Air Resources Board - Sets and enforces emission standards for motor vehicles, fuels, and consumer
products. Sets health-based air quality standards. Conducts research. Monitors air quality. Identifies and sets control measures for toxic
air contaminants. Provides compliance assistance for businesses. Produces education and outreach programs and materials. Oversees and
assists local air quality districts which regulate most non-vehicular sources of air pollution.
Air Toxics Program - Establishes the process for the identification and control of
toxic air contaminants and includes provisions to make the public aware of significant toxic exposures and for reducing risk.
Anti-Terrorism Information Center - Formed in the wake of the September 11 attack on
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to provide law enforcement with statewide intelligence support to combat
Assembly - Official California State Assembly website.
Attorney General - Represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial,
appellate and the supreme courts of California and the United States.
Auditor - As the state's independent external auditor, the California State Auditor provides
independent, nonpartisan, accurate, and timely assessments of California government's financial and operational activities in compliance
with generally accepted government auditing standards.
Board of Equalization (BOE) - Collects taxes and fees that provide more than 34 percent of the annual
revenue for state government as well as essential funding for local government. Fees administered by the Board produce funding for
programs supporting education, health care, public safety, transportation, social services, housing, and natural resource management
Bureau of Automotive Repair - Registers and and regulates approximately 41,000 California automotive
repair facilities, and licenses smog check, lamp and brake inspection stations.
Business, Transportation & Housing Agency - Oversees 16 programs that plan, build, and maintain
California's transportation systems, that ensure fair markets for the real estate industry, and that assist state and community efforts to
Cal Fire - Provides varied emergency services in 36 of California's 58 counties via contracts with local governments. The Department's firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires each year. Those fires burn more than 172,000 acres annually Also see California Statewide Fire Map.
CalGOLD - Provides businesses with information on permits and other
requirements of California agencies at all levels of government, including addresses, telephone numbers, and links to agency Internet web
California - Official State of California home page providing government and other resources,
including sections covering: Business, Consumers and Families, Education and Training, Environment and Natural Resources, Government,
Health and Safety, History and Culture of California, Labor and Employment, Travel and Transportation.
California Code - California law consists of 29 codes covering various subject
areas, the state Constitution, and statutes. This site allows you to display the table of contents for each Code and to
search each Code by keyword. Includes: Business and Professions Code, Civil Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Commercial Code,
Code, Education Code, Elections Code, Evidence Code, Family Code, Financial Code, Fish and Game Code, Food and Agricultural Code,
Government Code, Harbors and Navigation Code, Health and Safety Code, Insurance Code, Labor Code, Military and Veterans Code, Penal Code,
Probate Code, Public Contract Code, Public Resources Code, Public Utilities Code, Revenue and Taxation Code, Streets and Highways Code,
Unemployment Insurance Code, Vehicle Code, Water Code, Welfare and Institutions Code.
California Department of Water Resources (DWR) - Responsible for managing and protecting California's water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state's people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
California Directory, The - A service provided by the California Department of Technology. The Online Directory provides access to government information and services for state employees, local government and the general public. The directory services include state employee information, state agency information, and a State Government Organization Chart, as well as a keyword search.
California ISO - Provides open and non-discriminatory access to the bulk of the state's wholesale
transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive infrastructure planning efforts.
California Legislative Information - The California Constitution, statutes, and the California Codes are published here. This website lists all reports required by statute to be prepared and filed by state and local agencies with the Legislature or Governor. Search bills here. Search codes here.
California Military Department - Comprised of the California Army National Guard, California Air National Guard, California State Military Reserve and California Youth and Community Programs.
California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) - Collects data and
disseminates information about California's healthcare infrastructure; promotes an equitably distributed healthcare workforce; publishes
information about healthcare outcomes. OSHPD also monitors the construction, renovation, and seismic safety of hospitals and
skilled nursing facilities and provides loan insurance to facilitate the capital needs of California's not-for-profit healthcare facilities
California State Archives - A repository for the state's permanent governmental records as
well as other materials documenting California history.
California State Bar - Created by the state legislature in 1927, the State Bar is a public
corporation within the judicial branch of government, serving as an arm of the California Supreme Court. All State Bar members are
officers of the court. Membership in the State Bar of California affords attorneys the right and privilege of practicing law in
this state. The bar's integrated network of functions and services - many of them mandated by law - protects the public and assists
attorneys in meeting their professional obligations. Contact the State Bar's Complaint Hotline at 800-843-9053 .
California State Board of Equalization - In addition to tax administration of key state revenue
programs, the Board plays a critical role with regard to California property taxes. Further, it acts as the appellate body for franchise
and income tax appeals.
California State Lands Commission (CSLC) - Established in 1938 with authority detailed in Division 6
of the California Public Resources Code. Assisted by a staff of more than 200 specialists in mineral
resources, land management, boundary determination, petroleum engineering and the natural sciences the Commision deals with energy
resources, environmental management, granted lands, hazard management, oil spill prevention, and more. See Regulations page.
California State Library - The State Library, under the direction and control of the State Librarian, an appointee of the Governor, has responsibility to collect, preserve, generate and disseminate a wide array of
information; to serve as the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature; to advise, consult with, and
provide technical assistance to and outreach programs for California's public libraries.
California Statistical Abstract - A compilation of data on social,
economic, and physical aspects of the State of California. The volume is a cooperative effort of various government agencies,
coordinated and issued annually by the California Department of Finance, Economic Research Unit.
California Water Commission - Provides a public forum for discussing water issues, advises the Department of Water Resources (DWR), and takes appropriate statutory actions to further the development of policies that support integrated and sustainable water resource management and a healthy environment. Statutory duties include advising the Director of DWR, approving rules and regulations, and monitoring and reporting on the construction and operation of the State Water Project.
California Water Systems - California water districts and water resources provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Caltrans Quickmap - Presents several types of California real-time traffic information layered on a Google Map. Maintained by California's Department of Transportation.
Capitol WebWorks - An Internet consulting firm specializing in political, governmental, and public
affairs communications. Capitol WebWorks provides website development and management, online grassroots action tools, legislation
tracking, and electronic lobbying disclosure, and more.
Conservation & Liquidation Office (CLO-California) - Comprised of insurance professionals, e.g.,
Claims Officer, Reinsurance Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Information Technology Officer who oversee departments that operate and
liquidate insurance companies. If you are looking for general information about the conservation or liquidation process, consult FAQ. If you are looking for information about a specific insurance company that has been
placed under conservation or liquidation by the State of California, visit Insolvent
Contractors State License Board (CSLB) - Licenses, enforcement procedures, complaints and citations,
bonds, license classifications, blueprint for becoming a California Licensed Contractor, license Q&A, baseline cost for type B
construction, contractor license status check, and more. Protects consumers by regulating the construction industry through policies that
promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public in matters relating to construction.
Controller - The California State Controller provides fiscal control over receipts and
disbursements of public funds; reports periodically on the financial operations and condition of state and local government; makes certain
that money due the state is collected through fair and effective tax administration; provides fiscal guidance to local governments; serves
as a member of numerous policy-making State boards and commissions; administers the Unclaimed Property and Property Tax Postponement
Counting California - Social science and economic data. Counting California's
single interface enables users access to actual raw data compiled by federal, state, and local agencies, and also allows users to collate
and integrate data by topic, geography, title, and provider. Counting California is a collaborative project funded by the California Digital Library and the Library of California.
Department of Aging - Administers home and community-based services
throughout California, working primarily with 33 Area Agencies on Aging serving seniors throughout the state.
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) - ABC has the exclusive power, in accordance
with laws enacted, to license and regulate the manufacture, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages in this State. It also has the
power for good cause to deny, suspend or revoke any specific alcoholic beverage license.
Department of Boating and Waterways - Programs include funding and designing the construction and
improvement of boating facilities, beach erosion control, aquatic weed control, boating safety education, Clean Vessel Act grants
and supporting and training local boating law enforcement officers.
Department of Consumer Affairs License Lookup - Use this page to look up
a company or individual who has a California license issued by the Department of Consumer
Affairs. Information provided includes address, license number, and disciplinary actions taken (if any) for licenses of various
types in the following major categories: Accountancy, Acupuncture, Architects, Athletic Commission, Automotive, Barbering and
Cosmetology, Behavioral Sciences, Cemetery and Funeral, Chiropractic, Contractors, Court Reporters, Dental, Electronic and Appliance
Repair, Engineers and Land Surveyors, Geology, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Home Furnishings, Landscape Architects, Medical Board, Midwives,
Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Physicians, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistants, Podiatry, Private Postsecondary
and Vocational Schools, Psychiatric Technicians, Psychology, Registered Dispensing Opticians, Registered Nursing, Respiratory Care,
Security and Investigative, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Structural Pest, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technician,
Department of Corporations - Protects and informs California's population in the areas of Health Maintenance Organizations, the offer and sale of securities, franchises and off-exchange commodities, and transactions
involving certain fiduciaries and lenders regulated by the Department.
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - CDCR budget, facilities, inmates and
parolees. Responsible for overseeing one of the largest prison populations in the United States, and has more than 36,000 custody staff
that support the 24-hour, seven day-a-week operations.
Department of Education - Teaching, learning and technology; state and school finance and statistical
data; health and nurtition programs; special alternative and continuing education.
Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Responsible for administering state laws regulating
state-licensed financial institutions: banks, credit unions, industrial banks, savings associations, trust companies, offices of foreign
banks, issuers of travelers checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad.
Department of Food and Agriculture - Inspectors examine meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits, dairy and
other foods, to ensure safety and quality; pest eradication teams work to prevent infestations of unwanted pests and disease; international
trade representatives help growers create new markets for their products overseas; and biological control researchers work to discover new,
environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides.
Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) - DHCS works with health care professionals,
county governments and health plans to provide a health care safety net for California's low-income and persons with disabilities.
Department of Insurance (CDI) - CDI assists consumers, aids in the licensing of
insurance agents or brokers, and serves as a source of information on laws that regulate the California insurance industry.
Department of Justice Firearms Division - Conducts eligibility checks for firearms purchases,
issues various special weapons permits, conducts inspections of firearms dealers to ensure compliance with California firearms
laws and policies, regulates gun shows, regulates assault weapon registration, certifies the testing of handguns and firearm safety
devices, and performs other tasks regarding firearm-related matters.
Department of Real Estate - The primary objective of the Department is the protection of the
public interest in regard to the offering of subdivided lands, and the handling of real estate transactions by licensees.
Department of Transportation (Caltrans) - Responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and
operation of the California State Highway System and that portion of the Interstate Highway System within the state's
boundaries. Alone and in partnership with Amtrak, Caltrans is also involved in intercity passenger rail service in California. Also see Caltrans Quickmap which presents several types of real-time traffic information layered on a Google Map.
Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) - DWC monitors the administration of workers'
compensation claims, and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims
for workers' compensation benefits.
Employment Development Department (EDD) - Provides services under the Job
Service, Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance programs; handles the audit and collection of employment taxes
(Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, Employment Training and Personal Income Tax); maintains employment records for more
than 15 million California workers.
Franchise Tax Board - The department that collects state personal income taxes
and bank and corporation taxes for the State of California.
Legislative Counsel - Assists the Legislature, the Governor, and
other state officers by providing legal services relating to the legislative process.
Legislative Counsel: Agency Reports - Provides information about reports by various state
and local agencies that are required or requested to be submitted to the Legislature, the Governor, or both. Information
about the reports is processed by the Legislative Counsel and is updated on a continual basis.
Little Hoover Commission - Created in 1962, the Little Hoover Commission (Milton Marks
"Little Hoover" Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy) is a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to
promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs.
Medical Board - State agency that licenses medical doctors, investigates
complaints, disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate. The Board performs similar functions for affiliated healing arts professions including registered dispensing opticians, spectacle lens
dispensers, contact lens dispensers, licensed midwives, and research psychoanalysts.
Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA) - Charged with developing and implementing a real estate
appraiser licensing and certification program that complied with the federal mandate. OREA's Licensing Division sets the
minimum requirements for education and experience, according to criteria set by the federal government and California law, to
ensure that only qualified persons are licensed to conduct appraisals in federally related real estate transactions. OREA is also
responsible for the accreditation of educational courses and providers for real estate appraisers in California.
Operations Agency - Mission is to improve management and accountability of government programs, increase efficiency, and promote better and more coordinated operational decisions.
Parks and Recreation - Manages more than 270 park units, which contain the
finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.
Public Utilities Commission (PUC) - Regulates privately owned electric, telecommunications,
natural gas, water and transportation companies, in addition to household goods movers and rail safety.
Registry of Charitable Trusts - This web site offers information to assist
you in evaluating solicitations and choosing wisely when responding to charities and commercial fundraisers who must register with the
California Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts and report financial activities annually. By searching the charities
database, you can see if a charity is registered and reporting its activities as required by law.
Resources Agency - Mission: "To restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and
cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect
for all the communities and interests involved."
Secretary of State - The state's chief elections officer is also empowered to
commission notaries public, to charter corporations, to oversee the State Archives,
and to file a host of documents ranging from Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and tax lien information to certificates
of limited partnerships and campaign and lobbyist disclosure information.
Secretary of State Board of Equalization - Tax programs administered by the Board are concentrated in
four general areas: sales and use taxes, property taxes, special taxes and the tax appellate program.
Secretary of State Business Portal - Through this portal find information you need to start
and file a business entity in California. Access information relating to business entity and other statutorily required filings,
trademarks, service marks, UCC financing statements and notary public commissions. See general information, forms,
and fees for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships,
trademarks and service marks, and miscellaneous filings. Additional sections include:
Secretary of State Notary Public - The Notary Public Section is
responsible for certifying to the authenticity of notary public's and public officials' signatures. Responsible for appointing and
commissioning notaries public.
Senate Office of Research (SOR) - Develops public policy initiatives for the California
Senate. Conducts strategic policy planning and evaluates policy initiatives from sources inside and outside government. Assists
members, committees and commissions of the California Senate.
State Library - The main research library for state government, providing reference and
information services to all state government and specialized objective and nonpartisan research services to the Legislature, Governor's office, and other state constitutional officers.
Strategic Growth Plan: Bond Acocuntability - Through bipartisan cooperative action, the
Governor and Legislature have initiated the first phase of a comprehensive Strategic Growth Plan to
address California's critical infrastructure needs over 20 years. California faces over $500 billion in infrastructure needs to meet the
demands of a population expected to increase by 23 percent over the next two decades. In November 2006, the voters approved the first
installment of that 20-year vision to rebuild California by authorizing a series of general obligation bonds totaling $42.7 billion.
Treasurer's Office - The Treasurer is elected statewide every four years. In addition
to being the State's lead asset manager, banker and financier, the Treasurer serves as chairperson or a member of numerous State
authorities, boards and commissions. Also see CDIAC Publications page.
Unclaimed Property Search - This search page will allow you to locate
unclaimed property that already has been sent to the State for safekeeping, as well as property that is about to be sent to the State by a
business as required by law. California state law requires businesses to send to the State any property that has remained in their
possession without any activity on the part of the owner, generally for three years or more.
Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) - An unincorporated,
nonprofit association comprised of all companies licensed to transact workers' compensation insurance in California and has over 400 member
companies. Provides staqtistical data for insurers, agents and brokers, regulators, employers, and others within the insurance community.
Serves as designated statistical agent for California Insurance Commissioner.
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