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United States Army
ID CARD/ DEERS Branch
25 W Chaffee Street
Bldg 1384 Room 103
Fort Knox, KY 40121
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.
Kentucky 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 Knox is a controlled-access installation but vehicles are not required to be registered on post now. All Personnel entering the installation must be in possession of a valid and current picture identification issued by a government agency such as a state, federal, local government, or foreign government identification. For additional information you can contact the Military Police at 502-624-2111.
Speed Limits -- The speed limit on post varies. The speed limit in Kentucky is 65 mph on Kentucky interstates and most parkways; however it is 55 mph on other roads.Seat Belts/Child Restraints-- Fort Knox requires the driver and all passengers in the vehicle to wear seat belts at all times. Kentucky law requires that all children 40 inches tall or less must be placed in a federally approved child restraint seat when traveling in an automobile. Fort Knox requires the same. New infants cannot be discharged from the hospital on post unless the parents have a child restraint seat for the new baby. The Loan Closet at Army Community Services (ACS) can lend a car seat for those awaiting household goods.Motorcycles -- No person can operate or ride as a passenger on a motorcycle on post unless that person wears approved protective headgear and eye protection. The Kentucky law says you do not have to wear a helmet if you have had your operators license for more than a year.Drinking Laws -- Minimum drinking age is 21. Most of the installation and the surrounding area is located in Hardin County. Hardin County and the surrounding counties of Jefferson, Meade and Bullitt Counties are wet counties. Package sales are available seven days a week. Alcoholic beverages may be sold by the drink in licensed larger restaurants. Liquor is sold in the Class Six package beverage store on Post. If you are convicted of DUI in Kentucky you will face serious consequences. More stringent sanctions are applied for second and subsequent convictions. Drinking and driving are not tolerated in this area.Cellular Phone Usage -- Code of Federal Regulations mandates that all federal installations prohibit the use of cellular phones and similar communication devices by persons operating motor vehicles. The use of cellular phones without a hands-free device is prohibited at Fort Knox. Cellular systems built in to the vehicle and activated by voice or push-button (On-Star) are considered hands-free. The hands-free kit is the only authorized ear piece or headphone authorized for use by a vehicle operator. It may only be used in one ear.Accidents -- US 31W is dangerous, especially between Fort Knox and Louisville. Obey the speed limit and drive carefully. If you are involved in an accident in Kentucky, notify the nearest state police post (or MP's on post) at 502-624-2111.
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 seatbelts while driving, you will be ticketed and issued heavy fines if seatbelts are not secured. State law requires that all children under 40" 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.