Health Department

Food Handler/Manager Permits

  • All food service employees in Independence are required to obtain a Food Handler Permit.
  • All food service managers in Independence are required to obtain a Food Service Manager Permit.
  • Food establishments must have at least one permitted Food Service Manager on duty at all times.

You may pre-register for a class with a credit/debit card by using the online system or by calling (816) 325-7803. Food Handler (not Manager) Permits can be renewed online without attending a class if you have previously had an Independence Food Handler Card. Additionally, computers are available at the Independence Health Department at 515 S. Liberty Street in Independence to pre-register/renew and pay by credit/debit card, cash, check or money order.

Important Information Regarding Classes

All classes are held at:
Independence Health Department
515 S. Liberty Street
Independence, MO 64050

Classes start promptly at scheduled time. No one will be admitted after the class has started. Please verify you know where we are located, arrive early, and bring a photo ID. No refunds will be issued.

Classes will be canceled if the Independence Schools are canceled due to inclement weather.

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Food Handler Permits

Classes last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and cost $15.

Participants receive a Food Handler Permit after successfully passing a written test. These permits are valid for three years and may be renewed online or at the Independence Health Department.

Classes in English

Pre-registration is required.

View class schedule and pre-register

Classes in English are held on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Additionally, there is an 8:30 am class on the third Wednesday of each month.

Classes in Spanish (Clases en Espanol)

El Departamento de Salud de Independence daráclases en español el primer y tercer martes de cada mes a las 08:30hrs de lamañana sobre el manejo de alimentos. Lleve con usted identificación emitida porlos Estados Unidos o su tarjeta de Seguro Social. Llame al (816) 325-7803 para obtener más información o si tiene otras preguntas.

Classes in Chinese (Mandarin)

1st Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am. Pre-registration is not required. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. to register.

Food Service Manager Permits

(Health Department class is in English Only)

Pre-registration is required.
Classes are four hours in duration and the cost is $30.00.

View class schedule and pre-register

Participants receive a Food Managers Permit after successfully passing a written test. These permits are valid for three years and are not renewable.

We do not have vending machines available but outside food and/or drinks may be brought into the classroom.

Duplicate/Replacement Cards, Reciprocity, and Alternate Training

Duplicate/Replacement Permit

Please bring your picture ID and $5 to the Independence Health Department.

Regional Food Handler Reciprocity Agreement

The Food Handler Reciprocity Agreement allows the acceptance of food handler training cards, amongst six local public health agencies including Independence (Cass County, Clay County, Platte County, Jackson County and Kansas City, Missouri) without a transfer fee.

Jurisdiction

Previous Requirement

Updated Requirement*

Cass County Health Department

816-380-8425

Cass County photo Food Handler card

Any of the six jurisdictions’ card and photo ID

Clay County Health Department

816-595-4350

Clay County photo Food Handler card

Any of the six jurisdictions’ card and photo ID

Independence, MO Health Department

816-325-7803

Independence Food Handler card

Any of the six jurisdictions’ card

Jackson County Environmental Health Division

816-847-7073

Jackson County State Food Safety Online Certificate or Independence Food Handler card

Any of the six jurisdictions’ card or Jackson County State Food Safety Online Certificate

Kansas City, MO Health Department

816-513-6015

Kansas City photo Food Handler card

Any of the six jurisdictions’ card and photo ID

Platte County Health Department

816-858-2412

Platte County photo Food Handler card

Any of the six jurisdictions’ card and photo ID

*Jackson County Environmental Health Division’s (JCEHD) Online State Food Safety Online Certificate is only accepted in that jurisdiction. If food handlers wish to use that training in other jurisdictions, they should contact JCEHD  at 816-847-7073 to take a proctored exam and obtain a Jackson County Food Handler Card or bring the Certificate to Independence Health Department and take a proctored test and pay $5 for a Independence card.

Managers are required to have a separate Food Manager card for each jurisdiction in which they work.

Alternate Training

Alternate training such as a ServSafe certificate is acceptable in place of attending the Health Department class. Please bring your alternate training certificate and picture ID to the Independence Health Department. Food Handler Permits are $15 and Food Service Manager Permits are $30. Permits are valid for a maximum of three years. Permits will expire on the expiration date of the alternate training if it is sooner than three years. We accept the following:

  • Alternate Training for Food Handler Permit
    • State Food Safety
    • ServSafe Starter 
  • Alternate Training for Food Service Manager Permit
    • ServSafe Manager Certification
    • Prometric
    • Safe at the Plate
    • Certified Professional Food Managers, 360training.com
    • Culinary degrees

*A short quiz may be required for transfers and alternate training. This depends upon the source of the transfer or training.