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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.



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, DwarfLord, or gizmomdk

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.

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.

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.

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.

Currently only the Waze client app can add cameras to the map. When adding a camera from the app, 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)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Southwest region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
jemay(6) [PM] Focused on Southern CA BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.png
California-based RC for the Southwest Region
kentsmith9(6) [PM] Focused on Northern CA Badge GlobalChamp.png
Lifetime SF Bay Area resident
ottonomy(6) [PM] Statewide Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
Lifetime Los Angeles resident
ply8808(6) [PM] Arizona Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
Neighboring support manager
SkiDooGuy(6) [PM] Statewide - San Diego Enthusiast Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
State Managers (Southwest region)
tonestertm(5) [PM] Statewide Badge StateManager.png
LA born/based, lifetime California traveler
citeman(5) [PM] Statewide Badge StateManager.png
Long Beach born: LA/OC based
Area Managers
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ialangford(5) [PM] Los Angeles Badge StateManager.png
Also AM in NYC and SM of SC
MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [PM] Las Vegas to Los Angeles Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
nivekeel(5) [PM] Riverside County; San Diego County Badge AreaManager.png
SuperDave1426(5) [PM] 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(4) [PM] Northern California On sabbatical
autenil(4) [PM] San Diego & Los Angeles AM Badge AreaManager.png
SCP1906(4) [PM] San Diego County & Napa Badge AreaManager.png
ababcock(3) [PM] Sacramento area Badge AreaManager.png
geopgeop(3) [PM] Western Contra Costa County and Vallejo Badge AreaManager.png
Also AM for Las Vegas
GizmoMDK(3) [PM] North Monterey County I like to help out wherever I can
IndovinaVI(3) [PM] Los Angeles Stuff and Things
JJohnston84(3) [PM] Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks Badge AreaManager.png
Also AM in Mendocino & Lake Counties
SAR85(3) [PM] Fresno Badge AreaManager.png
wazXorz(3) [PM] Santa Cruz County Map Life
edboost(2) [PM] Redlands, CA and Surrounding Areas

Other states and territories

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The other states and territories of the USA can be found in the navigation box below. Press the "show" button to open the box.

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