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WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii (May 14, 2021) -- U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii has made several updates to its vehicle registration program, which was launched earlier this year.

Updates made include who is required to register, an additional installation, Tripler, was added to the list of exclusions, and the Vehicle Registration Office located in the Garrison Safety Office on Wheeler Army Airfield is closing effective May 14. 

Additionally, units and organizations who are doing mass registrations must turn in their registration sheets by Aug. 2, 2021. Soldiers and civilian employees should check with their personnel section or supervisor to see if they can register their vehicle with their unit/office, or if they need to go in person to one of the Vehicle Registration Offices. Enforcement will begin Dec. 1, 2021.

Additional informationon the program, with all updates captured is below.

U.S. Army Hawaii Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army civilians assigned to Army organizations, and anyone living on an Army installation in Hawaii are required to register their privately owned vehicles with the garrison. 

Fort DeRussy, Pililaau Army Recreation Center and Tripler Army Medical Center are excluded from the vehicle registration requirement. 

  • Anyone assigned to a unit or office headquartered on Fort DeRussy, Pililaau Army Recreation Center or Tripler Army Medical Center does not need to register their vehicle (unless they fall into another required category, such as living on another Army installation)
  • Soldiers or families who live on Tripler do not need to register their vehicles unless they are assigned to an Army unit or office headquartered on another Army installation

Personnel and their families will register their vehicles as a part of in-processing or upon the start of their lease for family housing.

The sponsor, or another adult family member, can register all of the family’s cars at once. Photocopies of the required documents are allowed when registering multiple vehicles. 

In order to register a vehicle, the sponsor or adult family member will need to have:

  • Department of Defense ID
  • State driver's license
  • Hawaii vehicle registration (newly arrived personnel may show proof of another state’s registration if they haven’t registered their vehicle in Hawaii)
  • Hawaii safety check
  • proof of valid insurance
  • Sponsor’s DOD ID number, social security number and unit info (if another adult family member is registering the vehicle)

Vehicles can be registered at:

  • The Visitor Control Center at Leilehua Golf Course, open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • The Fort Shafter Military Police Station, Bldg. T-118, 512 Palm Cir Dr, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

See our community calendar for any modifications to the vehicle registration offices' hours of operation.

Soldiers and civilian employees must show proof of disposition for all vehicles registered in their name in order to clear the installation. Disposition includes the bill of lading when shipping a vehicle, proof of sale and Hawaii title transfer paperwork, proof of disposal through a State-approved scrap company, or a memo from the sponsor’s battalion commander (or equivalent) certifying proper vehicle disposal.

Anyone who abandons a vehicle on garrison property may be flagged and charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (service members) or federal law (civilians).


Who Must Register

  • All Soldiers assigned to a U.S. Army Hawaii unit, or a unit that is headquartered on an Army installation and their family members
  • Department of the Army civilian employees who work for a U.S. Army Hawaii unit/organization (except for Fort DeRussy, Pililaau Army Recreation Center and Tripler Army Medical Center)
  • Anyone (regardless of military branch or status) living on an Army installation (except for Tripler Army Medical Center) 


Who Does Not Need To Register

  • Visitors and vendors: Vehicles are automatically registered when a visitor pass is granted from a vehicle processing center or visitor control center.
  • Department of Defense civilian employees who work at a non-Army unit/organization (AAFES, Defense Commissary Agency)
  • Soldiers assigned to non-U.S. Army Hawaii units (for example, Indo-Pacific Command on Camp Smith) unless they live on an Army installation (other than Tripler)
  • Contractors
  • Tripler Army Medical Center employees or residents
  • Soldiers and civilian employees who work on Tripler Army Medical Center do not need to register their vehicles unless they live on another Army installation. 
  • Soldiers or families who live on Tripler do not need to register their vehicles unless they are assigned to an Army unit or office headquartered on another Army installation
  • Community members accessing an installation with a Gold Star, retiree or Veteran Health ID card
  • Members of other branches of service (Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps) and their family members who are visiting or temporarily accessing U.S. Army Hawaii installations (to visit friends, shop at the Commissary, pick up children from a school, see a health care provider). Anyone living on an Army installation (other than Tripler) regardless of military affiliation must register their vehicle. 
  • Members of the Army Reserve or National Guard unless they are assigned to a unit that is headquartered on an Army installation (for example, the Hawaii Air National Guard on Wheeler Army Airfield or 196th Infantry Brigade on Fort Shafter Flats)
  • Anyone with a rental car


Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the garrison have a vehicle registration program?

U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii has historically had problems with abandoned vehicles. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 abandoned vehicles that have been identified for removal on U.S. Army Hawaii installations. The garrison cannot keep up with the rate of vehicles being abandoned. By preventing more vehicles from becoming abandoned on Army property, the garrison can focus on efficiently removing already identified abandoned vehicles.

Does it cost money to register my vehicle on post?

No -- installation vehicle registration is separate from State registration, and does not cost any money. It also only needs to be done once.

Is Tripler Army Medical Center included in the vehicle registration program?

No. Soldiers and civilian employees who work on Tripler are exempt from registering unless they live on another Army installation. Soldiers or families who live on Tripler do not need to register their vehicles unless they are assigned to an Army unit or office headquartered on another Army installation. Additionally, other community members (from other branches of service, veterans) who are accessing Tripler for health care do not need to register their vehicles either.

Are there any Army installations not included in the vehicle registration requirement?

Fort DeRussy, Pililaau Army Recreation Center and Tripler Army Medical Center are excluded from the vehicle registration requirement.

  • Anyone assigned to a unit or office headquartered on Fort DeRussy, Pililaau Army Recreation Center or Tripler Army Medical Center does not need to register their vehicle (unless they fall into another required category, such as living on another Army installation)
  • Soldiers or families who live on Tripler do not need to register their vehicles unless they are assigned to an Army unit or office headquartered on another Army installation

I have a Gold Star/Veteran Health/Retiree ID card. I don’t live on post. Do I need to register my vehicle?

No, community members accessing an installation with a Gold Star, retiree or Veteran Health ID card do not need to register their vehicle.

I am a Soldier but live and work on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Do I still need to register my car?

If you are assigned to an Army unit in Hawaii (for example, the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command), you must register your vehicle. If you are a Soldier assigned to a non-Army unit (such as Indo-Pacific Command), you do not need to register your vehicle unless you live on an Army installation other than Tripler.

I am a Soldier and work on Camp Smith. Do I still need to register my car?

If you are a Soldier assigned to a non-Army unit (such as Indo-Pacific Command), you do not need to register your vehicle unless you live on an Army installation other than Tripler. If you are assigned to an Army unit in Hawaii (for example, the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command), you must register your vehicle.

Can any adult family member register the family vehicles?

Yes – you will need the sponsor’s DOD ID number, social security number and unit info in addition to the State’s vehicle registration, proof of safety inspection, proof of insurance and driver’s license.

I am a retiree. I do not work for the Army and I do not live on an Army installation. Do I still need to register my vehicle?

No, you do not need to register your vehicle.

I am a Department of the Army Civilian employee. I normally drive myself to work, but sometimes my spouse will drive me to and from work in their car. Should I register all of my family's cars, or just mine?

You should register all vehicles that will be coming on and off the installation. There is no limit on the number of vehicle registrations.

I work for AAFES/the Commissary/a bank on post. Do I have to register my vehicle?

No, you do not need to register your vehicle unless you fall into another required category, such as living on an Army installation (other than Tripler), or your sponsor is a Soldier or civilian employee assigned to an Army unit or organization.

I am a contractor and work on an Army installation. Do I have to register my vehicle?

No, you do not need to register your vehicle unless you fall into another required category, such as living on an Army installation (other than Tripler), or your sponsor is a Soldier or civilian employee assigned to an Army unit or organization.

I just moved here and have a rental car for the next month and a half. Should I register the rental vehicle?

No. Just ensure you keep a copy of the rental car agreement in the vehicle. In the event you are stopped for inspection or pulled over, show the rental agreement and that will take place for the vehicle registration.

What are the locations and hours of operation for Vehicle Registration?

The Visitor Control Center at Leilehua Golf Course, open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Fort Shafter Military Police Station, Bldg. T-118, 512 Palm Cir Dr, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Both locations are closed on federal holidays and training holidays. Visit our community calendar for any other modifications to the vehicle registration offices' hours of operation.

Will I be issued a vehicle decal?

No, you will not be issued a decal. Upon successful registration of your vehicle your information will be maintained in the ALERTS database.

Is proof of vehicle registration required to access Army installations?

No. Registration information will be maintained in the Army Law Enforcement Reporting and Tracking System, or ALERTS. Vehicle registration information will be checked by Army law enforcement on Army installations during traffic stops, vehicle inspections at gates, and random checkpoints.

I am in another branch of the military but live on an Army installation. Do I need to register my vehicle?

Yes. Anyone living on an Army installation other than Tripler regardless of branch of service or other affiliation must register their vehicles.

I am a non-Army civilian employee who lives in Army housing. Do I need to register my vehicle?

Yes. Anyone living on an Army installation other than Tripler regardless of branch of service or other affiliation must register their vehicles.

Can I make an appointment to register my vehicle?

No; vehicle registration is a walk-in only service.

Can I register my vehicle online?

No, vehicle registration must be done in person in order to verify the vehicle documentation.

I have another question that isn't listed. Who can I contact for more information?

Contact usarmy.hawaii.visitors@mail.mil for any questions or concerns.