California residents who drive on public highway or use public parking facilities must have a California driver license, unless they are driving or operating an off-highway vehicle across the highway.

What kind if vehicle is an off-highway? And what does across here mean? Does it mean from the right of a one-lane highway to the other side left?

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    What is the source of your quotation? – user3169 Feb 17 '15 at 21:10

An off-highway vehicle is one that is not designed for roadways: tractors, snowmobiles, riding lawnmowers, Bobcat tractors, ATVs, etc.

The statute you quote is basically giving an exemption for crossing the road in one of these vehicles, even without a driver's license.

For example, if I lived in California and owned a farm, and I had a 14-year-old son who drove a tractor on the farm, he would be allowed to cross the highway even without a license (but he wouldn't be allowed to drive down the highway without a license).

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