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Some of the questions most frequently asked questions

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  Is it illegal to use my cellular telephone while I'm driving?
  Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?
  I have a question regarding a ticket that I have received or lost.
  Can motorcycle riders "split" lanes and ride between other vehicles?
  I'm pregnant. The HOV lane requires two persons in a vehicle. Now that I'm eating for two, can I use this lane?
  I will be traveling to California and want to carry my weapon. I currently have a concealed weapon permit. How can I legally transport my weapon while driving through the state?
  How can I find out if it's OK to bring a particular kind of plant or animal into California?
  I have heard that some gangs are initiating new members by driving with their headlights off and when people flash their lights at them, they must shoot the drivers of the cars who do this. Is this true?
  Will California be adopting the new federal drivers' hours of service rules which are now applicable to interstate drivers and if so, how will the new rules affect intrastate drivers (those not subject to the new federal regulations)?
  Is the CHP's Management Information System of Terminal Evaluation Records (MISTER) program available to the general public via the Internet?
  I have a technical question about commercial vehicles and/or school buses. Where can I get an answer?
  What is the 11-99 Foundation, and where can I find out more about it?
  I need a police clearance letter. Where can I get one?
  What is the telephone number to call for current road conditions? Is there a web site which contains this information?
  I have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Do I have to carry / use chains? What do the "R" ratings which are associated with chain requirements mean?
  How do I file a complaint against CHP or one of its employees?
  How do I get a copy of an accident report (in which I was involved)?
  My hybrid has yellow DMV "Clean Air" decals. Are my decals going to expire soon?
  Can I drive by myself in the carpool lane?