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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of California. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.

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California is a part of the Southwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Arizona / California / Colorado / Hawaii / Nevada / New Mexico / Utah.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in California, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.

The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.

  • California GIS maps A page under development with links, listed by county, to interactive government GIS maps available online. This includes a slowly growing list of City GIS as well.

For mapping resources specific to individual cities and towns in the state, see California/Cities and towns.


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The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to California.

Area Managers for California can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Editor communities

California has two separate editor communities where we keep in touch and communicate about local editing issues: a Slack team which covers the northern and central portions of the state, and a Google+ community covering all of southern California. If you are actively editing in one (or both) of these areas, we'd welcome you to the appropriate group.

Northern/Central: PM an email address to one of the team administrators, so we can send an invite: tonestertm, citeman, or DwarfLord.

Southern: Go to Southern California Waze Editors to request admission.

Cities and towns


One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.

See California/Cities and towns for guidance in California specific to individual cities and towns.

Major roads

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California follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

Functional Classifications

California is following the Functional Classification (FC) system for the USA.

To help update the current California roadways to the new functional classifications, go to the California FC update page.

Here is a bookmarklet (currently under beta test) which will locate the correct CRS Grid page for the area you are editing in.

Lock Levels

We observe the following minimum lock levels for Waze road types:

  Freeway  5
  Ramp  5
  Major Highway  3
  Minor Highway  2[1]
  Primary Street  2
All Others 1
  1. Increase lock level to 3 in dense metropolitan areas

Note that these are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels.


This is interim guidance for California, until such time as National standards are agreed upon.

U-turns on *two-way* Primary Street through Major Highway type roads may be enabled in either of the following two circumstances:

  • 1) The U-turn is _explicitly_ allowed by signage; or
  • 2) The U-turn is otherwise legal and safe, and there is _at least_ 10.1 m (33 feet) from the left edge of the departure lane to the "destination" curb. This can include any median that may exist to the left of the departure lane. (The measurement is intended to accommodate the turning radius of most passenger vehicles.)

Do NOT make a point of enabling all U-turns valid under this guidance, only as you encounter them and they are necessary. Do not enable U-turns on Street type roads. This guidance could change in the future.

Unsigned exit numbers

In California, highway forks and ramps sometimes lack exit number signage. Unsigned information generally does not belong in Waze instructions, but Caltrans has committed to marking exit numbers throughout California over time.

In simple situations where there is little chance of driver confusion, editors may add documented but unsigned exit numbers in expectation of their eventually appearing on signage. In complex situations, however — for example, when a highway comes to an end, changes designation, or joins a shared alignment — adding unsigned exit numbers to Waze instructions could confuse drivers. In such cases it is better to omit exit numbers until they become signed.

Under earlier guidance, editors may have added unsigned exit numbers even in complex, potentially confusing situations. These should not be removed without careful review, preferably based on personal experience and/or driver reports. There is to be no campaign to remove unsigned exit numbers from the Waze map of California.

Special roads

Drivable roads

California follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Guidelines that vary by state or territory

The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.

The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.


California follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.

See California/Places for Place Guidance specific to California.


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.

When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.

Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in California.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, California does not have any laws regarding speed cameras, therefore they may be present in the state, and red light cameras are permitted statewide in California.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

Recently some California cities have been removing red light cameras.

To do list

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Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.

This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the California section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in California. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers California, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in California, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for California is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.

California — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): jemay (PM) and tonestertm (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Southwest region)
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jemay(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Focused on Southern CA BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.png
California-based RC for the Southwest Region
kentsmith9(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Focused on Northern CA Badge GlobalChamp.png
Lifetime SF Bay Area resident
ottonomy(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide Badge Mentor Global Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
Lifetime Los Angeles resident
ply8808(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Arizona Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
Neighboring support manager
SkiDooGuy(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide - San Diego Enthusiast Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
Dmcrandall(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Avatar Dmcrandall.jpg
Country Wide Badge Mentor.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
US Country Manager
State Managers (Southwest region)
tonestertm(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide Badge StateManager.pngBadge LocalChamp.png
LA born/based, lifetime California traveler
citeman(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide Badge StateManager.png
Long Beach born: LA/OC based
nivekeel(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide Badge StateManager.png
Southern California
Area Managers
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ialangford(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Los Angeles Badge StateManager.png
Also AM in NYC and SM of SC
MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Las Vegas to Los Angeles Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
SuperDave1426(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Available statewide (not actively editing beyond Lake Tahoe area, but available to help when needed) Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.png
Country Manager, A Nevada State Manager
DwarfLord(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Northern California Badge AreaManager.png
Machete808(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Los Angeles, Orange and parts of other SoCal counties Badge AreaManager.pngBadge StateManager.png
Also Hawaii SM, Thailand CM
autenil(4) [PM] Profile L4.png San Diego & Los Angeles AM Badge AreaManager.png
OCStagetech(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Mojave National Preserve Dabbler of all, master of none
SCP1906(4) [PM] Profile L4.png San Diego County & Napa Badge AreaManager.png
Cardyin(4) [PM] Profile L4.png LA and Orange Counties Badge AreaManager.png
Also edit in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
GizmoMDK(4) [PM] Profile L4.png North Monterey County I like to help out wherever I can
ababcock(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Sacramento area Badge AreaManager.png
Deltamanx(3) [PM] Profile L3.png San Francisco/Oakland Local edits: San Joaquin Valley
Firree(3) [PM] Profile L3.png South Shasta and North Tehama counties Badge AreaManager.png
geopgeop(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Most of the Bay Area Badge AreaManager.png
Also AM for Las Vegas
JJohnston84(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks Badge AreaManager.png
Also AM in Mendocino & Lake Counties
SAR85(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Fresno Badge AreaManager.png
SJK123(3) [PM] Profile L3.png East Garrison, Salinas and Monterey Badge AreaManager.png
wazXorz(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Santa Cruz County Map Life
whatnt(3) [PM] Profile L3.png San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara counties Badge AreaManager.png
robertonthego(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties Badge AreaManager.png
turbomkt(3) [PM] Profile L3.png San Diego County Badge AreaManager.png
tykxboy(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Glendale/Burbank/Pasadena Badge AreaManager.png
Also AM for Las Vegas (CA-born, Las Vegas-based)
AquaZR1(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties Badge AreaManager.png
Also AM in Kauai
DV-CC(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Yuba Sutter/Nevada County Local Resident

Other states and territories

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