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United States Army
Wiesbaden Army Community Service
22 Mississippi Street
Wiesbaden Germany 65189
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.
Accompanied personnel are authorized two Privately Owned Vehicles (POVs) and two motorized and non-motorized recreational POVs. Unaccompanied or single personnel are authorized one POV and one motorized recreational POV. Requests for waivers to the limit of POVs registered will be approved by the Base Support Battalion (USAG) Commander.
On the day the POV arrives, owners with a valid USAREUR Driver's certificate will process through the field registration station. You will need:
You must have all of these documents prior to receiving a temporary registration and car plates. After picking up your vehicle you must take it through inspection. In order to pass inspection you will have to purchase a First Aid kit and warning triangle that will remain in your POV. If the POV passes inspection, the owner will be issued AE Form 190-1A which will be valid for one to two years. Your car must be re-registered and inspected every 1 or 2 years. Opening hours are Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (last sign-in is 3:00 p.m.), DSN 314-548-7819/20/21 or 22 or COM 011 49 611-1473-548-7819/20/21/ or 22.
Bicycle Registration -- Bicycles do not have to be registered.
Boat Registration -- Boats have to be registered with the German authorities. The boat trailer would be registered through vehicle registration.
Motorcycle Registration -- If you have a valid stateside license with motorcycle endorsement, you must pass a motorcycle driving test before being able to legally drive a motorcycle in Germany. Motorcycle license testing is offered April through September only. Each applicant is required to bring:
If you do not have a US motorcycle endorsement prior to your arrival in Germany, you can take a required course on the local economy, given in the German language, and at your expense (very expensive).
Hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.
Children four (4) years old or younger who do not exceed 50 pounds must use U.S. or GE approved child safety seats. Children over four (4) years and in excess of 50 pounds and children under twelve (12) years must be seated in the rear seat of the vehicle with the seat belt fastened unless the rear seats are already occupied by children in that age group or the vehicle does not have a back seat. Children 12 and under or 4'11" tall, require an approved U.S. or GE car booster seat.
Seat belts must be worn by all drivers and passengers while operating any vehicle on- or off-post. Pregnant women must also wear seat belts at all times. If for any reason the seat belts cannot be worn, a medical certificate must be presented.
Motorcycle helmets are required both on- and off-post. Helmets for bicycling, skateboarding, roller-blading, and riding a scooter are required on-post, but not off-post.
Motor Vehicles Tinted Windows
USAREUR Regulation 190-1 states "Transparent of tinted (after-market) material attached to the rear or side windows to reduce glare will be of a professional nature and must not distort the driver's vision. When after-market material is used on the windshield, it may be placed on the top edge only, and will not extend more than 4 inches (100 mm) downward on a horizontal plane from the top where the windshield and care body connect." The complete regulation can be accessed here.
Proof of insurance is required before your vehicle can be registered. USAA has offices and representatives in Germany. Other U.S. companies may subcontract with a local insurance company. Shop around when purchasing car insurance and make sure you understand your coverage. German law requires the following minimum coverage: 500,000/750,000 Euro for personal injury; 200,000 Euro for property damage; and 20,000 Euro for damages other than personal injury or property.
There is a suggested Autobahn speed limit of 130 km/h (about 80 mp/h). Although there are stretches of the autobahn that have no speed limit, if you are involved in an accident in which you were driving faster than 130 km/h, you could be held responsible. In cities, towns, and villages the maximum speed is 50 km/h, (30 mp/h) unless the road signs indicate a higher or lower speed limit. In slow-traffic zones, now very common in residential areas and city centers, the maximum speed limit is 30 km/h (18 mp/h). Outside cities and villages the top speed limit is 100km/h (60 mp/h). The speed limit on all posts is 30 km/h (18 mp/h) and is strictly enforced.
If you are ever involved in an accident, the German police are in charge. You must fill out a report on the accident for the military police. Contact the Military Police nearest your location. Remain at the scene and place your reflectorized warning triangle a sufficient distance away from the rear of the scene. Notify your insurance company even if you are not at fault.
Fuel Ration Card/Gas Stations
Fuel for your vehicle is rationed in Germany. Depending upon the size of the engine, you will be authorized purchase of 200 or 400 liters per month (600 liters for some large trucks and large Utility Vehicles). Your vehicle registration will contain your fuel ration card.
Mainz-Kastel Station and Hainerberg have the only two on-post gas stations in the Wiesbaden area. These gas stations accept the fuel ration card, dollars, checks or credit cards. More information regarding your fuel ration card will be provided at the Newcomer's Briefing at initial in-processing through the Central Processing Facility.
Fuel Ration card Use:
Fuel Ration card are regulated by the country of issue and can only be used at AAFES gas stations and "Esso" Stations in Germany, otherwise you will pay the full local fuel rate.
Germany Fuel Ration Card
Before pumping fuel into your vehicle:
After pumping fuel into your vehicle:
Helpful Ration Card - Information and Terminology:
1. What is a Germany fuel ration card?
AAFES and Esso have designed a special card that works automatically to control rationed retail tax- and duty-free purchases of vehicle fuel.
2. Will I be able to pay at the pump with this fuel ration card?
No. The German government does not allow “pay at the pump” technology to be part of this fuel ration card system.
3. Can I use the fuel ration card to purchase anything other than fuel?
No. The card is only for purchasing fuel.
4. If I have more than one vehicle, will my fuel ration card cash balance be shared across both vehicles?
Yes. Even though the ration account is unique to each vehicle, the cash balance account will carry across all vehicles that are registered to the same sponsor.
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.