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.
State laws vary when it comes to motor vehicle insurance requirements, licensing and registration. The term vehicle generally includes automobiles, motorcycles, vans, trailers and boats regularly parked or garaged overnight. Service members and their families will want to understand their state’s laws on registration and licensing before moving to a new state. Visit the USA.gov Motor Vehicle Services page for links to state-specific websites.
California State law requires you to have sufficient liability insurance and a valid driver’s license in order to operate a vehicle. The term “vehicle” generally includes automobiles, motorcycles, vans, trailers and boats regularly parked or garaged overnight. Further, your vehicle must be properly registered. Even though you are in the Military, you may be required to register your vehicle in-state and obtain an in-state license within a few months of moving. Access complete information on insurance, driver’s licensing, and where and how to register your vehicle by visiting the State Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Effective December 1, 2011, it is no longer required for vehicles entering DLA installations to display the DD Form 2220 vehicle decal. You may throw your decal away once it’s removed from your vehicle. You must ensure that the decal is not reusable.
DLA guidance on the elimination of the DOD decal requirement for DLA sites ONLY. DLA strategic communications has posted an article on DLA Today containing frequently asked questions to assist in educating and informing the workforce on this process. Below are some of the key points addressed in the attached memorandum.
All visitors will continue to be processed as visitors per local procedures. All employees and personnel authorized to enter DLA Installations will present an accepted credential (i.e. CAC, military dependent ID, etc) for installation entry.
All drivers on the installation must have valid license, proof of insurance and current registration when operating any vehicle on the installation. Law enforcement will continue vehicle safety checks, random searches, and inspections at all gates. DLA entities that are tenants on other installations will follow the procedures outlined by the Host.
California state traffic laws apply at Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin Site. Seat belts are mandatory. State, local, and site officials can stop vehicles for suspected non-use of seat belts. Current child seat laws are as follows:
Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat. (California Vehicle Code Section 27360.)
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt. (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)
Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.
Vehicle Checks -- All vehicles entering or leaving Sharpe/Tracy sites are subject to search.
State and local laws regulate the operation of motor vehicles, and these laws can vary by location. Many states regulate the following:
Learn more about motor vehicle laws in your state at the https://www.chp.ca.gov/home/ page.
You and your passengers must always wear seatbelts while driving, you will be ticketed and issued heavy fines if seatbelts are not secured. State law requires that all children under 6 years of age be properly restrained in child seats. Some states also require younger, smaller children to sit in the back seat.
Motorcycles and their operators are subject to special laws. If you own and operate a motorcycle, you must comply with those laws. Visit the State Department of Motor Vehicles website for more information.
Many States and local jurisdictions have strict laws about the use of cell phones and other digital devices while driving. Research these laws on the State Department of Motor Vehicles website. Tickets will be issued and fines assessed for violating these laws. Play it safe and always use a “hands-free” device if you must use a cell phone or other PDA while driving. Hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.