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California Driver Handbook - Master Table of Contents


California Driver Handbook - Master Table of Contents

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PDF Version of the California Driver Handbook


New 2020 Laws

Effective January 1, 2020

DMV Information

Where to Write

General Information


DMV's Function and Vision

Accurate Identification

Basic Information

The California Driver License

Who Must Have a License?

– California Residents

– California Resident Military Personnel (U.S. Armed Forces)

– Nonresident Military Personnel Stationed in California

– New California Residents

– Adults Visiting California

– Safety for the Aging Driver

Obtaining a Driver License


Application Requirements for a Basic Class C Driver License

Adults' Permit Requirements

Adults' Driver License Requirements

Driver License Classes

The Examination Process

Where to Take the Tests

DMV Examinations


Special Section - Minors

Minors' Permit Requirements

Minors' Permit Restrictions

Minors' Driver License Requirements

Exceptions - Minors' Driver License Restrictions

Out-Of-State Minors

Actions Against the Provisional Driver License

– Keeping Your Provisional Driver License

Minors and Cell Phones

Miscellaneous Licensing Information

To Replace a Lost/Stolen or Damaged Driver License

Name Changes

Gender Category Changes

Driver License Renewals

Renewal by Mail or Internet

Driver License Extension

Driver License in Your Possession

Address Changes


Medical Information Card

Organ and Tissue Donation

Veteran Designation and Benefit Information

– How Can I Get The Veterans Designation?

Register to Vote

Unlicensed Drivers

Diplomatic Driver Licenses

Identification (ID) Cards

No-Fee ID Cards

Identification (ID) Card Renewal by Mail or Internet

Driving Schools

Mature Driver Program

Pedestrian Responsibilities

New Technology

Occupant Protection

Seat Belts

Child Restraint Systems and Safety Seats

Riding Safely with Airbags

Unattended Children In Motor Vehicles

Distracted Driving

Hot Weather Risks

Traffic Controls

Traffic Signal Lights

Pedestrian Signal Lights

Traffic Signs

Laws and Rules of the Road

Right-of-Way Rules

Speed Limits

Visual Search


How Well Can You Stop?

Lane Control

Line Colors

Choosing a Lane

Changing Lanes

Passing Lanes

Carpool/High-Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) Lanes

Center Left Turn Lanes

Turnout Areas and Lanes

End-of-Lane Markings

Yield Lines

Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings (Sharrows)

Bicycle Lanes


Examples of Right and Left Turns

Legal U-Turns

Illegal U-Turns


Parking on a Hill

Parallel Parking

Parking at Colored Curbs

Illegal Parking

Special Parking Rules

Safe Driving Practices



– Hand Position

– Controlling the Vehicle

Horn, Headlights, and Emergency Signals

Text Messaging and Cell Phones

Vehicle Positioning

Following Distances

Sharing the Road

Large Trucks (Big Rigs) and Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

Buses, Streetcars, and Trolleys

Light-Rail Vehicles

Emergency Vehicles

Slow-Moving Vehicles

Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV) and Low-Speed Vehicles (LSV)

Animal-Drawn Vehicles



Pedestrians Who Are Blind

Road Workers and Work Zones (Cone Zones)

Double Fine Zones

Move Over and Slow Down

Vehicles with Hazardous Loads

Dealing with Traffic Congestion

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage

Special Driving Situations

Keep Your Car Visible

What is the Road Condition


Driving in Heavy Traffic

Traffic Speeds

Driving Hazards

Clean Windows And Mirrors

Adjust Seat And Mirrors

Tire Safety

Green Driving

Other Dangers

What a Driver Should Do During an Enforcement Stop

Handling Emergencies

Mechanical Tips

Collisions Are Not Accidents

Safety Tips

– On the Freeway

– On Railroad Tracks

Driver Readiness



Fatigued or Drowsy Driving


Health and Emotions

Conditions Physicians Must Report


Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol/Drugs and Driving is Dangerous

Use or Possession of Alcohol or Cannabis Products in a Vehicle

Drivers of All Ages

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits

Admin Per Se

Court DUI Convictions

Drivers 21 and Older—DUI Programs and Restricted Driver Licenses

Additional Driving Laws/Rules

Things You Must Not Do

Things You Must Do



Financial Responsibility

Insurance Requirements

Collisions on Your Record

Collisions, Insurance, and Minors

Getting a Ticket

Evading a Peace Officer

Points on the Driver Record

Traffic Violator School Convictions

Suspension or Revocation

Suspension by Judge

Record Confidentiality

Vandalism/Graffiti—All Ages

Speed Contests/Reckless Driving

Possessing Firearms

Vehicle Registration Requirements

Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips


Online Driver License Fast Facts and Other Publications

Knowledge Test Sample #1

Knowledge Test Sample #2


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