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Minors banned from using phones while driving, hands free or not

Q: Is it true that minors are never allowed to use cellphones when driving, even with a hands-free device?

A: That is correct. It is against the law for a minor to use a cellphone while driving. Teens are only to use cellphones when the vehicle is safely stopped or parked. If a minor violates this law, he or she will be subject to fines. The only exceptions to this law are in the event that a minor must use a cellphone in an emergency situation to contact law enforcement, a health-care provider, the fire department or other emergency entity.

Q: I have a commercial driver license and want to apply for a Hazardous Materials endorsement for which I need a background check. Where do I start first, with the DMV or with the Federal Transportation Security Administration?

A: When applying for a Hazardous Materials endorsement, it is highly recommended that you start the procedure by submitting all required documentation and fees to the DMV. This will help expedite the procedure and ensure that the process runs smoothly.

For more information, visit DMV.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl29.htm or visit your local field office for a brochure outlining the requirements for obtaining the endorsement.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides the Ask the DMV column to the Town Crier on a monthly basis. To submit a question, email Jillianne Luong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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