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China Lake Pass and ID Office/ CAC Office
1 Administration Circle
Bldg 1487, Stop 1202
China Lake, CA 93555
Pass and ID Bldg 1487
CAC office Bldg 1182
Pass and ID
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
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.
Registration & Licensing Requirements
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.
In California, nonresident military personnel are permitted to operate a vehicle with valid license plates from either:
Military orders do not include orders for leave, temporary duty, or other assignment of any nature requiring the military person’s presence outside the foreign jurisdiction where the owner was regularly assigned and stationed for duty.
This section applies to all vehicles owned by the military person or spouse except any CMV used in any business manner.
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.
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.
Operating a POV on Station
Vehicle registration papers and a valid operator's permit from your home state are needed to operate a privately owned vehicle both on and off Station. Drivers from other states should also get a valid California driver's license promptly. Active Duty Military and their dependents can retain their out of state License as long as their AD status does not change or they are not a CA resident. Reservists and retirees are not applicable.
Decals and Registration
Decals are not mandated onboard the installation if accessing the main side of the installation but in order to access secured areas such as the Flight line and Ranges a decal is required. To obtain a decal the Pass & ID office is located outside the main gate on China Lake Blvd, contact info 760-939-3160. Please have your vehicle registration and proof of insurance available.
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.