(255) San Andreas

San Andreas Office


(209) 306-6400 or 1-800-TELL-CHP


749 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas , CA 95249


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 gentle rolling foothills, ranches and towns to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, this region has so much to offer the residents of California.  The San Andreas CHP Area is responsible for all of Calaveras County and a portion of Alpine County.  This region has a pleasant climate, diverse and beautiful landscapes, and the charming historical presence of the Gold Rush since 1849.

The topography of the San Andreas Area varies greatly.  The west end of Calaveras County is a foothill environment comprised of cattle ranches, several reservoirs/lakes and small towns.  As the highways traverse east, toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the elevation rises sharply from 300 feet to over 8,200 feet.  As a result, the area attracts many outdoor enthusiasts to the ski slopes and to enjoy recreation in the snow.  The region’s many lakes and surrounding areas also provide for great fishing and hunting opportunities, as well as thousands of miles of hiking trails to enjoy the great outdoors.

There are roughly 2,000 square miles of land area and approximately 900 miles of state highway and county roads.  State Routes 4, 12, 26 and 49 traverse the area and roadways consist of two lanes with few passing lanes or turnouts.

Commander's Message

Hello and welcome to the California Highway Patrol San Andreas Area website.  The San Andreas CHP Area is specifically responsible for the safety of residents and motorists within Calaveras County and southern Alpine County.  We are proud to serve those who live and travel in these areas and we understand the best way to accomplish our mission of providing the highest level of safety, service, and security is through trusting partnerships with the communities we serve.  

As the commander of the San Andreas CHP Area, I take seriously our responsibility to serve everyone with the upmost respect and professionalism.  The officers you see working are highly trained, experienced professionals who do all within their power to ensure your safety and to protect our communities.  We want to be responsive to your needs and ensure your wellbeing, whether you are traveling the roadways in your own neighborhood, or the county roads and state routes that traverse Calaveras and Alpine counties.  

We welcome your requests for service and emphasize to our personnel the importance of solving problems at a community level.  We hope you have seen the positive results of our efforts and encourage you to let us know if we can be of any assistance.  The CHP’s vision is to be a trusted leader in law enforcement ensuring California is the safest place to live, work, and travel.  Our staff take the CHP’s mission and vision seriously and I want to assure you we are here to protect and serve you.   

Below you will find details about CHP programs, local information, and links to our social media pages.  We hope you find this information helpful and please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (209) 306-6400 with any questions or concerns you may have.  Thank you for your support as we work together to keep our roadways and communities safe!  

Timothy McCollister
Lieutenant Commander
San Andreas Area



Up in the snowhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=136Up in the snow
Working the Butte Firehttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=147Working the Butte Fire
County Welcome Signhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=134County Welcome Sign
Frog Jump Signhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=137Frog Jump Sign
Patrol car in Telegraphhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=138Patrol car in Telegraph
Patrol car by the welcome signhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=139Patrol car by the welcome sign
Patrol vehicle at the Butte Firehttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=149Patrol vehicle at the Butte Fire
Chipper with H-20https://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=144Chipper with H-20
RRF Fall Festivalhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ValleyDivisionSite/PublishingImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=145RRF Fall Festival

​Popular Events & Destinations

• Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee attracts thousands of visitors to the annual event which occurs the third weekend in May.
• Big Trees State Park, known for its groves of Giant Sequoia Redwoods, attracting thousands of visitors each year during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
• Bear Valley Ski Resort, a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders during the winter months.  Winter chain controls are frequent at elevations of 3,000 feet and above.
• Numerous caverns providing unique exploration opportunities, such as:  Mercer Caverns, California Cavern, and the Moaning Cavern.
• Several lakes and reservoirs providing great opportunities for fishing and water recreation, such as:  Camanche Reservoir, New Hogan Lake, Lake Tulloch, New Melones Lake, Lake Alpine, and Spicer Meadow Reservoir.
• A robust wine country with numerous wineries and tasting rooms; remember to always enjoy responsibly and to designate a sober driver.



Does the CHP have an Explorer Program for teens? Does the CHP have an Explorer Program for teens? <p>Yes, click <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=f8ef04b0-826a-4a16-9630-d249c2ae2635">here</a> to Locate an Explorer Post in your area, or contact a recruiter for more information: (916) 843-3275. </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>
What are the current road conditions? What are the current road conditions? <p>​Please visit <a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/">http://www.dot.ca.gov/</a> for more information on the road conditions where you are headed. </p><p>Click on <a href="http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ChainRequire.pdf">http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ChainRequire.pdf</a> for information about chain requirements.</p>

Court and Parking Ticket Information

The San Andreas CHP Area utilizes the following county-specific courts:

Calaveras County Superior Court
400 Government Center Drive
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 754-9800

Alpine County Superior Court
P.O. Box 518
14777 State Route 89
Markleeville, CA 96120
(530) 694-2113

Parking citation information is also county-specific:

Calaveras Parking Enforcement
P.O. Box 459
Angels Camp, CA 95222

All fines due within 21 days of issuance.

Alpine County Parking Agent
P.O. Box 158
Markleeville, CA 96120

All fines due within 21 days of issuance.

​Tow Information

Unless your vehicle was impounded, no release is needed from the San Andreas CHP Area.  If you are unsure if a release is required, you can call our office first or the tow company directly.
Sam Berri Tow
(209) 728-3931

Mach One Towing
(209) 642-0546
3293 Highway 12, Burson Ca 95225

Roadway Conditions

Visit the Caltrans QuickMap website for current information on traffic conditions, roadway closures, chain controls, and other important information regarding State Routes.

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​CHP Programs

The San Andreas Area offers the below services and programs; we welcome you to contact the office for more information.
• Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections
• Child safety seat inspections and installations
• Senior Volunteer Program

Join the CHP

The CHP offers challenging and exciting careers in the field of law enforcement. If you are interested in diversity, challenges, and opportunities, the CHP invites you to apply to become a part of our professional organization.  We have many employment opportunities and invite you to look into the CHP for your future. The Department offers a competitive salary, full medical benefits, and a defined benefits retirement program.  Visit www.CHPcareers.com to join the CHP family!


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