What is the CA seat belt law? California

Seatbelt Law in California

The safety laws in CA are clear-cut and can be found on the DMV website. Basically, everyone must always be buckled up properly with a seat belt.
This means:

  • Passengers may not share car seat belts.
  • You may not put a shoulder belt under your arm.
  • If the seatbelt is not big enough, then you must order an extender.
Additionally, the seat belt law puts some responsibility on the drivers. It says:

Drivers of limos, emergency vehicles, or taxis cannot operate the vehicle with a front-seat passenger, unless the passenger has a car seat belt on.


The car seat belt laws do not apply to people who have a medical condition where they cannot buckle up. These people must carry a letter from the doctor with them.

Pickup Trucks and Seatbelt Law

Unlike some other states, it is illegal to transport people in the back of a pick-up truck in California. If you have a truck with an enclosed camper shell and there are chairs with seat belts installed, then you may carry passengers. Otherwise, the truck bed may not be used to transport people.

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