Golden Gate Division


(707) 917-4300


1551 Benicia Road
Vallejo , CA 94591


8:00 - 5:00
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8:00 - 5:00
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The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Golden Gate Division serves as the CHP command center for the greater San Francisco Bay Area comprised of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. CHP - Golden Gate Division oversees eleven Area offices (CHP-Contra Costa, CHP-Dublin, CHP-Hayward, CHP-Marin, CHP-Napa, CHP-Oakland, CHP-Redwood City, CHP-San Francisco, CHP-San Jose, CHP-Santa Rosa, and CHP-Solano), three Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities (CHP-Cordelia CVEF, CHP-Mission Grade CVEF, and CHP-Nimitz CVEF), a consolidated Communications Center, and an Air Operations Unit. Each office and CVEF was strategically placed to provide the best and most efficient service to the people of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to provide the highest level of safety, service and security, consistent with the Department's goals, to those who live and drive within the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as to assist our local allied law enforcement agencies when requested.

Welcome from the Chief


As Commander of the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Division, it is my responsibility to oversee all CHP operations within the nine Bay Area counties. As a Division, our goal is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to everyone that travels on our roadways, and to ensure that the level of service the public has come to expect from the CHP does not waver. I have spent my career serving communities across the great state of California, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that service in this position.

    Chief Don Goodbrand




​The Bay Area  |  CHP - Golden Gate Division


The San Francisco Bay Area is a unique and busy metropolitan area that brings many challenges to both the motoring public and the CHP officers who patrol it. With the Bay Area being a major tourist area and host to many different events, traffic volumes on freeways fluctuate on any given day. Patrol officers provide traffic enforcement and general law enforcement services to millions of motorists on extensive highway structures that include interstate freeways, U.S. Routes, State Routes, highways, and expressways. Interstate transportation of commerce, recreational travel, and the overall traffic volume acts as large contributors to the Bay Area's economy and its transportation issues. In order to facilitate these transportation issues, the Bay Area has engineered one of the most complex freeway and highway systems throughout the state.



In order to accomplish our mission, our CHP personnel are committed to our organizational values of respect for others, fairness, ethical practices, and equitable treatment for all who serve. This is the foundation of our pledge to public safety and service. Our personnel must be highly trained as they are called upon to patrol the metropolitan elevated freeway structures and bridges; as well as, the rural farming and agriculture communities. Eight toll bridges, more than any other CHP Division in the state, are the arteries that move the lifeblood of commercial and commuter vehicles over the bays. The CHP accepts the responsibility for the efficiency of vehicular travel upon freeways and the service to its motoring public to ensure their utmost protection.



Golden Gate Division takes this challenge completely, focusing enforcement of the California Vehicle Code, particularly in areas of speed, safety belt/child restraints, and driving under the influence. In addition to enforcement, officers patrol state properties and educate the motoring public on the state traffic laws through community events and the installation of child restraints as a means to maintain and emphasize traffic safety. When our education programs fail to gain compliance, our proactive enforcement serves as a reminder to obey the law. Officers assigned to road patrol duties, vigorously enforce the California Vehicle Code to modify unlawful behavior and enhance traffic safety for all motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Inspection facilities are in constant operation focusing enforcement of laws, regulations, and rules as they relate to the safe operation of commercial vehicles and drivers. Answering "911" calls, assisting allied agencies, and dispatching officers is the great responsibility that rests on our sole Communications Center. Our officers are dispatched into some of the most dangerous streets in California to assist with civil disturbances, natural and manmade disasters, and incidents needing additional emergency law enforcement responses. The intention of Golden Gate Division is to keep you safe on the road, twenty four hours a day, seven days per week, and through all four seasons of the year by providing the highest levels of safety, service, and security. ​



Can I file a traffic collision report online? Can I file a traffic collision report online? <p>​At this time, we are unable to accept reports online. We are diligently working to improve technology, and are exploring options to accept reports in the future.</p><p>You may visit any CHP office anywhere in California to file a traffic collision report, regardless of where the collision occurred.</p>
How do I apply to become a CHP Officer? How do I apply to become a CHP Officer? <p>​Visit our <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=bf286d8c-307c-4d58-bab3-32afee989d09">"Become a CHP Officer" page </a>for more information and to submit your application online!</p>
How do I report a speeding/traffic issue? How do I report a speeding/traffic issue? <p>​You can report a traffic issue in one of two ways:</p><ul><li> By visiting the office nearest your location in person and detailing your traffic complaint to the watch officer.</li><li> By calling the office nearest to the problem location via telephone, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.</li></ul>
How long does my child need to ride in a child passenger restraint system (car seat)? How long does my child need to ride in a child passenger restraint system (car seat)? <p><strong>​All children must ride in an appropriate car seat or booster seat until they reach age 8, or are at least 4 feet, 9 inches in height.</strong><br> Once a child has reached the above threshold, they may ride without a car seat using a standard seatbelt. However, the CHP encourages you use your best judgment when deciding to take the child out of a car seat or booster. If the seatbelt does not fit the child appropriately (i.e.: crossing the child's neck, sitting across the abdomen instead of the hips, etc.), we recommend you keep your child in a booster seat until they are tall enough to ride safety without it.<br> When in doubt, schedule a car seat inspection at any of our CHP offices for free!</p>
I received a ticket. What do I do now? I received a ticket. What do I do now? <p>​The CHP issues three types of tickets, which can be identified by the form number at the top left of the citation:</p><ul><li> ​<strong>Traffic Citation (CHP 215)</strong><br>Once issued, a traffic citation can only be handled through the court specified at the bottom of the form. If the citation includes a mechanical violation to be corrected, it may be brought to any CHP office, police department, or sheriff's office for certification. CHP does not charge for this certification, and no appointment is required.</li></ul><ul><li> <strong>Mechanical or Equipment Citation (CHP 281)</strong><br>A correctable mechanical or equipment citation points out a fault or discrepancy with your vehicle. The violation must be corrected and verified by any law enforcement officer before being returned to the issuing office. The issuing office address is listed on the back of the citation. Postage is required if sending through US Mail.<br>Violations must be certified as corrected and returned to the issuing office within 30 days. If the violation is not resolved, it will be converted into a traffic citation and will be forwarded to the local court for processing.</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Parking Ticket (CHP 267)</strong><br>Once issued, any correspondence or payment of fines for a CHP-issued parking citation can only be handled through the Parking Citation Center listed at the bottom of the form.</li></ul>

Did you know...​

The California Highway Patrol uses a boat to patrol the waters of the San Francisco Bay. The boat crew is tasked with checking under bridges for suspicious activities. They are also responsible in preventing pleasure boats from entering the Bay Bridge demolition zone.


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Are you looking for a way to make a positive difference in your community as a CHP Officer or Public Safety Dispatcher? You can contact Officer Miguel Camarena at with questions regarding a career with the California Highway Patrol or go to and apply today.



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