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Department of the Air Force
49 Force Support Squadron
681 Second St.
Holloman AFB, NM 88330
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 Mexico 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 New Mexico State Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Motor Vehicle Division is located at 263C Robert H Bradley Dr, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (575-437-6002
If you are stationed at White Sands Missile Range it is located at 1338 Ripley St 575-678-8800
The base speed limit is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted. It is reduced in all housing areas. While driving in parking lots, your speed must be adjusted to ensure safety and never exceed 5 MPH. Driving in school zones is reduced to 15 MPH when children are present or when light is flashing. Pedestrians in crosswalks have the right-of-way. Vehicles must stop until pedestrians have cleared ALL lanes of traffic before proceeding. A good rule of thumb is that their foot is on the curb.Radar Detectors -- Active radar detectors are not allowed on base.
The use of seat belts and child restraint seats are required on base and throughout the state. Children must be in a restraint seat if under six years of age or if weight is 60 pounds or less.
A helmet certified to meet current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 (DOT), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Standard 22.05 British Standard 6658, FIM, or Snell Standard M2020 Shall be worn and fastened correctly in the chin. Goggles, wrap-around glasses, or a full-face shield (adequately attached to the helmet) are designed to meet or exceed American national Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard z87.1, UNECE 22.02, or BS6658 for impact and shatter resistance will be worn and properly used. A windshield does not constitute proper eye protection. Wear a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens is required. Sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles (durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn).
If you have a recreational vehicle (RV) trailer, defined as boats, trailers, regardless of size, 2-3-4 wheeled off-road vehicles, campers, un-mounted campers/camper shells (for pickup trucks), motor homes, travel trailers or fifth wheels trailers of all sizes. Personnel cannot keep RV's parked in the housing area for longer than 24 hours unless loading and unloading before and after use. This is in accordance with the HAFB housing pamphlet 32-7, AFI 31-218/HAFB Supplement 1 and HAFBI 34-201. If you want to keep the RV/trailer on base, it must be stored in the RV parking lot located at 5th Street and Arkansas. Spaces are assigned and controlled by Outdoor Recreation at 575-572-5369/7329. Their office is located in Building 234, 661 Delaware Avenue.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory for all people who ride bicycles on Holloman AFB. Bikes riding during the hours of darkness shall be equipped with a lamp on the front. The emits a white light visible at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear. It shall be visible from all distances from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear.
These are allowed on base but are prohibited on the following major roadways: 1st St., New Mexico Ave., Delaware Ave., Sabre Rd., 49er Ave., Mesquite Rd., Patterson Dr., Arnold Ave., Fairchild Dr. Helmets are required and the use of protective gear (knee and elbow pads) is highly recommended while rollerblading/skateboarding.
Vehicle operators on a DoD Installation and operators of Government owned vehicles shall not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or unless they are using a hands-free device. The wearing of any other portable headphones, earphones, or other listening devices (except of hand-free cellular phones) while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited.
Using those devices impairs driving and masks or prevents recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements, the approach of vehicles, and human speech. DoD Component safety guidance should note the potential for driver distractions such as eating and drinking, operating radios, CD players, global positioning equipment, etc. This should only be done when the vehicle is safely parked.
Vehicle Checks -- There is no state required vehicle inspection in the state of New Mexico.
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 New Mexico State Motor Vehicle Division 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 6 years of age and 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.