California Driver Handbook

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California Driver Handbook

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Secretary’s Message

Dear fellow Californian,

We have more licensed drivers and registered vehicles than any other state. That means California’s roads pose unique challenges for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. But when we follow the rules of the road and drive with safety in mind at all times, everyone benefits.

That is why this California Driver Handbook is so important. Within these pages – and online at – you will find information and advice to safely travel the roads of our great state. Whether you are a young driver going over this material for the first time or refreshing your knowledge after years of on-the-road experience, I hope you find the contents informative, helpful, and practical.

Yes, California’s traveling environment poses unique challenges – from the coasts to the mountains and everywhere in between. While we may encounter varying conditions as we move throughout the state, the laws on how to reach our destination safely do not.

Please be safe when you’re behind the wheel and remember to put away your smartphone while driving.


California State Transportation Agency

Secretary of California State Transportation Agency David S. Kim