Information and Referral Services - Airman & Family Readiness Center
502 W. Van Matre Ave.
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
Phone 850-882-9060 / 850-882-9061
Phone (DSN) 312-872-9060
Fax (DSN) 312-872-9669/312-875-1191
Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun - closed
Holidays - closed
Registration & Licensing Requirements
Florida 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.
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 three 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.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.
Effective 1 July 2008, everyone with an out of state license will be required to have a certified birth certificate or U.S. passport to switch to a Florida Driver's license. For more information call 850-833-9122 or visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
Eglin AFB Cell Phone policy
Motor vehicle operators on Eglin AFB are prohibited from using cell phones while operating a vehicle on the base. Hands-free devices are mandatory and walkie-talkie cell phones are not considered hands-free. Severe penalties start at 7 day suspension and escalate from there. Eglin is the largest AFB in the Air Force and you do not want to be without driving privileges at Eglin AFB!
Eglin AFB is a Federal National Defense Installation. All vehicles on this base are subject to search and inspection at any time by Eglin Security Forces. Driving aboard Eglin AFB is a privilege and not a right. Said privileges may be suspended or revoked for cause at any time. Any withdraw of consent to these conditions will result in the immediate surrender of your decal and pass, as well as loss of base driving privileges.
Children age six and under must be buckled up regardless of where they are sitting in the vehicle. Children ages four and five must be secured in either a seat belt or approved child restraint seat; children under the age of four must be secured in an approved car seat. Failure to keep children buckled may result in fines.
The speed limit for Eglin AFB is 25 MPH unless otherwise posted. Traffic violations on Eglin can be considered state violations also and may affect insurance rates. Eglin AFB has many one-way streets. Drivers should be alert for changes in street traffic directions.
If involved in an accident, the driver must stop and call the Security Forces, if on base. Call 850-882-2502 to report an accident. Off base, the driver must contact the local police, Florida Highway Patrol or County Sheriff. A driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash involving personal injury or death will have his or her license revoked. The driver is also subject to criminal penalties.
All locations are clearly marked and unauthorized individuals caught in these areas will be prosecuted.
It is unauthorized to take photographs of the flight line or of any aircraft without pre-approved authorization from the Command Post or respective Job Control agency(s).
Persons residing in Eglin Bachelor Officer Quarters, Bachelor Airman Quarter, and Temporary Lodging Facility must register and surrender their firearms/ammunition to the Security Forces, bldg 272, for storage in the Security Forces Armory immediately upon arrival on base. Personnel residing in the housing area may store their firearms and ammunition in their quarters. Call 850-882-5009 or DSN 312-872-5009 for more information.
Registering Vehicles on Base
On Base Vehicle Registration is NO LONGER REQUIRED as of 30 March 2007. This also includes HFLD and Tyndall AFB. Authorized ID Cards will be used to grant entry through the gates. The following documents must be on hand while operating a POV on the installation:
- State Vehicle Registration
- State Drivers License
- Insurance Certificate
- Armed Forces ID Card or Base Pass
- All Documents must be valid & current
A base decal with current year is still required for entry to the nearby Navy bases. If you need to go frequently to the Navy bases, it would be a good idea to register your vehicle at their base. The Navy bases are NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field and Coastal Systems Command in Panama City.
Florida Vehicle Registration
For out-of-state service members bringing a vehicle to Florida, the cost is typically between $178 and $190.85, including a one-time -$225.00 initial registration fee, a $-85.75 title fee, and an annual tag fee of between $-28.10 and $-46.10.
If there is a lien on the vehicle, there is an additional $2 fee. There are -six offices in Okaloosa County-to include a satellite office in the Eglin Personnel Center, Bldg 210, room - 179. You are able to purchase license plates, pay tax and transfer registrations on vehicles, boats, and other things requiring registration. The phone number is 850-651-7300.
Members of the U.S. armed forces stationed in Florida, but who maintain their legal residence outside of Florida, are classified as nonresident military and are eligible for lower registration fees. The owner must submit a copy of their military orders or a current Leave and Earnings statement (LES) and sign a Military Nonresident Affidavit before a notary. Proof of Florida insurance is mandatory.
Sales Tax -- If a vehicle has been purchased overseas (tax-free), Florida requires that sales tax be collected (6% state tax and an additional 1% local tax) if it has not been previously collected (using either the blue book value or the bill of sale as the price of the vehicle).
Boats -- All motorized vessels must be registered, titled and issued a decal before they can be used in Florida waters. This falls under the responsibility of the Tax Collector. Vessel registration fees are based on the length of the boat.
Florida Driver's License
A Florida Operator's License is required 30 days after you become a permanent resident. If you have a valid license from another state, you need only take a vision test. An original Social Security card and two IDs with full name and date of birth are required. With tickets or violations, a road signs test and vision test are required. Handbooks are available at the exam stations.