Coastal Division

Bixby bridge


(805) 706-3303


4115 Broad Street, Suite B-10
San Luis Obispo , CA 93401


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



​From the beaches of Santa Cruz to the majesty that is Hearst Castle, from the quaint streets of Solvang to the national pride that is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the CHP's Coastal Division includes some of the most familiar scenes in the United States. The Central Coast's 325-mile landscape on the Pacific Ocean also defines the boundary of Coastal Division's area of responsibility. 

From the seasonal rain and fog to the summertime traffic influx, Coastal Division's transportation system presents many difficult and ever-changing traffic safety issues. These challenges are met daily by Coastal Division's 11 Area offices, one resident post, two commercial vehicle inspection facilities and three communication/dispatch centers. These facilities contain nearly 700 uniformed and non-uniformed employees who share a unified commitment: enforcing safety laws to save lives, servicing the motoring public, and to provide security to state employees and property.

While the patrol officer remains the foundation of the CHP, additional support from various units within Coastal Division augment the CHP's life-saving mission. They are the Commercial Vehicle Unit, Motor Carrier Unit, Investigative Services Unit, Air Operations Unit, Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT), Recruiting, and Public Affairs. These units ensure the safe and efficient operation of commercial and regulated vehicles, recover stolen vehicles and apprehend those responsible for the thefts, provide ongoing education and training of CHP personnel, and implementation of homeland security measures. In addition to airborne traffic enforcement and management, Air Operations provides assistance with search and rescue, criminal surveillance, pursuit intervention, aerial photography, blood and organ transportation, homeland security, and emergency transportation of personnel and equipment. The MAIT Unit conducts in-depth investigations and analyses of major traffic collisions using the physics of collision analysis and reconstruction. The Recruitment Program actively promotes the philosophy that the vitality of the CHP depends upon the successful recruitment of qualified personnel. Finally, public affairs is responsible for developing, coordinating, educating and assessing the impact of traffic safety and outreach programs and assisting the CHP in evaluating public perception of departmental activities.



(726) Gilroy Gilroy12000 South Valley FreewaySan MartinCA95046-9307(408) 427-0740Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities;GP0|#2a980a33-19ca-449b-955d-153877644524;L0|#02a980a33-19ca-449b-955d-153877644524|Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(766) Conejo Conejo4001 US Highway 101Thousand OaksCA91361(805) 498-3853Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities;GP0|#2a980a33-19ca-449b-955d-153877644524;L0|#02a980a33-19ca-449b-955d-153877644524|Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(730) Monterey Communications Center Monterey Communications Center960 East Blanco RoadSalinasCA93901(831) 796-2160Communications & Dispatch Centers;GP0|#316a36ba-ea83-4b88-acee-d00e8bca8b03;L0|#0316a36ba-ea83-4b88-acee-d00e8bca8b03|Communications & Dispatch Centers;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(745) San Luis Obispo Communications Center San Luis Obispo Communications Center675 California BoulevardSan Luis ObispoCA93401805-593-3333Communications & Dispatch Centers;GP0|#316a36ba-ea83-4b88-acee-d00e8bca8b03;L0|#0316a36ba-ea83-4b88-acee-d00e8bca8b03|Communications & Dispatch Centers;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(765) Ventura Communications Center Ventura Communications Center4656 Valentine RoadVenturaCA93003805-477-4174Communications & Dispatch Centers;GP0|#316a36ba-ea83-4b88-acee-d00e8bca8b03;L0|#0316a36ba-ea83-4b88-acee-d00e8bca8b03|Communications & Dispatch Centers;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(720) Santa Cruz Santa Cruz10395 Soquel DriveAptosCA95003-4937(831) 219-0200Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(725) Hollister - Gilroy Hollister - Gilroy740 Renz LaneGilroyCA95020-9584(408) 427-0700Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(730) Monterey Monterey960 East Blanco RoadSalinasCA93901-4419(831) 770-8000Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(735) King City King City2 Broadway CircleKing CityCA93930-3502(831) 387-3800Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(740) Templeton Templeton101 Duncan RoadTempletonCA93465-8720(805) 400-6720Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(745) San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo675 California Blvd.San Luis ObispoCA93401-2507(805) 594-8700Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(750) Santa Maria Santa Maria1710 North Carlotti DriveSanta MariaCA93454-1505(805) 608-6310Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(755) Buellton Buellton166 Industrial WayBuelltonCA93427-9507(805) 691-6160Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(760) Santa Barbara Santa Barbara6465 Calle RealGoletaCA93117-1535(805) 770-4800Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(765) Ventura Ventura4656 Valentine RoadVenturaCA93003-5740(805) 662-2640Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a
(770) Moorpark Moorpark610 Spring RoadMoorparkCA93021-1278(805) 553-0800Offices;GP0|#c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899;L0|#0c2aaa1f8-8a54-41d9-a89b-de197f92d899|Offices;GTSet|#75a87182-5fd5-41e0-81fc-47b8d256952a

​Freque​ntly Asked Questions



At what age can my child ride in the front seat of my vehicle? At what age can my child ride in the front seat of my vehicle? <p>​California law requies all children 8 years of age or younger ride in the rear seat of a vehicle. There are special circumstances which provide exemption from the law. Your child may ride in the front seat if: </p><ul><li><p>Your vehicle has no rear seats. Rear seats are side-facing jump seats.</p></li><li><p>Child safety restraints must never be placed on side-facing vehicle seats. </p></li><li><p>The rear seats are rear-facing seats. </p></li><li><p>The child restraint system cannot be properly installed in the rear seat.</p></li><li><p>For example, your vehicle has lap belts only in the back seat, but there are lap and shoulder belts in the front seat. Your child is 5 and weighs 45 pounds and must ride in a booster seat. The booster seat must be used with a lap and shoulder belt; therefore your child may ride in the front seat. </p></li><li><p>Children under age 7 occupy all rear seats. </p></li><li><p>Medical reason (written by the pediatrician) requires that child not be restrained in the back seat. All children are safer in the back seat, ask another adult to ride with the child in the back. </p></li></ul><p>It is strongly recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that all children ride in the back seat of a vehicle until 13 years of age. </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 become a CHP Public Safety Dispatcher? How do I become a CHP Public Safety Dispatcher? <p>​​Visit our<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=7a6463b6-4bfd-46ab-a9b0-bcef991f11d7"> "Become a Public Safety Dispatcher" page </a>for more information!</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 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>
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>

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