Information and Referral
166 C Circle
Suite 204, Building 1114
Columbus AFB, MS 39710-7901
Phone (DSN) 312-742-2790
Fax (DSN) 312-742-2483
Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat & Sun - Closed
Registration & Licensing Requirements
Mississippi 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.
Mississippi law requires the following while traveling in private passenger vehicles:
- All children under 4 years of age be in child safety seats
- Every driver and every front seat passenger must wear a properly fastened safety seat belt system that meets each person's age and weight requirements
- Every child who is at least 4 years of age but under 8 years of age, regardless of the location inside the vehicle, must wear a properly fastened safety seat belt system that meets each child's age and weight requirements.
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.
Seat Belts/Child Restraints
Mississippi State traffic regulations apply on Columbus AFB. Seat belt and/or restraints are mandatory for everyone in base and mandatory for service members off base. Mississippi requires seat belt use for drivers and all front seat passengers. Base officials can stop vehicles for suspected non-use of seat belts. Child safety seats and/or restraints are mandatory in Mississippi for all children. A new statute requires the use of seat belts by every child between the ages of four and eight regardless of where they sit in an automobile.
Children under the age of four must be protected by a child restraint device. Under the federal magistrate program, family members, civilian workers, and military retirees in violation of base traffic regulations can be ticketed by the Security Forces and be subject to fines in federal court.
Cell Phones or any other Electronic Devices
The Air Force Safety Center recently updated AFI 91-207, “The US Air Force Traffic Safety Program.” The following is a summary of the changes that affect you and your dependents:
1. Text messaging while operating a government motor vehicle, operating a PMV on official government business or utilizing a government owned electronic device are prohibited on and off a DOD installation.
2. Using cell phones, any listening device or other hand-held electronic devices, that take attention away from driving is prohibited. Drivers may use a single ear bud or voice-activated hands-free device, where allowed by law. However, use of hands-free devices is also discouraged as they create significant distractions from safe driving performance.
3. All personnel on Air Force installations are prohibited from using portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, iPods, or other listening and entertainment devices (other than hearing aids) while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skateboarding on any roadway, including perimeter road and base housing areas. The previous rule of one ear bud while running or walking on the roads is rescinded, however, headphones and ear buds may be used on sidewalks and on the base running track.
Additional changes to the AFI 91-207
4. All personnel who jog, walk or run on Columbus AFB during periods of inclement weather or at night, are required to wear retro-reflective clothing or retro-reflective accessories visible from the front and back. This requirement does not apply to the running track.
5. Motorcycle riders are reminded that proper PPE is required to ride on base, which includes high visibility colors during the day and a retro-reflective upper garment during the night. Riders must wear abrasion resistant gloves and are encouraged to wear abrasion resistant jackets and trousers.
When you drive in Mississippi, you give your implied consent to testing for the presence of alcohol or drugs. If a Law Enforcement Officer has good reason to suspect you're driving under the influence, he can ask you to take a breath or chemical test. You have the right to refuse, in which case you must surrender your driver's license on the spot.
Mississippi enacted "Zero Tolerance" to curb teenage drinking and related accidents. The blood alcohol content of .02 applies to anyone under the age of 21. A person who drinks as little as one to two beers could be cited under DUI laws. The standard for drivers 21 or older is .08 percent. Columbus AFB aggressively pursues driving under the influence.
Registering Vehicles on Base
Registering your vehicles (including motorcycles) are no longer a requirement at Columbus AFB.