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United States Army
Central In and Out Processing
2030 14th Street
Fort Polk, LA 71459
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.
Louisiana Car Insurance
As a resident of Louisiana, you are required to have car insurance. Those who drive without insurance are not only subject to penalties and fines, but being without insurance will also prevent you from making insurance claims regardless of who is at fault in the accident.
Required Car Insurance in LA
Louisiana state law requires that all drivers have liability coverage.
Liability insurance pays for damages or injuries that you cause in a car accident, up to the amount of coverage you have.
The minimum liability coverage limits required in Louisiana are:
Remember, you can always opt to purchase higher coverage limits for greater protection.
Insurance and Vehicle Registration
You must have valid liability insurance in order to register your car or renew your registration
The LA Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) will verify your car insurance electronically if you:
You must provide proof of insurance if you:
Car Insurance Violations & Penalties
The main reasons you might face penalties with regard to insurance are:
Proof of Insurance
The Louisiana OMV has several ways to verify your auto insurance:
Proof of insurance can be shown with:
If you are caught driving without proof of insurance, a police officer can either:
Car Insurance Cancellation
Your auto insurance company can cancel your insurance policy within 60 days of purchase.
If your policy is canceled, they must notify you within:
After 60 days, your car insurance policy can be canceled ONLY if:
Again, your insurance company must notify you of any cancellation or non-renewal:
If your policy is not renewed, you can request the reason in writing and expect a refund of any pre-paid premiums within 30 days.
Installation Regulation and Registration
ID Cards --All military personnel, dependents, contractors and vendors are required to register through Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS). This system immediately alerts officers that person is authorized access to the installation. For more information, call 337-531-7303 or 337-531-1746.
Corvious: NOISE/QUIET HOURSResident, other authorized occupants and guests will not disturb the peaceful enjoyment of the community. Resident shall keep the volume of any radio, stereo, TV, musical instrument or electronic device in their Home or vehicle sufficiently reduced at all times so as not to disturb other Residents. Residents shall not conduct or permit vocal or instrumental practice or instruction at the home without prior written consent of the Neighborhood Office. As per Command Policy Memorandum DES-02 – Noise Abatement; quiet hours are from 2200 to 0500 Sunday evening – Friday morning and 2400 to 0600 Friday evening - Sunday morning and should be observed by all residents and their guests that reside or visit homes at Fort Polk. Residents are required to control their pets to avoid disturbance during the quiet hours as defined above as well as from becoming a nuisance due to prolonged or frequent barking.
Weapons Registration -- All personnel residing on post must register their privately owned weapons within three working days. A weapon is defined as all firearms, pellet guns, BB guns, knives with blades in excess of 3.5 inches, and archery bows. Items such as switchblade knives, Chinese fighting instruments (throwing stars, nunchakus), and explosive devices are prohibited.
For registration each applicant must submit the make, model, caliber, and barrel length of each weapon. The actual weapon need not be brought in. Individuals residing in family housing may retain their weapons in their quarters after registration. Residents of troop barracks must store their weapons in their unit arms room.
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 60 pounds 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.