Welcome to the California Department of Consumer Affairs

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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.


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

Earn and Learn

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!