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Motor Vehicles

Registration and licensing requirements

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 Motor Vehicle Services page for links to state-specific websites.

Motor vehicle laws

State and local laws regulate the operation of motor vehicles, and these laws can vary by location. Many states regulate the following:

  • Seatbelt use
  • Child safety seats
  • Motorcycle operation
  • The use of cellphones and other digital devices while driving

Learn more about motor vehicle laws in your state at the State Laws page.

Installation Specific Information

Base Regulations

Speed Limits -- On-base speed limit 25 unless otherwise posted; all housing areas are a constant 15 mph, school zones are constant 15 mph. Speed is strictly enforced by radar and the penalty for a first time offense in a housing or school area is a 30-day driving suspension.

Cellphones -- The use of cell phones is prohibited while driving on base. However, the use hands free devices are allowed. 

Vehicle Checks -- Entering the installation subjects the operator to a vehicle search upon demand by 36th Security Forces Squadron.

Accidents/Criminal Offense -- If an accident or a crime is being committed, then report it immediately to the 36th Security Forces Squadron regardless of damage or suspected crime. You may call 911 but you must identify yourself as residing on Andersen AFB. 36th Security Forces Squadron is 366-6666/2913.

Restricted Areas -- Flight Lines and Northwest Field; others as marked.

Photography -- Photographing on the flightline is not authorized unless permission is granted by 36 OSS/CC and coordinated with 36 SFS/SFOS.

Guam Driver's License

Active Duty Military Member with a valid U.S. driver's license is not required to obtain a Guam License and may drive with a valid U.S. license.

Active Duty Military Member without a valid U.S. driver's license must follow procedures as a first time driver over 18 years of age.

Procedure for spouse or dependent, wishing to obtain a Guam driver's license, with a valid U.S. driver's license:

  • May drive on Guam for 30 days before obtaining new license
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Go to Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation Building located in Barrigada, Route 16. They are open from 0800-1700, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
  • Complete Driver's License Application Form and proceed to the driver's license issuance line
  • Present your Social Security Card and one of the following valid forms of ID: Guam ID, US military ID, US Passport, Foreign Passport, Alien registration, Naturalization certification, or Firearms ID
  • Surrender current U.S. driver's license
  • Pass eye examination
  • Pay a fee of $25 (3 year driver's license) or $45 (5 year driver's license). Note that there is a convenience fee if you use a credit card for payment. 
  • Note that obtaining a Guam Driver's License does not change an individual's residential status but gives the holder the privilege to drive on Guam.

Procedure for first time drivers over 18 years of age: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid Certificate of Completion from a Driver's Education Service consisting of 40 hours training (32 classroom hours and 8 in-car hours)
  • Present a valid Social Security Card and one of the following valid forms of ID: Guam ID, US military ID, US Passport, Foreign Passport, Alien registration, Naturalization certification, or Firearms ID Complete Driver's License Application Form
  • Pass Written and Road Test

Of major importance, the applicant's name must be exactly the same on all submitted documentation, any variation such as a missing middle name or a different last name without certified copies of documents proving the change in name will result in the rejection of the application.

First time Driver's License Applicants need to complete the following three stages.

1. Learner's Permit:

a. Minimum age is fifteen and half (15 years, 6 months) years. Candidates are required to pass vision and written knowledge test. The written test must consist of rules of the road, traffic signs and signals as provided by a certified Driver's Education School.
b. Must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian who is a fully licensed driver at all times while driving.
c. The permit holder's parent, guardian, or designee must certify that the permit holder, has completed at least fifty (50) hours of supervised driving, ten (10) hours of which must be during the nigh time hours after 7:00 pm.

2. Intermediate License:

a. Minimum age is sixteen (16) years
b. Must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian who is fully licensed driver at all times.
c. Must not be at fault in any collision and remain conviction free of all traffic and motor vehicle code violations for twelve (12) consecutive months.

3. Full Licensure:

a. Minimum age must be seventeen (17) years.
b. Must have completed Intermediate licensing stage.

All unlicensed applicants or drivers with licenses issued outside the United States (regardless of age or driving experience) must attend an approved driver education course, pass a written examination, and pass an over-the-road driving test before being issued a Guam driver's license.

Minors (16-18 years of age) must provide "certified to be true copy" evidence of completion of a driver's education course. Parents must provide written consent for the minor to operate a motor vehicle.

On Guam, International Driving Permits associated with a non-U.S. driver's license are only recognized as valid for 30 days.

Guam Motor Vehicle Division

Vehicle Registration

Vehicles coming from foreign bases must comply with all U.S. safety and EPA exhaust emission standards, including a working catalytic converter, and must obtain Guam registration.

All vehicles arriving on Guam must pass a safety inspection once they arrive on island. State-issued safety certificates are not recognized by the Government of Guam. There is a safety inspection station on Andersen as well one at the Naval Station. Temporary transport permits are available to move vehicles from the pick-up point to a safety inspection station.

The Territory of Guam (including Andersen AFB) has a Financial Responsibility Law in the amounts of $25,000/$50,000/$20,000. Private vehicle owners must have sufficient current insurance to meet this requirement.

If your current insurer does not cover vehicles on Guam, consider obtaining a letter from them stating that you have had no claims (if appropriate), which could earn you a lower rate with local insurance companies. Because damage from typhoons is considered an "Act of God," many insurance policies consider adding a "typhoon" rider to your policy.

Shipping your Vehicle

To avoid local transportation expenses as well as difficulties when arriving, you should consider shipping vehicle in plenty of time to ensure your car arrives when you do or well before.

Those shipping a vehicle from a foreign country you must ensure that the vehicle complies with all United States EPA vehicle emission standards and is equipped with a catalytic converter. Foreign cars must also comply with all the usual safety standards (lights, reflectors, turn signals, no cracked windshields, good main and emergency brakes, horn, seatbelts, rear view mirror, good tires, etc.)

Members shipping American or European-made cars should buy and ship common repair and replacement items--oil, gas, and air filters, injectors, spark plugs, etc. Because repairs are expensive, and ordering even common parts for American or European brand vehicles can take as long as 8-10 weeks, vehicles should be in tip-top shape before shipping. American/European vehicle dealerships are small and some brands are not represented.

Local Motor Vehicle Regulations

Spouses are required to obtain a Guam Driver's license within 30 days of arrival.  No test required if the spouse possesses a valid state license. All others will be required to take both written and road tests. Active duty members are exempted under the Soldiers and Sailors Act. 

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