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?