(626) Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility

Exterior Photo of Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility

Phone:

(760) 768-4000

Address:

1700 East Carr Road
Calexico , CA 92231

Hours:

Monday:
6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday:
6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday:
6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday:
6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday:
6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday:
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday:
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility (CVEF) is proud to serve Imperial County providing safety, service, and security to thousands of residents, commuters, and tourists each day. As a part of the CHP’s Border Division, CVEF services over 1100 square miles of freeways and unincorporated roadways in and around the cities of Calexico, El Centro, Imperial, Ocotillo, Heber, Holtville, Brawley, Westmorland, Calipatria, Winterhaven/Bart, Seeley, Glamis Off-Road Recreational area, and Salton Sea Communities.

We offer a number of Commercial Vehicle traffic safety programs aimed at keeping you and your loved ones safe on the road and on the highways. You can help us by driving defensively, obeying the posted speeds, not driving distracted, and being courteous to other drivers. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

The California Highway Patrol, Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility is located on California S7 in Imperial County along the US/Mexico International border east of the city of Calexico. The primary mission of the Department’s Commercial Enforcement Program is to ensure the safe and efficient operation of commercial vehicles on the California highway system. The dedicated officers and Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialists assigned to this facility work diligently to prevent traffic collisions attributed to mechanical defects or excessive driving hours involving vehicles and drivers subject to California Vehicle Code Section 34500. The Facility maintains operations consisting of four inspection bays and static weight scales to ensure compliance with weight regulations. In 2015, our dedicated officers and inspectors conducted over 30,000 commercial inspections including vehicles transporting hazardous materials.

Two Mobile Road Enforcement (MRE) officers are based at this Facility to supplement our mission. The MRE patrol vehicles are outfitted with all the necessary equipment to conduct roadside inspections of commercial vehicles whose daily routes don’t take them past the inspection facility. The California Highway Patrol believes education is critical to promoting highway safety. In addition to inspections and enforcement, our officers and CVIS’s provide education concerning commercial laws and regulations upon request to trucking companies. The Calexico Commercial Enforcement Facility also hosts a variety of Spanish bilingual community outreach education events in Spanish for our neighbors Mexico and their commercial vehicle industry.

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​On September 1, 2016, Lieutenant Fernando Martinez was assigned as the Commander of the Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility. Lieutenant Martinez oversees the daily operations of the facility and its commercial education and enforcement efforts with a combined staff of officers and commercial vehicle inspection specialists.

 

A Message from the Commander at Calexico CVEF

 

Lieutenant Arturo ProctorOn behalf of the dedicated men and women of the California Highway Patrol Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Web page. Within this site, you will find helpful information about our Area, its structure, its services, and the men and women that serve your local communities.

The Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility has a diverse workforce comprised of sworn CHP officers, and civilian members. Every member is dedicated and responsible for providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the public, businesses, and visitors. Department personnel are paramount assets and through them we strive for excellence and professionalism through partnerships within our community, government entities, and allied agencies. We are constantly developing and participating in proactive community-based strategies in order to promote safe, vital, and healthy communities. You have entrusted us with the education of traffic safety issues, and enforcement of commercial laws and regulations. To prove that we deserve your trust, we voluntarily submitted to an external, objective evaluation of departmental operations by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our Department, Academy, and Communications Centers are proud to be internationally accredited through the CALEA Accreditation Program.

We seek your comments and concerns. You can contact us by calling the Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility office at (760) 768-4000.

​Court Information ​

Tow Information​

The CHP Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Facility uses the following court:

El Centro Superior Court

1625 W. Main St.
El Centro, Ca. 92243
(760) 336-3500

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

​The CHP Calexico Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility tow program includes the following commercial rotation tow companies:

Ashurst Towing

1246 W Ross Rd
El Centro, CA. 92243
(760) 352-8860

Beach and Sons Towing

299 N Earls St
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 352-8009

 

​Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Are pickup trucks required to stop at CHP weigh stations?Are pickup trucks required to stop at CHP weigh stations?<p>​​Section 2813 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) requires every driver of a commercial vehicle to stop and submit the vehicle for an inspection at any location where members of the CHP are conducting inspections and where signs are displayed requiring them to stop. Pickup trucks are included in this requirement, unless a sign specifically states “no pickups.”</p><p>Section 471 CVC defines a pickup truck as a motor truck with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of less than 11,500 pounds, an unladen weight of less than 8,001 pounds, and that is equipped with an open box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length. A “pickup truck” does not include a motor vehicle—otherwise meeting the above definition—that is equipped with a bed-mounted storage compartment unit commonly called a “utility body.”</p>
Can I get a copy of a CHP investigated collision report at any CHP office?Can I get a copy of a CHP investigated collision report at any CHP office?<p>​Yes. Any CHP office will be able to get a copy of a CHP collision report or arrange for one to be mailed to your address.</p><p>For example, if you live in Los Angeles and were involved in a collision in Redding, California, you can go into any CHP office in Southern California and have them obtain a copy of your collision report from the Redding CHP office, or arrange for the collision report to be mailed to your home or business address.</p>
Does my semitrailer need side skirts?Does my semitrailer need side skirts?<p>​Trailer side skirts and other aerodynamic devices are a greenhouse gas emission requirement regulated by the <a href="https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/trailers/trailers.htm">California Air Resources Board</a> (CARB). Information is available on the CARB tractor-trailer greenhouse gas web page. You can also call (866) 634-3735 for more information.</p>
How do I get a Commercial Citation signed off?How do I get a Commercial Citation signed off?<p>​<a href="#">Contact your local CHP Area Office </a>for availabilty and appointments. </p>
How do I get a VIN inspection/verification? How do I get a VIN inspection/verification? <p>​An appointment is required, and certain documents must be brought to the appointment by the vehicle owner. </p><p>Call <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=ba6245fa-99af-41be-867f-f9f16cb25740">your local CHP Area office </a>to obtain further details and schudule an appointment. </p>
How do I get help with a Child Safety Seat?How do I get help with a Child Safety Seat?<p>​You can contact <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=ba6245fa-99af-41be-867f-f9f16cb25740">your nearest CHP Area Office</a>, and schedule an appointment for assistance.  </p>
How do I obtain a California vehicle registration trip permit?How do I obtain a California vehicle registration trip permit?<p>​There are several sources for obtaining registration trip permits. Trip permit information is available on the <a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/trucks/registration.htm">California Department of Transportation Legal Truck Access</a> web page.</p>
How do I request a correction on a commercial vehicle inspection conducted by the CHP?How do I request a correction on a commercial vehicle inspection conducted by the CHP?<p>​Corrections to inspections must be requested by using the DataQs process. The DataQs process is administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and must be submitted through the <a href="https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/">FMCSA DataQs</a> web page.</p>
How much does the CHP charge for a copy of a collision report?How much does the CHP charge for a copy of a collision report?<p> </p><p>​​The CHP charges only a nominal fee to cover reproduction costs (To determine the cost of your report, please contact the CHP office where the report was filed). The CHP charges the following for collision reports:</p><ul><li>$10.00 — 01 - 25 pages</li><li>$20.00 — 26 - 50 pages</li><li>$30.00 — 51 - 75 pages</li><li>$40.00 — 76 - 100 pages</li><li>$10.00 — Over 100 - for each additional 25 pages or portion thereof </li></ul><p>**There is no extra charge for handling or mailing. Your personal check or money order must be sent with your request and made out to the California Highway Patrol. Please place the report number on your check, if you know it. NO CASH PLEASE if you are requesting the report by mail.  We do not accept Credit or Debit cards at this time. </p><p> </p>
I got a “fix-it” ticket, now what do I do?I got a “fix-it” ticket, now what do I do?<p>​On the backside of the citation are instructions. Follow these instructions and correct any violations as soon as possible.</p>
I have a truck tractor equipped with an engine manufactured prior to 2007. Do I need a permit to enter California with my older truck tractor?I have a truck tractor equipped with an engine manufactured prior to 2007. Do I need a permit to enter California with my older truck tractor?<p>​Emissions standards are regulated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Information is available on the the <a href="http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm">CARB Diesel Truck Information</a> web page. You can also call (866) 634-3735 for more information .</p>
If I’m driving a rental truck, do I need to enter the scales?If I’m driving a rental truck, do I need to enter the scales?<p>​YES, provided the scales are open.</p>
Is my vehicle registered properly for the weight I’m carrying?Is my vehicle registered properly for the weight I’m carrying?<p>​If your truck weighs 10,001 lbs or more, follow this link: <a href="https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/reg/reg4008">https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/reg/reg4008,</a><br>complete the form, and turn it into the DMV.</p>
My car was towed. How do I get it released? My car was towed. How do I get it released? <p>​While there are many reasons that a vehicle may be towed by the CHP, all will fall into one of two categories: "<strong>Stored</strong>" or "<strong>Impounded</strong>": </p><p><br><strong>Stored Vehicles </strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">Vehicles stored by the CHP can be retrieved directly from the tow company by the registered owner or his/her agent. Some examples of "stored" vehicles include:</p><ul dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><li>Vehicle involved in a traffic collision, and cannot be driven from the scene.</li><li>Vehicle left parked on a freeway in excess of four hours.</li><li>Vehicle left parked blocking a lane or creating a traffic hazard.</li></ul><p><br><strong>Impounded Vehicles</strong><br>Vehicles impounded by the CHP require a release from the office that caused it to be impounded. Tow companies will not release the vehicle unless they are directed to by the CHP. Common examples of "impounded" vehicles include:</p><ul><li>Vehicles towed because the driver did not have a valid Driver License.</li><li>Vehicles towed as part of an investigation where further examination is necessary.</li><li>Vehicles without valid paid registration.</li></ul><p><br>If you are unsure of why your vehicle was towed or where it was towed to, please contact the office that caused your vehicle to be towed for more information.</p>
What is a Motor Carrier Permit (MCP)? What is a Motor Carrier Permit (MCP)? <p>​​A Motor Carrier Permit (MCP) is a document issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as evidence of registration of a motor carrier's Carrier Identification Number (CA#), and shows the carrier has met all statutory requirements to commercially operate motor vehicles on California's highways. The Carrier Identification Number (CA#) is issued by the California Highway Patrol.</p><p>Top apply for an MCP, please visit: <a href="https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vehindustry/mcp/mcpfaq">https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vehindustry/mcp/mcpfaq</a>.</p>
What vehicles need to enter the scales?What vehicles need to enter the scales?<p>​Any vehicle that is placarded with haz-mat & all trucks except “pick-up trucks” as defined in §471 of the California Vehicle code.</p>
What’s a “CA #” & how do I apply for it?What’s a “CA #” & how do I apply for it?<p>​This link can answer all of those questions:</p><p><a href="https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vehindustry/mcp/mcpfaq">https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vehindustry/mcp/mcpfaq</a>.</p>
Where can I obtain commercial driver's license information?Where can I obtain commercial driver's license information?<p>​Driver's licenses are issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Please visit the <a href="https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/commercial/commercial">DMV Commercial Driver License Information</a> web page for more information.</p>
Where can I obtain current road condition information?Where can I obtain current road condition information?<p>​The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) road condition telephone hotline is (800) 427-ROAD (7623). Please visit the <a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi">Caltrans Highway Conditions Information</a> web page for more information.</p>
Where can I obtain information about commercial vehicle size limitations?Where can I obtain information about commercial vehicle size limitations?<p>​Size limitations for vehicles operating on public roads are outlined in the <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayexpandedbranch.xhtml?tocCode=VEH&division=15.&title=&part=&chapter=&article=">California Vehicle Code</a>. The California Department of Transportation is responsible for the issuance of permits for extralegal loads. Permit information is available on the <a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/trucks/">Caltrans Legal Truck Access</a> web page.</p>
Where can I obtain information about the transportation of hazardous waste?Where can I obtain information about the transportation of hazardous waste?<p>​Hazardous waste is regulated by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Information is available on the <a href="http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/Transporters.cfm">DTSC Hazardous Waste </a>web page.</p>
Where can I obtain information about the transportation of regulated medical waste?Where can I obtain information about the transportation of regulated medical waste?<p>​Medical waste is regulated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Information is available on the <a href="https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/medicalwaste/Pages/Transporters.aspx">CDPH Medical Waste Transporters</a> web page.</p>
Where can I obtain information about vehicle registration?Where can I obtain information about vehicle registration?<p>​​Vehicle registration is issued by the the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Please visit the <a href="https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/vr">DMV Vehicle Registration</a> web page for more information.</p>
Where can I obtain information on the use of tire chains? Where can I obtain information on the use of tire chains? <p>​The California Department of Transportation has several web pages which provide information on the use of tire chains and traction devices: </p><ul><li><p><a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/chcontrl.htm">Winter Driving Tips - Chain Controls</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/trucks/chains.html">Commercial Vehicle Operations - Chains</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/mtce/graphics/ChainChart.pdf">Caltrans Chain Chart</a></p></li></ul>
Which model year trucks comply with California emissions regulations?Which model year trucks comply with California emissions regulations?<p>​Emissions standards are regulated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Information is available on the the <a href="http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm">CARB Diesel Truck Information</a> web page. You can also call (866) 634-3735 for more information.</p>

​Commercial Industry Education Program

 

The Commercial Industry Education Program (CIEP) offers free educational safety seminars for commercial drivers, carriers, and drivers of passenger vehicles. These seminars identify actions drivers can take to avoid a collision, specific tips on sharing the road with other vehicles, and an outline of basic rules of the road. Presentations vary from one hour to eight hours and are offered at no expense to the carriers. Carriers have the option of receiving the presentations at their facility or at another agreed upon location. Presentations can also be tailored to suit the needs of the carriers, including presentations provided in Spanish.

 

CHP Commercial Enforcement Personnel provide informational seminars on many specific topics, including:

 

• Maintenance inspection (pre-trip and level 1) procedures
• Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT)
• Hazardous materials transportation requirements
• Hours of Service
• Controlled substance and alcohol testing requirements
• Insurance requirements and fraud awareness
• Size and weight requirements and issues
• Rules of the road and driver safety tips


In addition to these specific information seminars, all CIEP classes include general information anyone in the commercial trucking industry should be aware of. This information includes:


• Vehicle/carrier inspection requirements and procedures
• Size and weight requirements
• Understanding Out-of-Service criteria
• Rules of the road/driver safety
• Commercial enforcement personnel
• Understanding CVSA inspection sticker issuance

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A California Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist inspects all commercial vehicles coming into the 22 CHP Inspection Facilities in California. They verify the driver is safe, with current licenses and permits for the loads they're carrying, and that the vehicle they're in is both proper for their cargo, and safe while on the road - the road shared by more than 30 million California residents.

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Motor Carrier Specialist


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Motor Carrier Specialists work throughout the state conducting inspections of motor carrier truck and bus operations. These inspections are conducted at terminal and principle place of business locations and include in-depth inspections of commercial vehicles, driver records, maintenance records, controlled substances and alcohol testing records, and records related to hazardous materials transportation, to determine compliance with state and federal requirements. Motor Carrier Specialists prepare in-depth comprehensive written reports of inspection findings in an effort to increase compliance in the interest of public safety.

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Rarely will you ever get a chance to meet the hundreds of people who call for help, yet they'll depend on your v ice, your directions, and your knowledge to get through an emergency. No day is ever routine - one call may be a minor traffic accident, while the next is a frantic voice screaming for help. Both will be depending on your calm, firm voice and direction until help can arrive. Using state-of-the-art equipment and training, you'll provide the excellent service and security people have come to expect from the California Highway Patrol.

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