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 Financial Institutions
The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Licenses and regulates state-Licensed banks, state Licensed savings and loans, state-Licensed credit unions, state-Licensed industrial banks, state-Licensed offices of foreign banks, trust companies, business and industrial development corporations, issuers of travelers checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad. DOI serves consumers from four offices around the state. Los Angeles: (213) 897-2085; Sacramento: (916) 322-5966; San Diego: (858) 642-4242; and San Francisco: (415) 263-8500.
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).
Department of Real Estate
The Department of Real Estate (DRE) 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 DRE 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.