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California Driver Handbook - Secretary’s Message


California Driver Handbook - Secretary’s Message

Photo of Brian P. Kelly, Secretary of California State Transportation Agency

Dear Fellow Californian,

Our roads and highways allow us to traverse this golden state to conduct business,
visit family and friends, and discover the scenic wonders that make California such a
desirable place to call home. But before we get behind the wheel, we must remember
to put safety first by obeying the rules of the road, avoiding distracted driving, and
refraining from drinking and driving.

Since we share the road with approximately 26 million licensed drivers in California,
we cannot forget that the issuance of a driver license is a privilege that comes
with great responsibility. To fully understand all that is required of each of us, it is
important to carefully study this California Driver Handbook. It is also available
online at and in a convenient downloadable “app” that offers
sample quizzes, instructional videos, and interactive tutorials.

While our cars and trucks are constantly being equipped with new automotive technologies
designed to make driving safer, it still remains our job to keep our eyes on
the road, hands on the wheel, and mind focused on driving. And remember to stay
alert for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Wishing you safe journeys,
Image of Brian P. Kelly, Secretary of California State Transportation Agency Signature

Brian P. Kelly
California State Transportation Agency

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