Other State of California Agency Resources
Department of Consumer Affairs
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licenses and regulates 2.3 million professionals in more than 230 different professions, including accountants, doctors, dentists, contractors, cosmetologists and auto-repair technicians. The Department also helps consumers learn how to protect themselves from unscrupulous and unqualified individuals and protects professionals from unfair competition by unlicensed practitioners. Reach DCA at 1-800-952-5210.
- What Smart Shoppers Know About Telemarketing
- Filing a Complaint Against a Professional or Business with DCA
- Public Comments, Complaints & Suggestions for DCA
California Board of Accountancy
The California Board of Accountancy (CBA), which is part of the Department of Consumer Affairs, regulates the accounting profession licensing Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and the Public Accountants (PA). Contact CBA AT (916) 263-3680.
- How To Select a CPA
- Selecting a Certified Public Accountant or Public Accountant on the Internet
- Filing a Comment or Complaint with CBA
Department of Insurance
The California Department of Insurance (DOI) regulates, investigates and audits insurance business to ensure that companies remain solvent and meet their obligations to insurance policyholders. The Commissioner issues certificates of authority to insurance and title companies seeking admittance into the California market; and Licenses agents, brokers, solicitors and bail bonds agents. Reach DOI at 1-800-927-HELP (4357).
Bureau of Real Estate
The Bureau of Real Estate (BRE) Licenses and regulates those who sell real estate. The Department also monitors certain activities of real estate Licensees doing business as mortgage brokers to ensure they comply with the real estate law. Contact BRE at one of its five offices around California. Fresno: (559) 445-5009; Los Angeles: (213) 620-2072; Oakland: (510) 622-2552; Sacramento: (916) 227-0931; and San Diego: (619) 525-4192.