Cellular Phone Law FAQ (Minors)

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Minors Under 18 Years of Age

Minors (under 18 years of age) ~ VC §23124

(California Vehicle Code Section 23124)

Are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, including a hands-free device, and/or a mobile service device (pagers, texting devices, laptops, etc).


  • Emergency situations, for example: calls to law enforcement, health care provider, fire department, etc.
  • While operating a vehicle on private property.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • May I use a cellular phone with a hands-free device if I am under 18?

  • If I am under 18, can a peace officer stop me if he/she suspects I am using a cellular phone or other mobile service device?

  • Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?

  • Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my cellular phone when driving?

  • If I am emancipated, does the restriction apply to me?

  • If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I use my cellular phone while driving?

  • Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?

  • If my car has a built in hands-free phone feature, may I use it while driving?

  • When did the cellular phone laws take effect?