licensed Marriage, family & child Therapist
  • Registered Marriage, family, & child Therapist Interns

Occupational Therapists

Physical Therapists

Trustees

See Fiduciaries

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VETERINARY MEDICINE

Veterinary Medical Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2610

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary hospitals

Registered Veterinary Technician Examining Committee
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2610

VOCATIONAL NURSES

See Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Board of

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For more information about the California Department of Consumer Affairs, call (800) 952-5210