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United States Army
10720 Mount Belvedere Boulevard
Building P-10720 Clark Hall
Fort Drum, NY 13602
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.
New York 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.
Fort Drum no longer has a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office located in Clark Hall, building P-10720 Mt. Belvedere Blvd. You may apply for a driver’s license or permit, exchange an out-of-state or Canadian driver’s license, and register your vehicle at this office. The Fort Drum office does not conduct driver’s license road tests. A list of road test locations can be obtained from the New York State (NYS) DMV website.
When applying for a NYS driver's license or exchanging an out-of-state or Canadian driver's license for a NYS driver's license, you must present proof of identity that equals a value of six points, proof of date of birth, and your social security card. A list of acceptable proofs of identity and their corresponding point values is available online or at any NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
NYS recognizes driver's licenses held by residents of other U.S. states, U.S. territories and Federal districts and Canadian provinces. If you become a resident of NYS you must apply for a NYS driver's license within 30 days of becoming a NYS resident.
Exchanging an Out-of-State or Canadian Driver's License
You can exchange an out-of-state driver's license or Canadian driver's license for a NYS license if the driver's license has your photograph and the date of issue, the driver's license is not suspended or revoked, and the driver's license has been valid for at least 6 months, or has expired in the past 12 months.
You cannot exchange the following types of driver licenses for a NYS driver license:
To exchange an acceptable out-of-state photo driver license for a NYS driver license:
Pay the application fee and the driver's license fee (fee varies by age and class of driver's license) with cash, check, money order or credit card.
New Driver - Applying for a New York State Driver's License
Fort Drum Speed Limit -- The installation speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise posted. The speed limit in all housing areas is 20 mph on roads leading into each neighborhood, 15 mph on all roads with a house on them, and 10 mph on all roads when children are present. All vehicles must slow to 10 mph when passing troops in formation (any time during the day) and during PT hours (7:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.).
Parking -- Parking on all roadways and highways on Fort Drum is prohibited November 1 - April 1 to allow for snow removal.
Bicycle Helmets - All personnel riding a bicycle on Fort Drum must wear a bike helmet.
Skateboards and Rollerblades/Skates -- Fort Drum regulation 190-2 restricts the use of skateboards and roller skates to unoccupied sidewalks, pathways, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, and parking lots. Helmets are required. Rollerblades are authorized on roadways with the use of proper safety equipment. Proper safety equipment includes helmet, knee pads, wrist pads, and a high visibility garment with 40 square inches of reflective material visible front and back. Individuals using this type of skating equipment will not attach themselves or the device to any moving or self-propelled vehicles. Head or earphones will not be used while skating. Skaters will heed all foot and vehicular traffic and traffic control devices.
Access to Fort Drum
Fort Drum is a restricted access post. Fort Drum uses RAPIDRCx system to verify identification for all personnel entering Fort Drum. All personnel entering the installation must produce photo ID for scanning by the RAPIDRCx system. All personnel are required to provide an authorized photo ID for scanning prior to access being given. All personnel without an authorized DoD ID card require a background check and must be issued a pass for access unless in a vehicle with a DoD ID holder. The Trusted Traveler Program allows DOD ID card holders, 18 or older, to vouch for all non-DoD ID card holders within their vehicle except for foreign visitors. Foreign nationals who are not on official orders must be issued a pass and be escorted by their sponsors from the time they come on post to the time they leave the gate. Failure to provide a photo ID will result in access being denied.
Obtaining a Temporary Access Pass
Visitors require a bona fide need to access to installation. Verification of this need will require an adult DoD ID card holder (Sponsor) to acknowledge and sponsor the non-ID card holder(s) to obtain access to Fort Drum. Passes will be issued at Paul Cerjan Gate (I-781), unless otherwise directed. Temporary passes can be issued to sponsored visitors for up to 30 days, if visitor receives clear NCIC-III check. Sponsors requesting access for visitors without REAL ID Act compliant forms of identification or supplemental identity proofing documents will be required to escort their guests at all times while on the installation. The full list of alternate ID’s to supplement state DL’s can be located at: www.drum.army.mil/EmergencyServices/Pages/passid.aspx
Obtaining a DoD Decal
Effective 31 August 2011, vehicle registration is no longer required on Fort Drum.
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.
Speed Limits -- The speed limit in New York State is 65 MPH on I-81. On all other non-residential roads, the speed limit is 55 MPH unless otherwise posted. Fines for speeding are doubled in roadwork zones.
New York State Bicycle Helmet Law -- New York State Law requires all children under the age of 14 years to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. All personnel riding a bicycle on Fort Drum must wear a bike helmet.
Windshield Wipers -- When windshield wipers are used due to inclement weather, vehicle headlights must be on.
Cell phone usage -- New York State law and Fort Drum regulation forbids the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving. A hands free cell phone device may be used.
Car seats --New York State law and Fort Drum regulation requires children under age 4 to ride in child safety seats. Children age 4, 5, and 6 are required to ride in a child restraint system.
A motor vehicle registered in NYS must have liability insurance. Insurance coverage must be a minimum of $25,000/50,000 for injury, $50,000/100,000 for death, and $10,000 for property damage caused by any one accident. New York State is a no-fault state. The liability coverage must remain in effect while the registration is valid, even if the vehicle is not used.
If you are a not a resident of NYS, a vehicle registration from your state of residence is valid in NYS. If you become a resident of NYS, you have 30 days after you become a resident to register your vehicle in NYS. If you are a resident of NYS and you get a vehicle from another state, you must register the vehicle in NYS.
Annual Vehicle Safety Inspection
All vehicles registered in NY State must undergo an annual safety inspection and emissions inspection. Both inspections are completed at the same time. Inspections may be completed on post at the Firestone Car Care Center or off post by a DMV-registered inspection station. These inspection stations display a yellow and black sign that reads “Official Inspection Station”.
Visit the New York State DMV website or local office for additional licensing and vehicle registration information.
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.
In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt.
Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, of a motor vehicle being operated by the holder of a Class-DJ Learner Permit, a Limited Class-DJ, or Class-DJ Driver License must be restrained by a safety restraint.
Every child under age 16 in the vehicle must use a safety restraint. If under age four, he or she must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a safety belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system. A child under age four who weighs more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt. A child of age 4, 5, 6 or 7, must use a booster seat with lap and shoulder belt or a child safety seat (The child and safety restraint system must meet the height and weight recommendations of the restraint manufacturer.) Exception: A child more than four feet nine inches tall or more than 100 pounds is allowed to use a seat belt that has both a lap belt and a shoulder harness.
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.
New York has strict laws about the use of cell phones and other digital devices while driving. Tickets will be issued with mandatory court appearances for violating these laws. A “hands free” device must be used if you must use a cell phone or other PDA while driving. Hands-free devices are also required while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.