Effective September 25, 2010, all food handlers working in California food facilities must have obtained a food handler card.
State of California Food Handler Card Requirements:
- Food handlers are involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food in a food facility.
- All food handlers must either have a card when hired or obtain a card within 30 days from the date of hire.
- Food handler cards are valid for three years from the date of issuance.
- Each food facility must maintain records documenting that all food handler employees possess a valid food handler card. These records must be provided to the enforcement officer upon request.
The food handler training course and exam can be completed online at: