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Chinhae-Si, Republic Of Korea South Korea 645-016
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
Figuring out the best way to get around is important when you’re in a new installation. It’s useful to understand the various regulations, local laws as well as license and registration requirements. Whether you need a driver’s license, transport a car overseas or want help buying a car, there are people to assist you at your new installation. Check out the topics below to find information and regulations on vehicles and registration at your base.
Traffic: Driving in Korea is a challenge that is not advised for the unseasoned driver or faint-hearted traveler. While small in size, Korea has one of the highest accident rates in the world. Some streets and roads are narrow and not easily accessible as people will park where it is convenient but no thought to other drivers.
Accidents: When involved in an accident, U.S. personnel are warned not to surrender their passports, ID cards or other important personal documents. Insist that the Military Police be called immediately, even if the Korean National Police are at the scene of the accident.
Maintenance: Korea has many toll roads that charge depending on size of vehicle. So think twice about bringing a large car due to the tolls and smaller streets. Cars can be purchased locally at reasonable prices. You will also find that cheap "hand-me-downs" are available when personnel PCS to other duty stations.
WHO MAY DRIVE (Updated in September 2019)
The following personnel are authorized to have a POV license in Korea:
•All unaccompanied service members in the grades of E-6 and below
•Unaccompanied DoD civilian employees in the grades of GS-4, WG-4, WL-1, NA-4, CC-2
•And below who are assigned to units on U.S. military installations in Korea and are directed to live off-installation at government expense are authorized to register and operate on POV without having to obtain a written exception to policy as described in USFK Regulation 190-1, paragraph 5-3.a.
Registration Requirements (Updated in September 2019)
All accompanied personnel with command sponsored dependents eligible to own and register a POV pursuant to USKF Regulation 190-1, paragraph 3-1.b. are authorized to register and operate up to two POVs without having to obtain a written exception to policy as described in USFK Regulation 190-1. Paragraph 5-3.a.
Personnel must obtain a written exception to policy in order to register a third vehicle, following the procedures outlined in USKF Regulation 190-1, paragraph 5-3.a.
This does not include one motorcycle, moped or motor scooter. For example, eligible personnel may register two POVs and one two-wheeled vehicle.
All personnel are reminded that their operation of a POV on any USKF installation is a privilege and subject to the Rules of the Road as outlined in USKF Regulation 190-2.
Any requests by installation commanders to deviate from this policy must be approved by the first O-7 or higher in the chain of command. The purpose and justification of the change will be reported to the USKF commander in writing.
GETTING A LICENSE
Active-duty military personnel, civilian employees and family members age 18 or older who are planning to drive a POV must get a USFK driver’s license, DoD civilians are issued a five-year license. Documents needed:
Learner’s permits may be obtained by family members age 16 and older. They entitle the holder to drive only on military installations while accompanied by a licensed driver during daylight hours.
US Forces personnel in Korea who wish to drive POVs must have a USFK driver's license. Active duty military personnel, civilian employees and family member are required to complete the required Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) courses and submit the two completion certificates to transportation. The link for the JKO courses are listed below. USFK licensed personnel may operate a POV for five years with a stateside valid driver's license. Military personnel are issued a USFK driver's license for five years. Family members age 16 and older may obtain a learner's permit. This is good for driving only during daylight hours on military installation while accompanied by a licensed driver. The USFK driver's license must be carried with you whenever you are driving.
There are two training modules associated with the training. The training module, course number is USFK-US002 (the direct link to the training: https://jkosupport.jten.mil/html/COI.xhtml?course_prefix=USFK&course_number=-US002). The testing module, course number USFK-US002-B (the direct link to the testing: https://jkosupport.jten.mil/html/COI.xhtml?course_prefix=USFK&course_number=-US002-B). The training is a pre-requisite to the test and individuals may not take the test without first completing all the training modules. Note: Test scores are good for 60 days. Licenses will not be issued to personnel that have taken the test more than 60 days prior to applying for a license.
Hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide. Talk to your sponsor before shipping a vehicle.
On post at Chinhae -- Maximum speed is 15 MPH unless posted otherwise. All traffic rules and regulations are enforced. Seatbelts are mandatory on and off post. Personnel escorting vehicles on post must remain with their guests at all times. All U.S. rules and regulations for parking, vehicles, and traffic apply.
Vehicle Checks -- Vehicles entering and exiting Chinhae's gates are subject to search. Even with US government licenses plates, passengers are requested to show their ID cards. Non-US government vehicles are required to acquire a gate pass and vehicle pass to display on their dashboard.
Criminal Offenses -- Crimes committed On post are subject to investigation by Military Police and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigation Service, depending upon the nature of the crime. Heinous/severe crimes by personnel or their family members are not tolerated by the military and can result in quick reassignment back to CONUS.
The legal status of U.S. Forces personnel in Korea is determined by an international agreement between the United States and the Republic of Korea called the US/ROK Status of Forces Agreement.
Your assignment in Korea not only helps the Republic of Korea (ROK), it helps the U.S. accomplish important foreign policy objectives. This doesn't entitle you to any special privileges, except for those provided in the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement).
The SOFA applies to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel in Korea. Persons entitled to protection under SOFA are required to carry a SOFA Card at all times. If you have family in Korea they are also required to have a SOFA verification stamp in their passport. This happens once they arrive at CFAC through PSD.
USFK Off Limits Information
The following areas and establishments within the ROK are off-limits:
For further information on these regulations and policies, or any other USFK regulation, please visit the USFK website and click on the publications link.
It is relatively safe to travel throughout Korea. Always check with the base security or NCIS Agent representative to find out which areas are off limits.
During situations of unrest or when student demonstrations are in progress, alerts are provided in advance to U.S. personnel throughout Korea. While these situations are played up by the media in the U.S., personnel assigned here are rarely affected.
The administrative penalty of driving under the influence of alcohol and the division of the criminal penalty standard for drunk driving,
0.03% ~ 0.08%
Jail for less than 1year or Fine $4,200 or less
0.08% ~ 0.2%
Jail for less than 1-2 Year or Fine $8.400 or less
Jail for less than 2-5 years or Fine $16,800 or less
Twice or More
Escape after a drunk driving