California Laws

Graduated Driver’s License
The Provisional License Restrictions for Teens (Vehicle Code 12814.6) has the following stages.
  • Stage 1: Learner’s Permit
    • Must be at least 15 years, 6 months
    • Must pass vision and written test
    • Must have completed a driver education course
    • Must complete 50 hours of driving practice, including 10 at night
    • Permit must be held for at least 6 months
    • Must maintain clean driving record
  • Stage 2: Provisional License
    • Must be at least 16 years old and under 18 years old
    • Must complete behind the wheel training and pass on-road test
    • May drive with no adult present
    • No passengers under age 20 for 1st 12 months, unless a licensed driver aged 25 or older is present
    • No driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. for 1st 12 months unless a licensed driver 25 or older is present
    • Must be held for at least 12 months, or until age 18
    • Must maintain clean driving record
  • Stage 3: Full License
    • Must have no outstanding Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) or court restrictions
    • May drive without restrictions

Cell Phones / Texting
No phone call or text is worth a life; driving requires your full attention. Hands free or not, your crash risk quadruples when you talk on the phone while driving.

Underage Drinking
What is the Zero Tolerance Law? Anyone under the age of 21 operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01% or above will be cited. DMV will suspend your license for 1 to 3 years, penalize you 2 points, and your record will now show an alcohol conviction for 13 years.

Seat Belt Laws
Seat belts are mandatory and are designed to save your life. Buckle up Humboldt, every trip, every time.

Helmet Laws
  • Motorcycle Helmets Use: Please remember many collisions result in head injuries. All operators and passengers are required by law to wear a motorcycle safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.
  • Youth Bicycle Helmets Use: A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.