Exam Inquiries

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California Department of Social Services (CDSS) examination announcements are posted on the images on the previous main page and online at the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Applications for all examinations must be submitted on the State Examination Application (Form STD 678). Applications may be obtained at CDSS, CalHR, or at your local employment office. Please submit your examination documents to:

California Department of Social Services
Personnel Bureau, Examinations Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-15-58
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: examinations@dss.ca.gov

Open Examinations are offered to individuals who meet the education and/or experience minimum qualifications required for entrance into the examination.

Promotional Examinations are available for applicants who must have a permanent civil service appointment with the department listed on the examination announcement to apply. In certain situations, other employees (i.e., former department employees or current employees on Temporary Authorization Appointments, Training and Development Assignments and Limited Term Appointments) may be allowed to compete in CDSS examinations under the provisions of Rules 234, 235, and 235.2.