Welcome to the California Department of Consumer Affairs
The Department of Consumers Affairs (DCA) administers more than 3.4 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 3.4 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.
Updated CURES Access and Use Regulations
Updated regulations pertaining to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) became effective on August 15, 2022. The regulations revise and add to the CURES access and use regulations that took effect on July 1, 2020. The approved regulations and a bulletin summarizing the important and substantive changes can be found on the Office of the Attorney General’s CURES website.
Please also refer to DCA’s CURES information page.
Updated COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations Now Available
You can now get an updated Moderna or Pfizer booster that improves your protection against Omicron variants. See if you're eligible and schedule your appointment. Find COVID-19 boosters: https://www.vaccines.gov.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The U.S. Department of Education announced time-limited changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program rules allowing borrowers to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. The changes end on October 31, 2022. Learn more about the program and how to see if you qualify.
Licensing Performance Measures Now Available
The Department of Consumer Affairs is pleased to unveil a new feature of the DCA Data Portal, which displays processing timeframes for initial and renewal license applications for each license type administered by DCA boards and bureaus. To access the portal, visit: https://www.dca.ca.gov/data/license_performance.shtml
Expedited Licensure for Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas
Starting January 1, 2021, Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas who apply for licensure by DCA boards and bureaus may seek an expedited licensure process. For more information, click here: https://www.dca.ca.gov/about_us/ab2113.shtml