Food Truck/Vendor – Food Safety Training State Requirements

Around the nation mobile food facilities or mobile food trucks are showing up everywhere: on street corners, at school campuses, in front of businesses, and at special events. Traditionally, food trucks serve basic menus of hamburgers, sandwiches, and tacos typically at construction or agricultural sites.

Similar to fixed retail food facilities, mobile food trucks in are regulated under the provisions of local jurisdictions and are inspected and permitted by the local environmental health agencies, which inspect and permit the trucks annually.

Food Safety Training – State Requirements

Below are the state-specific food safety handler and certified food safety manager regulatory requirements. Most state licensed food establishments require a manager or operator to be certified by an exam or demonstrate knowledge in food safety rules and procedures.

Some states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington) and some local jurisdictions (check with your local health authority) require that Food Handlers take a food safety training course from an ANSI-accredited organization.

For some states or local jurisdictions, food handler re-training and manager re-certification is required more frequently than the normal time. Always check with your local regulatory authority for specific details.

Table: Food Safety Training – State Requirements

The information in the table below is just a guide and believed to be accurate at the time provided. No warranty of accuracy is given. Please check with your local health department or regulatory body within your jurisdiction for the most current information.


  • Certification Exam: State requires mandatory Food Manager Certification Exam.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge: A demonstration of food safety knowledge is required by a food manager. A Certification Exam is the best way to demonstrate that knowledge.
  • County Requirements: There are certain counties that have specific requirements.
  • Training Certificate: State requires mandatory Food Handler Training certificate/card.
  • Recommended: Food Handler Training is recommended, but not required. Requirements may vary per business.
State Food Handler Requirements Food Manager Requirements
Alabama County Requirements Certification Exam
Alaska Training Certificate Certification Exam
Arizona County Requirements County Requirements
Arkansas Recommended Demonstrate Knowledge
California Training Certificate Certification Exam
Colorado Recommended Demonstrate Knowledge
Connecticut Recommended Certification Exam
Delaware Recommended Certification Exam
Florida Training Certificate Certification Exam
Georgia Recommended Certification Exam
Hawaii Recommended Demonstrate Knowledge
Idaho Recommended Certification Exam
Illinois Training Certificate Certification Exam
Indiana Recommended Certification Exam
Iowa Recommended Certification Exam
Kansas County Requirements Demonstrate Knowledge
Kentucky County Requirements County Requirements
Louisiana Recommended Certification Exam
Maine Recommended Certification Exam
Maryland Recommended County Requirements
Massachusetts Recommended Certification Exam
Michigan Recommended Certification Exam
Minnesota Recommended Certification Exam
Mississippi Recommended Certification Exam
Missouri County Requirements County Requirements
Montana County Requirements Certification Exam
Nebraska County Requirements County Requirements
Nevada County Requirements County Requirements
New Hampshire Recommended County Requirements
New Jersey County Requirements Certification Exam
New Mexico County Requirements Certification Exam
New York County Requirements County Requirements
North Carolina Recommended Certification Exam
North Dakota Recommended Demonstrate Knowledge
Ohio Recommended Certification Exam
Oklahoma County Requirements County Requirements
Oregon Training Certificate Demonstrate Knowledge
Pennsylvania Recommended Certification Exam – HACCP
Rhode Island Recommended Certification Exam
South Carolina Recommended Certification Exam
South Dakota Recommended Certification Exam
Tennessee Recommended County Requirements
Texas Training Certificate Certification Exam
Utah Training Certificate Certification Exam
Vermont Recommended Demonstrate Knowledge
Virginia County Requirements Certification Exam
Washington Training Certificate Certification Exam
Washington DC Training Certificate Certification Exam
West Virginia County Requirements County Requirements
Wisconsin Recommended Certification Exam
Wyoming Recommended County Requirements