MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (WNCT) – The Marine Corps says that Department of Defense personnel who live and work onboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will no longer be issued vehicle decals that identify them as DOD personnel.
The new policy was issued May 9. It directs all Marine Corps installations to cease the issue of vehicle decals, effective immediately.
Officials at MCAS Cherry Point want to reiterate that the elimination of decals won’t change any other base access policies, which require a valid state vehicle registration, proof of insurance, a valid state driver’s license, a safety inspection sticker for states that require one as part of their registration, and appropriate DOD credentials. Personnel assigned permanently to Cherry Point or any of its supported commands are still required to register their vehicles at the installation Pass and ID office. That’s whether they live on or off of the air station. All personnel, whether permanent or not, are still be required to provide appropriate identification credentials to sentries at base access points each time they enter the air station. That includes active and retired DOD identification or the RAPIDGate credentials issued to vendors, suppliers, contractors and service providers.
The policy change follows a review of installation access policies to ensure the highest levels of security. Back in March 2015, DOD policy was changed to require 100 percent ID checks at all points of entry onto all Marine Corps installations. That’s in addition to standard security measures. The Corps says the ID check policy is the best way to ensure only authorized personnel have access. The elimination of decals further emphasizes the requirement for personnel to provide appropriate ID at the gates.
Personnel who have been issued DOD decals are no longer required to keep them on their vehicles as, “Vehicle decals no longer serve a useful purpose; specifically, use of decals is incompatible with the requirement to conduct 100 percent identification card checks at all points of ingress at Marine Corps installations.”
Installations are required to conduct vehicle registration compliance checks during spot checks of suspicious vehicles and when conducting random antiterrorism measures, and during traffic stops. Those who fail to register vehicles aboard an installation shall be subject to citation, loss of driving privileges, impoundment and/or other adverse personnel or administrative actions. Unit leaders are required to validate compliance during holiday vehicle safety checks. Personnel with temporary vehicle registration will still be issued visitors’ validation credentials.