NB Ventura County Community
Driving and Commuting
Ventura County is traversed by one major U.S. highway — U.S. 101 — and a number of state routes. The Ventura Freeway, also known as U.S. 101, connects Ventura County to Pasadena. The region is also served by numerous state routes that can be used by commuters or for trips to neighboring cities or places. For example, State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, is a major north-south route that runs 655 miles along most of the California coast. State Route 23 runs 32 miles from Fillmore to Malibu, connecting U.S. 101 to State Route 118.
State Route 33 is a 290-mile state highway that runs north from Ventura through the Transverse Ranges and the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. State Route 118 runs 47 miles through Ventura and Los Angeles counties, crossing the northern rim of the San Fernando Valley. State Route 126 runs from U.S. 101 in Ventura to Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita and is an important connector highway in Ventura County, serving as an alternate route into the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, the high desert of Antelope Valley and Los Angeles.
State Route 150 runs 36 miles from Santa Paula to U.S. 101 near the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line. It is a two-lane scenic road that originally had one-lane bridges that had to be rebuilt into two-lane bridges after flooding in 2005. State Route 232 is a 4-mile freeway in Ventura County that serves as a connector between U.S. 101 and State Route 118.
Interstate 5 is the main interstate running north-south largely parallel to the Pacific coast, connecting major cities from San Diego to Portland, Oregon.
The California Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel. The department provides real-time maps.
of traffic conditions including lane closures, traffic information, highway conditions, live traffic cameras and a Caltrans QuickMap mobile app that can be installed on any smartphone. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive and obtain phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at www.go511.com or by dialing 511.
California Department of Motor Vehicles
2415 First Ave., Mail Station F101
Sacramento, CA 95818
The California Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in California from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all California residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its California Driver License Handbook, which can be downloaded at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/pubs.
Forms associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/formsreg_alpha, including forms for replacement plates, handicap placards or plates, DMV forms and more.
California law prohibits all drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers 18 and older are permitted to use hands-free cellphones while driving as long as the earpieces do not cover both ears.
Texting while driving is prohibited in California.
California Department of Transportation
Visit the California Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.