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United States Navy
Personnel Support Detachment (PSD)
421 Saufley St
NAS Pensacola, FL 32508-5201
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.
Florida 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 Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
Motor vehicle (POV) registration is done at Building 777, Pass and Tag Office. To register your vehicle on board NAS Pensacola Region, Whiting Field, Saufley Field and Center for Information Dominance Corry Station, you must show:
Requirements for motorcycle registration on-board the military installations requires you be a certified, licensed motorcycle operator, carry insurance and have proof of registration.
As of 06 March 2013, the following PPE (Proper Protective Equipment) will apply to all personnel, regardless of service affiliation, to include dependents and active duty on or off base:
Regulatory authority comes from OPNAVINST 5100.12J and NASPNCLAINST 5560.5AA.
Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signals. An adult bicyclist may carry a child in a backpack or sling, child seat or trailer designed to carry children. You may not allow a passenger to remain in a child seat or carrier when you are not in immediate control of the bicycle.
Bicyclists and passengers must wear helmets approved by ANSI, Snell or other standard recognized by Florida (in the community it is required by law only if under age 16, but all ages are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet).
For use between sunset and sunrise, a bicycle must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear. Do not wear headphones or any other listening device except a hearing aid while bicycling.
You must be 16 years of age or older to operate a moped on a public road (this installation). Operators of mopeds must have the minimum of a Class E license. No motorcycle endorsement is required. Mopeds must be registered annually and a tag purchased. Mopeds may not be operated on bicycle or foot paths. No person may operate a Moped at a speed greater than 25mph. Moped operators do not have to have PIP insurance. On the military installation you are required to wear a helmet (not in the civilian community).
For further safety information and/or instructions for NAS Pensacola Safety Office at 850-452-8167.
Traffic -- Florida State laws apply onboard NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, NETPMSA and Center for Information Dominance Corry Station.
Seat Belts -- Seat belts are mandatory in all vehicles manufactured after model year 1966. This is mandatory for all military service members and Reserve Component members driving or riding in a POV/Government Vehicle on or off the installation. Restraint systems will be worn by all civilian personnel (family members, guests, and visitors) driving or riding in a POV on the installation.
Child Restraints -- Car seats are required in POVs for children 4 years old or under and who do not exceed 45 pounds.
Headlights -- Headlights are mandatory during rain, fog, dusk, and of course, at night.
Speed Limits -- The speed limit is 20 mph unless otherwise posted; traffic is busiest between 6 - 8 am and 3-5 pm.
Window Tinting -- Windshields may not be covered or treated with any material which has the effect of making the windshield reflective or in any way non-transparent. It must be free of any stickers not required by law (i.e., base decal, parking permit). Side Windows may not be composed of, covered by, or treated with any ,material which has a highly reflective or mirrored appearance and reflects more than 35% of the light. Rear Windows: when the rear window is composed of, covered by, or treated with any material which makes the rear window non-transparent, the vehicle must be equipped with side mirrors on both sides.
Radar Detectors -- All radar detection devices are illegal aboard the naval installations here in Pensacola.
Cell Phones -- As of 1 December 2005, on all DoD installations cell phone use is prohibited in moving vehicles (both government and privately owned), unless used with a hands-free device or safely parked. A $50 fine will be imposed on violators. Additionally, on-board NAS Pensacola proper, if you drive and talk on a cell phone it is a 1 month (30 days) suspension of driving privileges and 6 points assessed against your license. It only takes 12 points and an individual loses driving privileges for one year.
Vehicle Checks -- All vehicles entering or leaving the various military installations here at Pensacola are subject to search. NAS Security conducts searches periodically with the use of military dogs.
Troop Formations -- all troop formations have the right of way.
Crosswalks -- Vehicle drivers are required to remained stopped until pedestrians in crosswalks are completely clear of the road, not just the lane that the vehicle driver is in. This applies to all roadways aboard NAS Pensacola, Corry Station and Saufley Field per the following instruction: OPNAVINST 5100.12 J and NASPCLAINST 5560.5AA.
Running/Jogging -- Runners/joggers are to wear high visibility clothing during daylight hours and reflective material when running at dusk/dawn/night.
Crime Stop -- Contact NAS Security at 850-452-2453 for any suspicious activities or findings onboard NAS. In the Pensacola community contact the local Crime Stoppers at 850-433-7867. For emergencies dial 911.
If you are an active duty military member stationed in Florida, you and your dependents do not need a Florida Driver's License unless:
To get or renew a Florida Driver's License, as of 01 January 2010, you will need at least 4 forms of identification:
Motorists will get one chance to renew online, but after 2014, anyone without the new certified license might have trouble getting on a plane or elsewhere where an official ID is required.
You can find out everything you need on the State of Florida's new website.
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 3 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.