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United States Army
Building 5400 Buffalo Soldier
Fort Bliss, TX 79916
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.
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 8 years of age and 57" 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.
Fort Bliss traffic is regulated by AR 190-5 and Center REG 190-5. The post has entry access control gates and vehicle operators are required to slow and prepare to stop when approaching any entry gate. Some traffic congestion is experienced during the traditional rush hours (morning/lunch/evening). The Mexico border is within 10 minutes of Fort Bliss and special insurance and auto documents may be required for entry into the country at the checkpoints. Standard American auto insurance will not cover autos taken into Mexico.
Speed Limits -- Speed limits range from 10 MPH in parking areas to 35 MPH on the larger roads
Vehicle Checks -- In addition to the entrance gate checkpoints, the Commanding General has authorized random unannounced vehicle checkpoints which are conducted throughout the post by the Military Police.
Accidents -- All traffic accidents on Fort Bliss are required to be reported to the Military Police who will respond to the scene. Call the PMO Operations Office at (915) 744-1283 for any non-emergent concerns. This office is located at Building 20709 located at SGT Major Blvd and Anzio Way. Emergency Dispatch call 911.
Restricted Areas on Post -- Restricted areas vary according to the Commanding General's posting. Restricted areas are posted, well defined and entrance is permitted by special pass only. Deadly force may be authorized in highly sensitive areas.
Registering Vehicles on Base
Visit the Vehicle Registration Office at Building 503 (Beside the Welcome Center) to register your vehicle on base. Ensure you bring a valid and current driver license, registration, insurance and vehicle safety inspection.
Guest Pass -- In order to enter the post a valid and current photo ID is required. If you are a driver you must have a valid and current driver license, registration, insurance and vehicle safety inspection.
Anyone who has a valid and current photo identification may enter the post. Youth under 16 years of age do not need to have photo identification but it is strongly encouraged. Access can change based upon force protection conditions.
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.