Any person operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver license will result in the vehicle being towed
away, regardless of who owns the car (see
§14602.6 California Vehicle Code).
It is the registered owner's responsibility to ensure that drivers are properly licensed to operate their
vehicle (see §14604 California Vehicle Code).
Vehicles operated by unlicensed drivers can be impounded for up to 30 days. These costs are charged to
the registered owner and are very expensive. Oxnard Police Department vehicle release fees are
$495 and tow company fees are $60-$90 plus $25 per day for storage. A typical car stored because of
an unlicensed driver can cost the car's owner over $1,300.
For more information, see the California Highway Patrol article,
"Why was my car impounded?"
For information on California driver licenses, see the California DMV
driver license information page.