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1401 B Avenue, Bldg 3400,Room 115
Fort Lee, VA 23801
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
Virginia 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 5 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 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.
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has an office located on Fort Lee at 1321 Battle Drive. Hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles telephone number is (804) 861-3960. Before purchasing, registering or making any other legal transaction involving a motor vehicle, it is suggested service members assigned to Fort Lee check with the DMV to determine all cost and paperwork associated with the action. The Commonwealth of Virginia policies and interpretation of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) vary greatly from those of many other states.
Registering Vehicles on BaseFort Lee requires residents and employees to register all motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds they operate on Fort Lee with the Vehicle Registration Office. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The term "vehicle" includes motorcycles, automobiles, trailers, vans, and boats regularly parked or garaged overnight in Virginia.
Vehicle Registration is located at 1321 Battle Drive on Fort Lee. For vehicle registration you will need to provide current vehicle proof of insurance and valid driver's license. For more information call 804-861-3960.
Motorcycle operator must show proof of completion of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Experienced Rider Course to register their motorcycle. The Motorcycle Safety Class is offered free of charge on Fort Lee by volunteers who work with the Installation Safety Office. For a class schedule, call 804-765-3127.
Base RegulationsFort Lee has an official physical training route from 5-7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. During this time all traffic is prohibited on Shop Road from the Main Post Exchange to the Quartermaster Museum and on the entire length of B Avenue. Prohibited routes are marked with cones and signs during the physical training times.
Speed Limit -- The speed limit in the Fort Lee housing areas is 15 miles per hour. All other roads are 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Speed limits are enforced using radar, especially in the housing area. Individuals cited for a moving violation will receive a U.S. Magistrate ticket, requiring either the payment of the fine or appearance in Magistrate Court. In addition, Fort Lee Police also have the additional option of issuing a Form 1408. If a driver receives a sufficient number of these in a given time, their on-post driving privileges are suspended.
Jogging Safety -- Drivers often have difficulty seeing joggers, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. All persons using installation roadways for recreational walking and jogging at any time are required to wear reflective safety clothing (i.e. road guard vest) that is visible from all directions. The use of headphone and earphones while walking jogging, skating or bicycling is prohibited. Reflective clothing is not required on the Williams Stadium track and headphones are permitted on the stadium track.
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.