Highway Patrol, California

California Highway Patrol (CHP)

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

General Information: 800-835-5247

Frequently Asked Questions

  • First attend to the medical needs of anyone involved. Call 911 if necessary-but remember that 911 is for emergencies only.
  • When there are no injuries, move your vehicle out of traffic to the nearest place of safety.
  • Notify the Department of the California Highway Patrol or the police department of the city in which the collision occurred.
  • Exchange driver license, vehicle registration, and insurance information with the other driver or drivers.
  • Do not accept or place any blame. Your insurance company has people trained to determine who is at fault.
  • Gather contact information from possible witnesses.
  • Take a moment to write down details of the collision, such as time of day, traffic conditions, weather conditions, and the events that led up to the collision.
  • Remember, vehicle collisions are not accidents. An alcohol related vehicle collision is just that, a vehicle collision, because the term "accident" implies that these collisions, deaths, and injuries are unavoidable. In fact, alcohol related collisions are predictable and preventable because drinking and driving is the conscious choice of the driver. Never drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking. Please be responsible.

Related Links

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Describes the CHP's enforcement policies, gives driver safety tips, and tells history. https://www.chp.ca.gov/

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Traffic. For up-to-date information on current road conditions, choose from a list of CHP Communication Centers from the drop-down menu below left. Refine ... https://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) keeps motorists informed with up-to-date information on highway and road safety. View our press releases below to read ... https://www.chp.ca.gov/news-alerts

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California Highway Patrol Programs & Services. Our motto is "Safety, Service, and Security." Read about how we provide those features to Californians here ... https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services

Contact Us

... injuries, and property damage. One of the primary factors in accomplishing this mission is communication with the people of California. Here's how to contact ... https://www.chp.ca.gov/home/contact-us

CHP Careers

California Highway Patrol Careers ... CHPCareers_Pic2, https://www.chp.ca.gov/ PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=192, CHPCareers_Pic2. https://www.chp.ca.gov/chp-careers

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Find an Office. The CHP has Area Offices, Inspection Facilities, and Communication & Dispatch Centers throughout the state. To locate your nearest Area Office, ... https://www.chp.ca.gov/find-an-office

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​Before You Apply. 1.) Check out the CHP map >>CLICK HERE<<. 2.) Check out the test schedule >>CLICK HERE<<. 3.) You will take the Physical Abilities ... https://www.chp.ca.gov/chp-careers/officer