(295) Amador

Amador Office


(209) 418-6200


301 Clinton Road
Jackson , CA 95642-2663


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

The Amador Area Office of the California Highway Patrol is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, in scenic Amador County.  During the Gold Rush, over half of the gold mined in California came from Amador County, which quickly became known as the “Mother Lode.”  The County encompasses over 600 square miles with a population of approximately 38,000 people.  The elevations range from approximately 250 to over 9,000 feet above sea level.  There is a vast array of terrains and landscapes within the county, from rolling grasslands to snow covered mountain peaks.

One of the unusual features of Amador County is there are no freeways.  With approximately 126 miles of State Highways and 410 miles of county-maintained roadways, we have adapted our approach to vehicle code enforcement.  The majority of the roads are two-lane mountainous roadways, typically with snow during the winter months above the 2,000-foot level.  The make-up of the local economic base includes tourism, mining, timber, retail, livestock, a growing wine industry and two casinos.  The county has several large lakes for summer recreation and fishing, and numerous off-road vehicle use areas.  State Highway 88, which traverses a large portion of Amador County, is also the main corridor to the Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort.  Finally, the Area is rich in historical communities of the by-gone Gold Rush era, such as Sutter Creek, which still has an active working gold mine, and Dry Town.

A Message from the Commander:

On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the California Highway Patrol, Amador Area, I would like to welcome you to our official webpage.  Within this site, you will find helpful information about our Area, including court and tow information, services we offer, links to Social Media, and other resources available from the men and women that serve your local communities.

The Amador Area has a diverse workforce comprised of 24 sworn officers and three civilian employees.  Every member is dedicated and responsible for providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the public, businesses, and visitors.  As the commander, it is my goal to ensure our staff provides respect and professionalism with evert contact they make.  The officers you see daily are highly trained, experienced professionals who share a common goal of ensuring your safety and protecting the community they serve.  We also work closely with our local allied agencies safety partners to further enhance public safety.  Whether you live within Amador County, or are in town visiting our local restaurants, wineries, casinos, or the local ski resort, CHP officers are on patrol 24-hours a day, seven days a week to keep you safe.

We always welcome your concerns and requests for service.  You can contact us by calling the Amador Area office at (209) 418-6200.  Thank you for your ongoing support in making your roadways and communities safer.

Todd Thibodeau, Lieutenant
CHP Amador Area

Contact your local CHP officer:

​Benjamin Ibarra
Public Information Officer
(209) 418-6200

Amador Area Court Information

The Amador CHP Area office uses one central court for traffic and criminal cases:

Amador Superior Court
500 Argonaut Lane
Jackson, CA 95643

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Amador Area Tow Information

The Amador CHP Rotation tow program includes the following tow companies:

Amador Tow and Recovery             Jack's / Brusatori's               Finch Body Shop

22588 Hwy 88                                    4 W. Ridge Road                    313 West Jackson Street

Pioneer, CA 95666                             Sutter Creek, CA 95685         Ione, CA 95640

209-295-5270                                     209-267-5990                         209-274-2266


Up Country Towing                          

27255 Hwy 88                                    

Pioneer, CA 99566                             




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​Frequently Asked Questions



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.<br> <br>For example, if you live in Los Angeles and were involved in a collision in Amador, you can go into any CHP office in Southern California and have them obtain a copy of your collision report from the Amador CHP office or arrange for the collision report to be mailed to you.<br></p>
How do I find out about Start Smart Classes for Teenage Drivers?How do I find out about Start Smart Classes for Teenage Drivers?<p>​<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=ba6245fa-99af-41be-867f-f9f16cb25740">Contact your nearest CHP Office</a> or the <a href="#C4">Amador Area Public Information Officer</a> for upcoming Start Smart Classes.<br></p>
How do I get a Commercial Citation signed off?How do I get a Commercial Citation signed off?<p>​<a href="/find-an-office">Contact your nearest CHP Office</a> for availability and appointments.<br></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.  <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=ba6245fa-99af-41be-867f-f9f16cb25740">Contact your nearest CHP office </a>or the <a href="#C4"> Amador Area Public Information Officer</a> obtain further details and to schedule an appointment.<br></p>
How do I get help with a Child Safety Seat?How do I get help with a Child Safety Seat?<p>​<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=ba6245fa-99af-41be-867f-f9f16cb25740">Contact your nearest CHP Office</a> or the <a href="#C4"> Amador Area Public Information Officer</a> and schedule an appointment for assistance.<br></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> or <a href="https://roads.dot.ca.gov/">https://roads.dot.ca.gov</a> for more information on the road conditions where you are headed. </p><div><p>Click on <a href="https://dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips">https://dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips</a> for useful driving tips for snow travel and <a href="https://dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips/chain-controls">https://dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips/chain-controls</a> for information about chain requirements and installation tips.<br></p></div>

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