What is the California Food Handler Card?
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. Employee hired on or after this date will have 30 days from date of hire to acquire a food handler card.

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 an approved Food Safety for Handlers course.

For how long is valid the California Food Handler card?

Once you receive a California Food Handler Card, it will be 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.

Who is a food handler?

A food handler, as defined by the law, is any person who is involved in the preparation, storage, or server of food in a food facility.

What if I need to take the test in another language?

The Food Safety for Handlers course is available in English.