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What is the California Food Handler Card?

Signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 25th of 2010, the California Food Handler Card law is designed to ensure that restaurant employees receive a reasonable level of training in food safety practices to reduce the potential for foodborn.

This law mandates that all food handlers in California should have a California Food Handler card by July 1, 2011. Employees hired on or after this date will have 30 days from date of hire to acquire a food handler card.

Am I considered a Food Handler?

You are considered a food handler if you work in a food facility and perform any duties that involve the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility or temporary food facility.

How do I get my California Food Handler card?

If you would like to get your California Food Handler card you will need to successfully pass a Food Safety for Handlers course. Just sign up for the Food Safety for Handlers course by clicking here.  Our responsible serving of alcohol course is also approved in California.


I am only a part time worker at a restaurant. Do I still need a card?

Yes. Regardless of the amount of time you work in a food facility you must possess a California Food Handler Card to work in a food facility in California.

For how long is the California Food Handler card valid?

The California Food Handler card is valid throughout most of the state and is valid for three years from issuance. Each food establishment or business must have records documenting that each of its employees has a valid California Food Handler card that can be provided to local enforcement officials upon request.

What if I get a new job?

A California Food Handler Card is transportable and can be taken to a new place of employment.

Can I get my Food Handler Card online?
Yes. Just sign up for the course by clicking here.