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Traffic on the 101 in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Felicia Aparicio.


Estimated Fee-Paid as of December 31
Year Autos Trucks Motorcycles Total
2020 6,361,987 1,117,072 155,438 7,634,497
2019 6,567,187 1,137,057 157,850 7,862,094
2018 6,479,206 1,107,381 158,309 7,744,896
2017 6,490,537 1,109,042 162,874 7,762,453
2016 6,481,351 1,103,918 165,275 7,750,544
Year Autos Trucks Motorcycles Total
2015 6,293,639 1,075,340 164,152 7,533,131
2014 6,197,573 1,066,409 159,464 7,423,446
2013 6,079,057 1,080,125 158,402 7,317,584
2012 5,904,847 1,079,883 154,108 7,138,838
2011 5,805,760 1,086,927 150,143 7,042,830
Year Autos Trucks Motorcycles Total
2010 5,810,035 1,110,636 146,703 7,067,374
2009 5,785,091 1,128,495 146,822 7,060,408
2008 5,859,407 1,152,856 149,987 7,162,250
2007 5,933,335 1,188,050 139,842 7,261,227
2006 N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Year Autos Trucks Motorcycles Total
2005 5,850,140 1,164,578 121,675 7,136,393
2004 5,881,156 1,163,819 114,622 7,044,975
2003 5,498,554 1,080,094 100,693 6,679,341
2002 5,529,023 1,066,155 95,233 6,690,411
2001 5,296,141 1,026,961 87,986 6,411,088
Year Autos Trucks Motorcycles Total
2000 5,134,168 1,021,397 81,167 6,155,565
1999 4,935,605 991,315 75,569 6,002,489
1998 4,825,512 970,993 74,210 5,870,715

* Figures not found for this year
Above figures are estimated vehicle registrations by county. Although official counts, these were not exact numbers.

Source: California Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV)


At one time, Long Beach limited all automobile parking to no more than 15 minutes because leaking oil from motor vehicles corroded the streets.


The Automobile Club of Southern California, founded by 10 auto enthusiasts in Los Angeles in 1900, is the largest affiliate in the AAA network. It lists more than 5 million members. Between 1906 and 1946, the Club was the primary installer of directional road signs in Southern California.


One million new cars enter Southern California each year. This accounts for one-seventh of U.S. auto/truck sales.