New Navy policy for vehicle decals changes next week at NAS Fallon
June 25, 2013
On Monday, vehicles regularly accessing Navy bases including Naval Air Station Fallon 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.
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 percent 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 supported with a CNIC generated template based on current color coding system (Blue: Officers; Red: Enlisted; Green: DON Civilians).
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 using a CNIC- generated template based on current color coding system (Blue: Officers; Red: Enlisted; Green: DON Civilians). The template provides for some standardization at all CNIC installations, but allows for minor changes to accommodate unique local circumstances.
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 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."