IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
THE CALIFORNIA FOOD HANDLER
CARD LAW (SB 602)
FOOD HANDLER CARDS/ TESTS
All food handlers are required by San Diego County Code to possess either a valid food handler card issued by a county-authorized food handler training school or a County of San Diego food handler test administered by the current food safety manager who has passed a state-approved food safety certification exam.
To find an upcoming food handler class, please contact the food handler training school directly.
FOOD HANDLER CARD RENEWALS
Food handler cards are valid for 3 years, and can be renewed by taking a short exam and paying a renewal fee at one of our offices between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Please note that you will be required to present your ORIGINAL food handlers card and a picture ID in order to take the exam.
5500 Overland Ave, 1st Floor, San Diego, CA 92123
151 Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078
Certified Food Safety Manager
In addition to the County's food handler training requirement there is also a state requirement for a certified food safety manager. State law requires each food facility to have at least one owner/ employee that has passed a state-approved food safety certification exam. Each certification is applicable to only one facility. These certificates are valid for 5 years and must be renewed. The state-approved exams are:
ServSafe / National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Phone: (800) 765-4842 Website: http://www.nraef.org
Experior Assessments aka Thompson Prometrics
Phone: (800) 624-2736
Phone: (888) 360-8764
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
Phone: (619) 885-5522 or (800)446-0257
Foodhandler Training requirements under San Diego County Code
Foodhandler training schools list (County authorized)
Foodhandler Booklet (English)
Foodhandler Booklet (Spanish)
Foodhandler Booklet (Chinese)
Foodhandler Booklet (Vietnamese)
General Information: (858) 505-6654
General Information in Spanish: (858) 505-6652
Recorded List of Approved Food Handler Training Providers: (858) 505-6927
If you have any questions regarding the food handler program, please call (858) 505-6900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org