Is CA a stop and ID state?

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asked Apr 25 in Law Enforcement/Police by duonglino (1,420 points)
Is CA a stop and ID state?

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answered Apr 26 by 15thgear (26,230 points)
CA is not a stop and ID State and there is no stop and ID law in California that requires you to produce ID upon request from the police.

However just like in other states if you're stopped while driving a motor vehicle or a motorcycle then you must produce your driver's license but the passengers do not have to show ID to the police.

If you're walking down the street, riding a bicycle etc you do not have to show your ID or drivers license to the police.

However if the police suspect you have committed a crime then you are required to produce ID.

Unlike some other states, the state of California does not have a “stop and identify” statute that makes it a crime to refuse to identify yourself to the police.

This means that you do not have to show police your identification unless you are being lawfully detained or arrested.

If you're being lawfully detained or arrested then you must produce ID.

In the state of California, the stop-and-frisk law which is called a “Terry stop” has some main rules that law enforcement are required to follow based on the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which says you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

You have the right to remain silent.

If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.

You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.

If you are not under arrest,you have the right to calmly leave.

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