The Department of Consumer Affairs helps to promote good business practices and to ensure that California's consumers receive quality services by establishing minimal competency standards for approximately 250 classifications involving approximately 3 million professionals. The Department is also an important advocate on consumer and business issues. In general, the Department's Boards and Bureaus provide exams and licensing, enforcement, complaint mediation, and education for consumers. Below is a list of professions that boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs licenses.

For a complete listing, visit the DCA Boards and Bureaus webpage.

Acupuncture Board

  • Acupuncturists 

Visit the California Acupuncture Board's webpage to learn more.  

Automotive Repair, Bureau of

  • Automotive Repair Dealers
  • Brake and Lamp Adjusters
  • Brake and Lamp Inspection Stations
  • Smog Check Stations
  • Smog Check Technicians

Visit the California Bureau of Automotive Repair's webpage to learn more. 

Barbering and Cosmetology, Board of

  • Cosmetologists
  • Barbers
  • Manicurists (nail care)
  • Estheticians (skin care)
  • Electrologists (permanent hair removal)
  • Apprentices
  • Establishments (Places where barbering, cosmetology, electrology, and other related services are performed.)

Visit the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology's webpage to learn more. 

BreEZe is DCA's new licensing and enforcement system and a one-stop shop for consumers, licensees and applicants! BreEZe enables consumers to verify a professional license and file a consumer complaint. Licensees and applicants can submit license applications, renew a license and change their address among other services.

BreEZe is available for barbers & cosmetologists to register online Go

California Athletic Commission

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau

  • Applications
  • Funeral Establishment
  • Funeral Director
  • Embalmer
  • Apprentice Embalmer
  • Certificate of Authority (Cemetery)
  • Cemetery Manager
  • Cemetery Broker
  • Cemetery Salesperson
  • Crematory
  • Crematory Manager
  • Cremated Remains Disposer

Visit the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau's webpage to learn more. 

Contractors State License Board

  • General Engineering Contractors
  • General Building Contractors
  • Specialty Contractors – including but not limited to:
    • Plumbing
    • Refrigeration​​
    • Sheet Metal
    • Solar
    • Swimming Pool
    • Welding
    • Tile
    • Painting
    • Roofing
    • Painting and Decorating
  • Applicants

Visit the California Contractors State License Board's webpage to learn more. 

Court Reporters, Board of

  •  Court Reporters

Visit the California Court Reporters Board's webpage to learn more. 

Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, Bureau of

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Board of

Private Postsecondary Education, Bureau of

Licenses and regulates Private Postsecondary Schools and Vocational Schools:

Visit the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education webpage to learn more. 

Professional Fiduciaries Bureau

  • Agents or Trustee under Durable Power of Attorney for more than three people
  • Conservators or Guardians of two or more people
  • Applicants

Visit the California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau webpage to learn more. 

Real Estate, Bureau of

Visit the California Real Estate Bureau's webpage to learn more. 

Online Licensing services are available for real estate agents & brokers. Click here to learn more and apply online. 

Real Estate Appraisers, Bureau of

  • Real Estate Appraisers  (Residential, Certified Residential, and Certified General Appraisers)
  • Registered Appraisal Management Companies
  • Get an Appraiser License?
Visit the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraiser's webpage for more information.  

Security and Investigative Services, Bureau of

  • Consumer Guide to BSIS
  • Security guard
  • Locksmith companies
  • Locksmiths
  • Private investigator
  • Proprietary security officers
  • Training facilities
  • Training Instructors (firearms and baton)
  • Alarm companies
  • Private patrol operators
  • Repossession agencies
  • Qualified Manager

Visit the California Bureau of Security & Investigative Services webpage to learn more. 

Online Licensing services are available for security guards. Go

Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispenser Board

Structural Pest Control Board

  • Applicator (Licensed to apply pesticides to eliminate, exterminate, control or prevent infestations or infections)
  • Field representative (Licensed to make inspections, identify pests, submit bids, and contract for work on behalf of a registered company
  • Operator (Company qualifying manager) 

Visit the California Structural Pest Control Board's webpage to learn more

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