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Department of the Air Force
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217 5th Street
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
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.
Registration & Licensing Requirements
Texas 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 or the Taylor County Motor Vehicle Registration website.
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 5 years of age and 36" in height 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.
Base decals are not required on Dyess AFB.
Texas state traffic laws apply on Dyess AFB. On base, traffic offenders can be issued tickets on a point based system which can result in revocation of driving privileges on base. This information can be found in Dyess Instruction 218.Seat belts are mandatory. State, local, and base officials can stop vehicles for suspected non- use of seat belts.
Child seats/restraints are mandatory for children under 40 pounds. Off-base, children below the age of 18 are not allowed to ride in the bed of a truck or trailer. On-base no one is allowed to ride in the bed of a truck or trailer, unless in a government vehicle and mission required.
Vehicle Checks -- All vehicles entering or leaving Dyess AFB are subject to checks and inspections.
Accidents -- Accidents which occur on base should be reported to the Security Police Law Enforcement Desk at 325-696-2131.
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 Distraction.gov State Laws page.