Welcome to the California Department of Consumer Affairs

(800) 952-5210

The Department of Consumers Affairs (DCA) administers more than 3.9 million licenses in more than 280 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.

Alerts:

Power Outage and Fire Recovery Resources Website

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state website with tools and resources for Californians who have been impacted by the wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs. The website combines emergency response and recovery information into a single place for easy access for users. It is a one-stop portal that includes information on local and state resources, health services, shelters and housing, preparedness and more. Visit www.response.ca.gov

Information for Military Personnel & Their Spouses/Domestic Partners