California Towing Laws

CHP Officers Since Eyers Hitch Center Inc. is located in California, I have detailed the California towing laws from our state's Vehicle Code for my customers.

If you live or drive through a different state, here's a great website resource for checking your particular towing laws:


You need to be aware of and follow the laws in your home state, and the states you plan to travel through when you take any trip with your tow rig. Ignorance of the law has never been an effective excuse when you are handed a ticket for infringement of a road rule.

Here are the basic California laws for towing. Your state may have slightly different laws.

California Vehicle Code Towing Sections

The installation of all the safety and hitching equipment for towing is strictly controlled by law. Thatís why it is so important that you have a qualified installer help you with the selection and installation of your hitch system.

It is unlawful for any reputable hitch installer to install any hitch on your vehicle that does not qualify for your particular towing situation (of which he is aware).

Knowing the laws of the state you are towing in is important for your towing safety. The unpleasant truth of the matter is that if you are stopped by a police officer or are in an accident, and the officer determines you are towing with the wrong or substandard equipment for your towing needs, you can be held criminally negligent and liable for any injuries and damage that you are involved in. Please take care out there.

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