Welcome to the Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind

Our Mission & Vision

December 26, 2017

To whom it may concern,

Thank you for your service to the blind community as licensed Guide Dog Instructors and Schools. Assembly Bill (AB) 1705 was signed into law October 11, 2017 and will take effect January 1, 2018. It repeals the chapter regulating guide dog instruction (Chapter 9.5 commencing with Section 7200 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code). It also establishes a fine and civil penalty for persons who improperly represent (or advertise) themselves as guide dog instructors. Instructors must have knowledge of the special needs of persons who are blind or visually impaired and be able to teach them, be able to train guide dogs such that blind or visually impaired persons would be safe under various traffic conditions, or be employed by a guide dog school certified by the International Guide Dog Federation or successor entity. AB 1705 also requires guide dog schools to submit to the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), on or before September 1 of each year, a list of all trainers or guide dog instructors employed or contracted by the school.

Yearly Filing of Mandatory List of Employees/Contractors

As noted above, AB 1705 requires a yearly filing with the DCA of a list of trainers who are employees or contractors of a guide dog school. Guide dog schools will be responsible for submitting this filing to the DCA Customer Information Center (CIC) Correspondence Unit on or before September 1st of each year. The filings may either be postmarked or delivered electronically to the CIC Correspondence Unit. The contact information for the CIC is included at the bottom of this letter.

Storage of Records and Document Retention

Beginning January 1, 2018, DCA will assume responsibility for the Board’s official documents and records. These records will be stored and/or disposed of appropriately in accordance with DCA’s records and retention policy. If you have specific questions regarding this policy, please contact the CIC Correspondence Unit.

General Inquiries

During and after the transition any questions, complaints and inquiries from consumers, licensees or the general public shall be directed to DCA’s Consumer Information Center. Contact information is provided below.

Department of Consumer Affairs
Consumer Information Center
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-112
Sacramento, CA 95834

Email – dca@dca.ca.gov
Phone – (800) 952-5210


Original Signed By

Dean R. Grafilo
Director, Department of Consumer Affairs

Executive Leadership

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Webpage Alexis Podesta, Secretary and Director, Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency Dean R. Grafilo, Director, Department of Consumer Affairs
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