Most Frequently Viewed Resources

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

Complain about a law enforcement agency or officer, federal government contracts, government agency, the U.S. Postal Service, government vehicle misuse, reckless driving, or collisions involving a government vehicle.

Car Buyer's Bill of Rights, Dispute with Your Car Dealer?, Motor Vehicle Warranty and Lemon Law.

What happens in the vehicle repossession process.

Reporting to the DMV and talking to your insurer.

"Lemons": Cars with serious problems after you bought it.

The rules of the roads and traffic laws.

Dropped after a total loss from a declared disaster, partial loss or second renewal, and not having "defensible space".

Service contracts, warranties, and making complaints.

You can get a free inspection to check the repair quality.

The free arbitration process when the car has serious issues.

This information will also help you understand your rights if you have a problem with a repair shop. Here's what the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) recommends: 1) read and follow your owner's manual. 2) select a repair shop before you need one, but be sure it is registered with BAR. 3) know your rights as a consumer. 4) keep this guide in your car and refer to it before taking your car in for service.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Your rights if you have a problem with the mechanic.

For those entitled to request a Driver Safety (DS) administrative hearing.

Good faith; prompt, honest, and timely communications; fair claims; cooperative investigation; additional living expenses; adjusting and paying your dwelling claim; contractors; fair depreciation; examination under oath; and complaints.

Mediation is an informal, voluntary, non-binding process for conducting settlement negotiations between you and your insurance company.

Asset Management, Bank Accounts, Consumer Loans, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages, and Regulations.

Researching, financing, trading, and service contracts.

If you have a problem that you think is covered by a warranty or service contract, follow the instructions to get service. If a dispute arises, try to work it out with the dealer. Talk with the salesperson or, if necessary, the owner of the dealership.

California car buyers have important rights that have changes the way millions of cars are bought and sold in California.

Laws specific to commercial vehicles and trucks.

Laws specific to two-wheel vehicles such as motorcycles.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

As each program has separate eligibility requirements, including Smog Check inspection requirements, please review the requirements below prior to submitting an application.

State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.

For tickets on federal property such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

Vehicle ownership changes for: sale or gift, inheritance, and satisfaction of lien (full payment of car loan).

Keeping records, complaining to someone higher up, consulting a lawyer, using mediation services, and other ways to resolve conflicts.

This booklet answers questions about the Lemon Law and provides information about the arbitration process, record-keeping suggestions and sources of advice and assistance as it pertains to the California State-certified arbitration process and is not intended as legal advice.

What you need, such as birth date and true full name .

Negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, litigation, and arbitration.

How long information is kept on your driving record.

Search for state and federal laws protecting consumers.

Insurance providers cannot treat domestic partners and married spouses differently.

Respond to a ticket, appeal your case, and traffic school.

Some federal and state laws affect the vehicle financing and leasing process. They offer important information that can help you negotiate a better deal, better understand the process, and give you certain rights.

If your car is repossessed, act quickly to get it back.