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What records can be requested and provided?

A public record is defined as a writing that is prepared, owned, used or retained by the Department....

How long will it take to get the information I'm looking for?

The Department will provide a written response within 10 days of the receipt of the request, that...

What fees are associated for responsive documents to be provided?

Most records are electronic, for which there is no charge. You may, however, be charged for the...

How/where do I serve a subpoena?

Contact Caltrans Legal Division: (916) 654-2630

Can I request video of my accident on the freeway?

All of Caltrans cameras on the state right-of-way are continuous loop video, that live feed directly...

What is the Freedom of Information Act and how is it different in California?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies to federal agencies only. Caltrans is a state agency,...

What should I say in my request for records?

Requests for inspection or copying of public records should be specific, focused and not interfere...

How do I view documents in person?

Public records maintained by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are available...

How do I find driver's license or vehicle registration information?

All vehicle registrations and driver's license information is handled through the Department of...

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