California Driver Handbook - Master Table of Contents

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PDF Version of the California Driver Handbook

Message

New 2014 Laws

Effective September 16, 2014

Where to Write

DMV Information

General Information

Disclaimer

Accurate Identification

Basic Information


The California Driver License

Who Must Have a License?


Obtaining a Driver License

Acceptable Documents

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

Cheating

DMV Examinations


Special Section - Minors

Minors' Permit Requirements

Minors' Permit Restrictions

Minors' Driver License Requirements

Exceptions - Minors Driver License Restrictions

Out-Of-State Minors

Traffic Violations

Actions Against the Provisional Driver License

Minors and Cell Phones


Miscellaneous Licensing Information

To Replace a Lost/Stolen or Damaged Driver License

Name Changes

Driver License Renewals

Renewal by Mail, Internet, or Telephone

Driver License Extension

Driver License in Your Possession

Address Changes

Vision

Medical Information Card

Organ and Tissue Donation

Veteran Benefit Information

Unlicensed Drivers

Diplomatic Driver Licenses

Identification (ID) Cards

Free ID Cards for Physical and Mental (P&M) Conditions

Identification (ID) Card Renewal by Mail or Internet

Driving Schools

Mature Driver Program

Pedestrian Responsibilities


Occupant Protection

Seat Belts

Child Restraint System and Safety Seats

Riding Safely with Airbags

Unattended Children In Motor Vehicles

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

Scanning

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

Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings (Sharrows)

Bicycle Lanes


Turns

Examples of Right and Left Turns

Legal U-Turns

Illegal U-Turns


Parking

Parking on a Hill

Parallel Parking

How to Park

Parking at Colored Curbs

Illegal Parking

Special Parking Rules


Safe Driving Practices

Signaling

Steering

Horn, Headlights, and Emergency Signals

Text Messaging and Cell Phones


Vehicle Positioning

Following Distances

Merging in/Out of Traffic

Passing Other Traffic

Sharing the Road

Large Trucks (Big Rigs) and RVs

Busses, Streetcars, and Trolleys

Light-Rail Vehicles

Emergency Vehicles

Slow-Moving Vehicles

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

Animal-Drawn Vehicles

Motorcycles

Bicycles

Pedestrians Who Are Blind

Road Workers and Work Zones ("Cone Zones")

Double Fine Zones

Move Over and Slow Down

Vehicles with Hazardous Loads

Important Driving Tips

Dealing with Traffic Congestion

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage


Special Driving Situations

Keep Your Car Visible

What is the Road Condition

Curves

Driving in Heavy Traffic

Traffic Speeds

Driving Hazards

Clean Windows And Mirrors

Adjust Seat And Mirrors

What a Driver Should Do During an Enforcement Stop


Handling Emergencies

Mechanical Tips

Collisions Are Not Accidents

Safety Tips


Driver Readiness

Safety for the Aging Driver

Good Vision for All Drivers

Hearing

Alertness

Medications

Hot Weather Risks

Health and Emotions

Conditions Physicians Must Report


Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol/Drugs while Driving is Dangerous

Carrying Alcohol 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

Designated Driver Program


Additional Driving Laws/Rules

Things You Must Not Do:

Things You Must Do:


Administrative

Financial Responsibility

Insurance Requirements

Collisions on Your record

Collisions, Insurance, and Minors

Getting a Ticket

Evading a Police Officer

Points on the Driver Record

Traffic Violator School Convictions

Suspension or Revocation by the DMV

Suspension by Judge

Record Confidentiality

Vandalism/Graffiti - All Ages

Speed Contests/Reckless Driving

Possessing Firearms

Vehicle Registration Requirements

Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips


Driver License Fast Facts and Other Publications

Available Online

Available in Print Only

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