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Contact the Licensing and Certification Program

Health care facilities in California are licensed, regulated, inspected, and/or certified by a number of public and private agencies at the state and federal levels, including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification program (L&C) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  L&C also oversees the certification of Nurse Assistants, Home Health Aides, Hemodialysis Technicians, and the licensing of Nursing Home Administrators.

Questions about the Licensing & Certification program should be directed to the phone numbers and address listed below.

  • Specific questions regarding the Licensing & Certification program: (916) 552-8700 or Toll Free (800) 236-9747
  • California Department of Public Health
    Licensing and Certification
    P.O. Box 997377, MS 3000
    Sacramento, California 95899-7377

For general questions about the California Department of Public Health, please refer to the information on the Department’s “Contact Us” page at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/contact/Pages/default.aspx

For assistance contacting other California state agencies (DMV, etc.), please go to  http://www.ca.gov/Contact.html.

Facility Licensure

If you have questions regarding the status of your facility license application please contact either the Centralized Applications Unit (CAU) or the appropriate District Office

  • CAU: (916) 552-8632


If you have questions or complaints against Hospitals, Hospice, Health Care Facilities or Nursing Homes contact your local CDPH Licensing & Certification District Office:

 Bakersfield: (866) 222-1903  San Bernardino: (800) 344-2896
 Chico: (800) 554-0350  San Diego (North): (800) 824-0613
 East Bay: (866) 247-9100  San Diego (South): (866) 706-0759
 Fresno: (800) 554-0351  San Francisco: (800) 554-0353
 Los Angeles: (800) 228-1019  San Jose: (800) 554-0348
 Orange County: (800) 228-5234  Santa Rosa: (866) 784-0703
 Riverside: (888) 354-9203  Ventura: (800) 547-8267
 Sacramento: (800) 554-0354  

Aide and Technician Certification

For information regarding certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA) or Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT), or to lodge a complaint, contact the Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS), CNA/HHA/CHT Certification Unit. Phone center hours are: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
For information regarding the certification status of other provider types please click here to obtain the correct phone number.
  • (916) 327-2445  Main Number: Automated menu - during the prompt message, press 1 and 6 to speak to a CNA representative
  • (916) 552-8811  Message Center: Leave a voicemail and your call will be returned promptly
  • (916) 492-8232  Complaints
  • (916) 552-8785  Fax number

Mailing Address:
ATCS, Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

Policy Questions

If you have any policy questions please contact:


Or email:


If you are looking for a CDPH office phone number other than L&C, click here for a listing of the most requested phone numbers.
Last modified on: 6/16/2015 10:30 AM