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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.

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.

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 smudged city 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.

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(5) [PM] Arizona Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.png
Neighboring support manager
State Managers (Southwest region)
tonestertm(5) [PM] Statewide Badge StateManager.png
LA born/based, lifetime California traveler
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
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
A NV,CT,RI State Manager
SkiDooGuy(5) [PM] San Diego Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Southern California Area Manager and enthusiast
SuperDave1426(5) [PM] Northern California; Greater Los Angeles area (not actively editing beyond Lake Tahoe area, but available to help when needed) Badge StateManager.png
A Nevada State Manager
citeman(4) [PM] Los Angeles Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County
DwarfLord(4) [PM] San Francisco & Peninsula, Monterey Bay Area, Salinas Valley I like the fog
nivekeel(4) [PM] Riverside County; San Diego County Badge AreaManager.png
GizmoMDK(3) [PM] San Francisco & Peninsula, Monterey Bay Area, Salinas Valley, LA, and everywhere in between I drive alot!
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
jrjack41(3) [PM] San Luis Obispo County
TrafficGuy01(3) [PM] San Franscico Bay Area
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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