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Department of the Air Force
Military Personnel Section
135 Dover Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80914
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.
Colorado 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 website https://clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com/motor-vehicle-department/.
Speed Limits -- The speed limit is 30 mph unless otherwise posted. Radar operates on base, and speed limits are strictly enforced.
Cell Phones -- Do not talk or text on your cell phone while driving on base. This is highly enforced and the penalties are steep.
Vehicle Accidents -- Major accidents (disabling injury, damage to a government vehicle, damage over $10,000 or someone driving under the influence of alcohol) must be reported to the Security Police immediately. Minor accidents must be reported in a timely manner. If an accident is not reported to a law enforcement agency, insurance may not pay. Minor vehicle accidents on Peterson require vehicle accident reports and a detailed blotter entry. This is accepted as proof. To report an accident, call (719) 556-4000.
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. All military members must properly register as a motorcycle rider with their unit. Call Safety for more detailed 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.
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.