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Department of the Air Force
ID/CAC Card Processing
483 N. Aviation Boulevard
Building 272, First Floor Lobby
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808
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.
California 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. Non-California Resident Military Members must fill out and submit a form REG 5045, side A. Spouses who are registered in the same state as the active duty member must complete REG 5045, side B. Spouses that are not registered in the same state as their sponsor must get a California Driver's License. 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.
Military personnel stationed in California are exempt from payment of the vehicle license fee (VLF) on any vehicle owned or leased and registered in California provided:
In order to obtain the VLF exemption, military personnel must complete a Nonresident Military Exemption Statement (REG 5045) form and NATO members are required to complete a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Status of Forces Agreement (REG 5046) form.
Note: The duty station must be located in California in order to receive a VLF exemption.
All vehicles registered in California, require a smog inspection certification.
Military ID card, state vehicle registration, a valid state driver's license and proof of insurance are required to drive on base. Drivers without a DoD ID card must obtain a vehicle pass (AF Form 75) for base access. Decals are no longer required.
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 6 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 and check with the Base Safety Office about attending a local certification class prior to driving your motorcycle on Los Angeles AFB.
The California Wireless Communications Device Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Two additional laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving went into effect July 1, 2008. The first law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle, (California Vehicle Code [VC] §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a “hands-free device. The second law effective July 1, 2008, prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle (VC §23124).
As a reminder, remember that hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.
Detailed information for Military Drivers in California
California Department of Motor Vehicles Helpful Hints: The State of California has one of the largest populations of drivers in the United States! If you or your spouse decides to apply for a license or registration as California resident, we'd advise you to use the automated web-based services as much as possible and to make full use of the option to schedule appointments with the DMV branch of your choice. You will experience long lines and expect to wait 1 or 2 hours for walk-in services.
Some things to keep in mind are:
Most of your questions can be answered online on the Official California State DMV website.
The new VPC is located directly off Interstate 110. The New Address: 14611 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248
Toll Free Phone #: 1-855-389-9499.
www.pcsmypov.com is where you can check the status of POV's. Callers will need their POV Order Number located in the "Stow Location: block as indicated on the DD Form 788.