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United States Marine Corps
923 Chosin Reservoir Road
Building 923, Room 12
Parris Island, SC 29905
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.
All privately-owned vehicles operated on the Depot, except those operated by visitors, must be registered with the Provost Marshal within three days of arrival. Temporary registration is obtained upon arrival.
Applications for registration will be made in person at the Provost Marshal's Office, Building 565 (843-228-2304). Provided the application form has been signed by the military sponsor, application for registration may be made by an immediate family member. In those instances where Power of Attorney is held by the spouse whose sponsor is overseas, he/she may sign the application for the sponsor.
The following information is required in order to register your vehicle on base:
Civilian employees, retired military and other civilians who may be authorized registration privileges must apply in person. Contractors and concessionaires will apply for a letter via an authorized representative of their company and report to PMO in person with the vehicle they drive.
Motorcycles -- In addition to all vehicle registration requirements, motorcycle operators under 25 years of age must pass a motorcycle safety course. For more information contact the Provost's Marshal Office located in Building 565.
For complete information on Vehicle Policy & Regulations, please click here.
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 SC Department of Public Safety 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 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.