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1191 Menoher Drive
11 FSS
Andrews AFB, MD 20762-6421

Phone 301-981-7087
Phone (DSN) 312-858-7087
Fax 301-981-9215
Fax (DSN) 312-858-9215

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Motor Vehicles

Registration & Licensing Requirements

Maryland 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 State Department of Motor Vehicles website.

State Laws

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 (regardless of weight) or under 40 pounds (regardless 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.

Base Regulations

As a general rule, military installations adopt the traffic rules and laws of the host country or state. In most instances, JB Andrews regulations mirror the State of Maryland traffic code.

Child Restraints -- All children must use restraint devices while riding as a passenger. Base law mirrors Maryland law. Maryland's current law (effective June 30, 2008) requires that children under eight years old to ride in an appropriate child restraint, *unless the child is 4'9" or taller or weighs more than 65 pounds. *Child restraint includes car seats and booster seats and other federally approved safety devices. Every child from 8 to 16 years old who is not secured in a child restraint must be secured in the vehicle's seat belt. This law is applicable to in-state and out-of-state vehicles. It is the driver's responsibility for making sure all children are correctly buckled up. It is illegal to leave children under 10 alone in a vehicle, even briefly. If left alone, they must be watched by someone 13 or older.

The District of Columbia has recently passed new ordinances that effect anyone driving in or through the District of Columbia. The first is any child 8 years old or younger must be secured in a car seat.

Helmets -- Also, the use of bicycle safety helmets is mandatory for any operator, regardless of age, of a bicycle while on JB Andrews property.

Hands free devices -- The use of hand-held communication devices while operating a motor vehicle (use with hands-free accessories is permitted). Even if you may only be passing through the District, the new ordinances apply. Stiff fines can result for non-compliance.

Speed Limits -- The speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted and is strictly enforced by police patrols equipped with radar.

Seat Belts -- Seat belts are required at all times while driving on base.

Parking -- Parking of motor vehicles is authorized only in areas/spaces designated. If a vehicle operator (military or civilian) is stopped by Security Police for a traffic violation or routine identification check, full cooperation with the patrol officer or gate guard is required.

Pedestrians -- Pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way, however, they should not step into crosswalks in the path of approaching vehicles when such action would require emergency braking. Pedestrians must consider surface road conditions prior to entering crosswalks. Bicycle helmets are mandatory safety gear to be worn by anyone, regardless of age, riding a bicycle on JB Andrews property.

Vehicle Checks -- Normally (current world events not withstanding) vehicle checks are conducted randomly at the gates. These are visual checks, not searches. If the vehicle operator does not allow security police to inspect the vehicle, entry to the base may be denied.

Accidents -- All Motor vehicle accidents must be reported immediately to the Security Police Desk Sergeant, located in Building 1845, (301) 981-2001 (858-2001 from office phones).

Criminal Offenses -- If a vehicle operator is taken into custody for any criminal offense, such as: drug/firearms violations, disorderly conduct, nuisance, larceny, vandalism, DWI/reckless driving, etc..., an appearance before the U.S. Magistrate Court, if civilian; a military Commander, if military, may be required.

Crime Stop -- The Security Police have a crime reporting phone which can be used in the event a crime or suspicious act is observed. It is 301-981-2677 (calling from off base); or 2-2677 if calling from on-base. The caller does not have to identify him/herself.

Restricted Areas -- Because JB Andrews is the home of Air Force One and many DV movements per week, security assumes a higher priority when the President and/or distinguished visitors enter or leave the base. Normally, this does not inconvenience residents and employees for more than a few minutes. Passengers and others in the air terminal may be restricted during the last 15-20 minutes before an entourage enters or leaves the aircraft boarding area.

Personal Weapons -- Privately-owned weapons of personnel residing in dormitories must be placed in the 11th Security Forces Armory (Bldg 1845) on Westover Drive immediately upon arrival at Andrews AFB, and must be registered within 72 hours. Personnel residing in family housing will store their privately-owned weapons in their quarters. Housing residents must register privately-owned weapons within 72 hours of their initial arrival onto the installation. Call 301-981-6669 for information.

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