Update: Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed On Navy Bases

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By CNRNW Public Affairs

On July 1, 2013, vehicles regularly accessing Navy bases will no longer be required to have permanent installation-access decals.

Eliminating the vehicle decal requirement will improve security posture by providing electronic credentialing and increased scrutiny in the manual verification of an authorized credential or identification card.

The new policy will also result in cost savings and a reduction in administrative tasks. Vehicle decal elimination at Navy installations aligns base access policies with other military services. Elimination of the vehicle decal requirement does not eliminate the requirement for an individual to properly register and insure their vehicle.

Navy Installations will locally manage parking and visitor control.

ASN (EI&E) Vehicle Decal Memo of 18 Mar 2011 “Installation Vehicle Registration Program” eliminated the requirement for vehicles entering Department of the Navy installations to be registered via the DD Form 2220 vehicle decal.

Vehicles on any Navy installation must continue to be licensed, registered, inspected, and insured in accordance with state and local laws. Rental vehicles are considered privately-owned vehicles for purposes of base entry and access control. The vehicle rental contract will suffice as proper licensing, registration, and proof of insurance for base access.

Personnel who are permanently assigned to the installation will continue to register their vehicle(s) at Pass & ID. The information will be entered into the Combined Law Enforcement Operations Center database; however, Pass & ID will no longer issue the DD Form 2220 vehicle decal.

Access control to NRNW installations will continued to be executed using 100% checks of access control credentials, such as Common Access Cards, NRNW Access Control Badges, and retiree and dependent ID cards at installation perimeter and high security enclave gates.

Parking enforcement will be accomplished in accordance with installation parking plans.

Motorcycle safety requirements will be accomplished by implementing the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and the Random Antiterrorism Measure Program (RAMP).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.) Why is the Navy eliminating the requirement for vehicle decals?
A1.) Since Sept. 11, 2001, 100 percent I.D. card checks have been implemented at all DoD installations. Authorization to access any DoD installation is based on verification of a valid credential or I.D. card. Vehicle decals were used to ensure vehicles on Navy installations complied with state requirements for vehicle registration and insurance. State programs have become more uniform and efficient, eliminating one of the main reasons for vehicle decals.

Other issues prompting the change in policy include: Expense in administering the program; decals being moved from vehicle to vehicle and are easily counterfeited and cars sold to non-DON personnel with current decal still attached, all posed additional security risks to Navy installations.

Q2.) Will this elimination change the requirement for proper licensing and registration for personnel entering the installation?
A2.) Persons using privately- owned vehicles on Navy installations will still be required to meet state and local requirements including valid insurance, vehicle safety inspections, registration, proof of motorcycle safety training (where applicable), etc.

Q3.) When will the elimination of these decals take place?
A3.) The elimination of the requirement for base decals will be effective July 1, 2013.

Q4.) How will this affect contractors coming on the base?
A4.) Contractors are managed separately. Contractors either receive a temporary pass for a one trip visit or they register under the Navy Commercial Access Control System that provides background checks and periodic reviews to allow them to be issued an annual valid credential for access to Navy installations for official business.

Q5.) Will this affect visiting procedures?
A5.) No. Visitors will continue to use the normal visitor procedures established by the installation commanding officer.

Q6.) What should drivers do with the decals currently on their cars once the change is implemented?
A6.) For frequent visitors to installations requiring decals, the current decal may be left on the vehicle until the expiration date. Otherwise, it is recommended that the decal be removed.

Q7.) How will the elimination of decals affect security on Navy installations?
A7.) In addition to our policy of conducting random Anti-terrorism checks, we will conduct command authorized administrative checks, similar to the way security departments conduct Driving-Under-the-Influence checks. These administrative checks will check identification, vehicle licensing, etc. We will also continue to rely on the assistance of the military community to report suspicious or abandoned cars, etc.

Q8.) Without the vehicle decal, how will security identify individuals who are eligible to park in reserved parking spaces (CO, CMC, 0-6, Flag Officer, etc.)?
A8.) Parking will be managed at the local level in accordance with the installation parking plan

Q9.) How will I be able to enter military bases that require decals if I don’t have a vehicle decal?
A9.) This depends on the requirements of that particular service. You may be required to obtain a visitor’s pass. If you frequently visit installations that still require decals, you may wish to check and see if that installation will allow you to register your vehicle (and obtain a decal) for that particular base.

Q10.) Will commissioned officers still be saluted?
A10.) Yes. After checking the I.D. card, the active duty Sailor gate sentry will render the proper salute, assuming traffic conditions and force protection conditions permit. As done currently, Navy Civilian Police and Guards will render appropriate respect and deference.”

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19 responses to “Update: Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed On Navy Bases

  1. How will those of us using the parking garages be affected/identified? Will we be required to obtain anything other than our parking pass?

  2. It sounds like they will save money by not issuing DOD decals, but then will spend that saved money on issuing local parking decals.

  3. Bottom line is have your registration, proof of insurance,drivers license, badge and cac card on you or in the car when ever entering the base. Plus each car you use must be registered with the base but no sticker attached after July 1 2013. Is that correct? .

    • Yes, Army bases such as JBLM still require it. However, the new DOD issued by the Army no longer comes with expiration date stickers. Every time I drive my motorcycle onto the naval base I have to explain to the guards why I do not have expiration stickers. DOD needs to standardize this.

    • When you feel like you have to demand respect, it probably means that you don’t deserve it.

  4. Why are motorcyclist treated differently on base access, shouldn’t this apply to all vehicles? Motorcycle safety requirements will be accomplished by implementing the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and the Random Antiterrorism Measure Program (RAMP).

  5. One of the things that the article did not mention, by not having a DOD sticker in the windshield of your car, it no longer is identified as a vehicle with government access, which could be a target for terrorists when the vehicle is off base, keeping our families safer.

    • +1 I’ve thought about this for a long time. Especially after doing the ATFP e-Learning course annually…

    • True, that’s why force protection at JBLM has been telling us to “cover your sticker up” when going to seattle. They started telling us that after the WTO riots. They did not say how we are supposed to cover them!

  6. What about retired personnel who are using base facilities, i.e., gym, theater, etc.?

  7. I still believe that the parking situation will still be a hassle for DOD employees on Naval Base Kitsap. I have recieved several parking tickets, because the rules cahnge and there is no fluency in getting the word out. I went to the police station to talk to them and to find out the flyer that was put out was directing DOD employees to display the wrong information in their vehicles when parking. This is a huge hassle and demotes morale of the workforce. Make the parking easier and you’ll definetly have a happier workforce!!!

  8. a) My sticker expired 31 MAY 2013. Will I have to again register the vehicle with the base or will they keep the vehicle in the system?
    b) Should I scrape off my sticker completely, or leave the green civilian ribbon attached?
    c) Other employees tell me that I do not need to register my other vehicle, but the article said it needs to be registered with the base. What is the process at PSNS?

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