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U. S. Naval Academy - Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland

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Fleet and Family Support Center
168 Bennion Road, (Metzger Hall)
Annapolis, MD 21402

Phone 410-293-2641
Phone (DSN) 312-281-2641
Fax 410-293-5237
Fax (DSN) 312-281-5237

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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 and 40 pounds 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

Effective July 1, all bases that fall under Navy Installations Command are no longer requiring vehicle decals for base access.

Pass and ID 

All military and civilian faculty and staff must register their vehicles with the USNA Complex Pass and Tag Office located at the Visitors Access Center at Gate 1 to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Center is located at the corner of King George and Randall Streets. Call 410-293-5762 for information. The office is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

To register your vehicle, bring the following:

  • Current Registration
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Military or USNA ID card
  • Proof of current Insurance


Maryland State Traffic Laws are strictly enforced (patrols/radar). Three citations in a 12 month period will result in a warning letter. Fourth citation results in loss of driving and parking privileges aboard the USNA Complex.
Motorcycles -- Require completed approved safety course and proper safety gear.

Driver's License

A military member, who does not claim Maryland as his/her state of residence, is not required to obtain a Maryland driver's license or register a car (in their name alone) in Maryland. This is based on the protections of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (Federal Law). However, they must maintain a valid driver's license and registration in some state or D.C.

If a military member's spouse or family member accompanies them to Maryland, and they are likely to reside in Maryland for more than 1 year, Maryland law requires them to get Maryland licenses. Spouses are supposed to get a Maryland driver's license if they work in the state.

To obtain a MD driver's license, you must appear in person with your current license, SSN, proof of insurance, and original or certified copy of your birth certificate.

Automobile Inspections

A safety inspection is required when a vehicle is brought into the state or ownership changes. Vehicle Emissions Inspections are required every two years and cost $14. Automobile owners are notified by mail when inspection is due. For information on Vehicle Emissions inspections, call 800-638-8347 or call 410-760-0400.


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