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United States Army
ID Card Section/DEERS
2702 Michigan Avenue
Soldier Support Center
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
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.
Tennessee Vehicle Registration
The Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) requires registration of all vehicles using the Tennessee roads and highways through the Vehicle Services Division.
You must visit the Montgomery county clerk's office in person when you purchase a vehicle, whether it is from a dealership or a private party.
The process for registering a vehicle for military personnel depends upon whether the service member is a resident of Tennessee serving in the state, a military resident stationed out of state, or a non-resident stationed in Tennessee. Visit Tennessee State Government website at https://www.tn.gov/drivers-service.html
Military members from other states are not required to register their vehicles in Tennessee, as long as they maintain current registration and insurance in their home-of-record.
If you do want to register a vehicle in Tennessee or you purchase a new vehicle you must contact the Montgomery county clerk's office at 931-648-5711, located at 350 Pageant Lane #502, Clarksville TN or access their website at https://mcgtn.org/clerk
If you have questions, you can also contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue DOR at (615) 741-3101 or visit their website at https://www.tn.gov
Tennessee Driver’s License
New residents or those returning to Tennessee and holding a driver license from another state must obtain a Tennessee driver license no later than thirty (30) days after establishing residency. New residents holding a valid learner's permit from another state must meet separate requirements to obtain a Tennessee learner permit or driver license.
The Clarksville DMV is located at 220 West Dunbar Cave Rd, Clarksville TN 37040 Phone contact 931-648-5596 Website https://www.tn.gov/safety You can also go online and make an appointment at http://apps.tn.gov/dlappts/
Kentucky Vehicle Registration
The state of Kentucky requires all vehicles to be properly registered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) in order to drive on state roadways. If you are new to the state or have just purchased a vehicle, you will need to visit your Christian county clerk's office to register your car for the first time.
The Christian County Clerk’s Office is located at 511 S. Main St. Suite 15. Hopkinsville KY 42240. Phone contact 270-887-4105.
Kentucky Driver’s License
If you have a driver's license from your previous state, you have 30 days from when you become a resident to transfer it over to Kentucky. You must apply for a KY driver's license in person at a circuit clerk's office located at 100 Justice Way, Christian County Justice Center, Phone contact 270-889-6540 Website http://courts.ky.gov/counties/christian/ You will need to first hold a driver's permit before you can apply for a driver's license. You will need to pass a vision test and road test, and pay the required licensing fee.
Motor Vehicles Installation Regulations and Registration
Visitors to Fort Campbell please take note of the new procedures of obtaining a visitor's pass. For any questions on visitor passes, please contact 270-798-5047.
Escorted visitors with valid photo ID (state driver license, passport) traveling in the same vehicle as a DOD ID card holder (CAC, dependent ID card, or retiree ID card) are not required to obtain a pass. All visitors 17 and older are required to have a valid identification to enter the installation.
1. In order to gain access to Fort Campbell, KY non-Federal Government and non-DoD issued ID cardholders require identity proofing and vetting to determine fitness and eligibility for access. Specifically, a check of records through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Interstate Identification Index (III) is the Army's minimum background check for the entrance onto Army installations for non-Common Access Card (CAC) holders.
2. Non DoD ID cardholder may enter Fort Campbell by obtaining a RapidGate Card, one day pass, extended pass up to 90 days, or an Air Assault Card (AAC). Fort Campbell applies the following non-Federal Government cardholder criteria to determine the authorized type of access control credentials:
Non-Federal Personnel Type
Access Control Type
1 Day Pass
Air Assault Card
Visitors (Case-by-Case Basis)
Privatized Business Partners**
**The following are Privatized Business Partners: IHG, Campbell Crossing, University/College faculty, Fortera Credit Union, Bank of America, and Home Health Care.
3. Contractor personnel who are ineligible for a CAC may obtain an extended pass at the request of their Contract Officer Representative (COR). RAPIDGate is a voluntary program due to associated costs.
4. REAL ID Act:
a. Background: The REAL ID Act of 2005 establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, which include requirements for a photograph and certain biographic information, such as name, DOB, gender, height, eye color & address. State-issued driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards from states not meeting the standards cannot be used for accessing Federal facilities beginning 10 January 2016, unless the issuing state’s compliancy deadline has been extended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
b. Current Status: DoD, like all other Federal agencies, is prohibited from accepting non-compliant driver’s licenses. Therefore, visitor control centers will no longer accept a non-REAL ID driver’s license or ID card for physical access. Unless the individual possesses one of the authorized government-issued ID cards delineated in Directive Type Memorandum (DTM) 09-012, the individual will need to present one of the documents below from Attachment 4 of DTM 09-012) to prove identity in order to be issued a temporary installation pass:
c. For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories.
5. All persons requesting unescorted access will continue to be vetted through the NCIC III, prior to being issued a locally produced ID or pass. If a visitor requesting access does not have REAL ID Act compliant form of identification and cannot provide supplemental identity proofing documents, they must be escorted at all times while on the installation.
6. Access procedures for all personnel may change at any time due to installation security requirements.
7. Search and Seizure: All personnel and property shall be subject to search and seizure upon entering the confines of Fort Campbell, and upon leaving in accordance with applicable regulations.
8. Visitor Control Center Hours of Operation:
Gate 4: Seven days per week, 5 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Gate 7: Seven days per week, 5 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Search House Gate 4: Seven days per week 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
9. For more information contact the Visitor Control Center at 270-798-5047.
New residents or those returning to Tennessee and holding a driver license from another state must obtain a Tennessee driver license no later than thirty (30) days after establishing residency. New residents will need to go to Clarksville DMV located at 2200 West Dunbar Cave Rd to obtain a Tennessee license. New residents holding a valid learner's permit from another state must meet separate requirements to obtain a Tennessee learner permit or driver license.
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.
You and your passengers must always wear seat belts while driving, you will be ticketed and issued heavy fines if seat belts are not secured. State law requires that all children under 8 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
Fort Campbell Motor Vehicle Laws
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on Fort Campbell is 25 mph. All passengers must always wear seat belts while driving, you will be ticketed and issued heavy fines if seat belts are not secured. Kentucky law requires that all children under 8 years of age be properly restrained in child seats.
Fort Campbell regulations prohibits the use of cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on the installation. This also applies to DVD players. The driver can’t watch them while driving. However a passenger in a motor vehicle may still use these devices without restrictions.
New Tennessee Hands Free Driving Law
Effective 1 July 2019 - Public Chapter 412. It is illegal for a driver to
Exceptions. Tennessee’s texting ban doesn’t apply to law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel who send or receive text communications in the discharge of their duties. And there’s also an exception for anyone who uses text communication to communicate with emergency personnel during an actual emergency.
Kentucky Cellphone-Use and Texting-While-Driving Laws
For all Kentucky drivers, it’s illegal to use a personal communication device to read, write, or send a text message while operating a vehicle that’s in motion. The prohibition includes regular text messages, instant messages, and email.
Exceptions. The texting-while-driving law contains a number of exceptions. The law doesn’t apply to:
Fines and points. A texting ticket will cost the driver $25 fine for a first violation and a $50 fine for second or subsequent violations. The conviction will also add three points to the motorist’s driving record.
Depending on the circumstances, a texting or cellphone violation could also lead to a reckless driving conviction. And if one of these violations results in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.
For more information visit this website https://www.tn.gov a cell phone or other PDA while driving. Hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.