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What Is in California’s Vehicle Code?

The California Vehicle Code is a rulebook containing all traffic laws

By Chris Micheli, April 18, 2022 6:25 am

The California Vehicle Code is one of 29 Codes that contain state statutes. The Vehicle Code contains 33 Divisions. There are also numerous parts, chapters, and articles containing hundreds of code sections, or individual statutes. The following is a broad overview of the Vehicle Code.

General Provisions [Sections 1 – 32]

There are 34 Sections.

DIVISION 1. WORDS AND PHRASES DEFINED [Sections 100 – 681]

There are 240 Sections.

DIVISION 2. ADMINISTRATION [Sections 1500 – 3097]

There are 8 Chapters and 25 Articles.

DIVISION 3. REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES AND CERTIFICATES OF TITLE [Sections 4000 – 9808]

There are 7 Chapters and 38 Articles.

DIVISION 3.5. REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER OF VESSELS [Sections 9840 – 9928]

There are 3 Chapters.

DIVISION 3.6. VEHICLE SALES [Sections 9950 – 9993]

There are 4 Chapters.

DIVISION 4. SPECIAL ANTITHEFT LAWS [Sections 10500 – 10904]

There are 7 Chapters.

DIVISION 5. OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING AND BUSINESS REGULATIONS [Sections 11100 – 12217]

There are 14 Chapters and 4 Articles.

DIVISION 6. DRIVERS’ LICENSES [Sections 12500 – 15326]

There are 7 Chapters and 26 Articles.

DIVISION 6.5. MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSACTIONS WITH MINORS [Sections 15500 – 15501]

There is 1 Chapter.

DIVISION 6.7. UNATTENDED CHILD IN MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT [Sections 15600 – 15632]

There are 3 Chapters.

DIVISION 7. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LAWS [Sections 16000 – 16560]

There are 5 Chapters and 9 Articles.

DIVISION 9. CIVIL LIABILITY [Sections 17000 – 17714]

There are 2 Chapters and 5 Articles.

DIVISION 10. ACCIDENTS AND ACCIDENT REPORTS [Sections 20000 – 20018]

There is 1 Chapter.

DIVISION 11. RULES OF THE ROAD [Sections 21000 – 23336]

There are 13 Chapters and 30 Articles.

DIVISION 11.5. SENTENCING FOR DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE [Sections 23500 – 23675]

There are 4 Chapters and 22 Articles.

DIVISION 12. EQUIPMENT OF VEHICLES [Sections 24000 – 28160]

There are 5 Chapters and 44 Articles.

DIVISION 13. TOWING AND LOADING EQUIPMENT [Sections 29000 – 31560]

There are 2 Chapters and 4 Articles.

DIVISION 14. TRANSPORTATION OF EXPLOSIVES [Sections 31600 – 31620]

There are 18 Sections.

DIVISION 14.1. TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL [Sections 32000 – 32053]

There are 2 Chapters/

DIVISION 14.3. TRANSPORTATION OF INHALATION HAZARDS [Sections 32100 – 32109]

There are 10 Sections.

DIVISION 14.5. TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS [Sections 33000 – 33002]

There are 2 Sections.

DIVISION 14.7. FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS [Sections 34000 – 34100]

There are 4 Articles.

DIVISION 14.8. SAFETY REGULATIONS [Sections 34500 – 34520.5]

There are 59 Sections.

DIVISION 14.85. MOTOR CARRIERS OF PROPERTY PERMIT ACT [Sections 34600 – 34672]

There are 6 Chapters.

DIVISION 14.86. Private Carriers of Passengers Registration Act [Sections 34680 – 34693]

There are 14 Sections.

DIVISION 14.9. MOTOR VEHICLE DAMAGE CONTROL [Sections 34700 – 34725]

There are 3 Chapters.

DIVISION 15. SIZE, WEIGHT, AND LOAD [Sections 35000 – 35796]

There are 5 Chapters and 7 Articles.

DIVISION 16. IMPLEMENTS OF HUSBANDRY [Sections 36000 – 36800]

There are 8 Chapters.

DIVISION 16.5. OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES [Sections 38000 – 38604]

There are 6 Chapters and 20 Articles.

DIVISION 16.6. Autonomous Vehicles [Sections 38750 – 38755]

There are 2 Sections.

DIVISION 16.7. REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF BICYCLES [Sections 39000 – 39011]

There are 11 Sections.

DIVISION 17. OFFENSES AND PROSECUTION [Sections 40000.1 – 41610]

There are 9 Chapters and 11 Articles.

DIVISION 18. PENALTIES AND DISPOSITION OF FEES, FINES, AND FORFEITURES [Sections 42000 – 42277]

There are 3 Chapters and 5 Articles.

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