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United States Air Force
Military Personnel Section
427 Liberty Drive
Laughlin AFB, TX 78843
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.
Texas 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.
Texas State traffic laws apply on Laughlin AFB. All motor vehicle operators are required to have in their possession a valid state driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. Operators are also required to register their vehicle within 14 days of their arrival at the Security Forces Pass and I.D. section located in Building 139.
Documents needed to complete base registration:
For registration of motorcycles, the aforementioned documents must be provided as well as a motorcycle endorsement on the driver's license and a certificate of completion from an approved motorcycle safety course.
Vehicle Checks -- Drivers are reminded that any vehicle entering, exiting or while on Laughlin AFB are subject to search.
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 http://www.dps.texas.gov/ 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 younger than 8 years of age and less than 4' 9". 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.