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Vehicle Registration
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Vehicle Registration Aboard MCAGCC

The Vehicle Registration Office is open Monday through Friday, with the exceptions of holidays, from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm. We are located at Bldg 901 (outside the Main Gate). For questions, please call (760) 830-6794.


If your license states "FLA" (Federal Limits Apply) or similar verbiage, you will be required to provide at least one of the following additional forms of ID: US Passport, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card, Veteran's Health Identification Card, US Permanent Resident Card, or US Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship. Alternatively, if you have a California ID you may show either a Birth Certificate or Social Security Card.

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For new base employees, please contact your employer for sponsorship onto the installation. Your employer will need to email the required sponsorship information to From this point, you will need to obtain a DBIDS Card, or contact DEERS at (760)830-5365 for a CAC-enabled ID with proof of employment.


Sponsoring a guest / requesting a Visitor Pass

In order to verify eligibility to sponsor, you must provide the Visitor Center with your rank, last name, first name, last 4 of SSN, and a contact number in case any further information is required. If a sponsor profile cannot be found, or has outdated or incomplete information, the sponsor will be required to come to VREGs in person to update their profile prior to sponsoring any guests.

Once verified, the sponsor will need to provide the following guest information: first and last name, duration/dates of stay and destination. A pass will be issued upon completion of a standard background check and the guest(s) will be authorized unescorted access. The sponsor will be responsible for guest(s) for the duration of their visit.


There are three methods to sponsor a guest:

MCAGCC Twentynine Palms personnel may utilize their government email to send above information to

You can provide the above information in person at the Visitor Center located directly outside of the main gate.

Call the Visitor Center front desk at (760) 830-6794 to provide the above information.

**Early submission of requests is encouraged to avoid long waits at the VREGS when applying for passes**


Guest Driving

If the guest will be driving on the installation, the following additional documentation will be required to grant access:

  • Valid Driver's License (REAL ID or with an additional form of identification)
  • Valid Vehicle Registration and Insurance
    • If the vehicle is registered in a different name you must have notarized permission to operate vehicle from the named individual on the registration.
    • If the vehicle is a rental, please ensure you have the rental agreement readily available. Driver's name must be on the rental agreement.
    • Driver or company name must be included on vehicle insurance.

DBIDS cards are issued for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: base employment/contracts, deliveries, authorized caregivers, uber/lyft drivers, etc. Sponsorships for DBIDS are only active for up to a maximum of 1 year, and must be renewed annually. A DBIDS identification card can be issued in-person at the Visitor Center for those requiring access to the base on a regular basis.

To pre-enroll for a DBIDS card, visit!/. Pre-enrolling will shorten your wait time when arriving at the Visitor Center.

When you finish, print off the QR code provided and bring it to the Visitor Center to be scanned and completed by Visitor Center personnel.

valid sponsorship, 2 forms of valid identification (including unaltered Social Security Card, NOT laminated), and valid vehicle registration and insurance will be required to run a background check. Once an individual passes the background check, a DBIDS card will be issued.

*DBIDS card-holders are not authorized to sponsor an additional guest or trusted traveler*


Trusted Traveler

Any individual carrying a DOD-issued CAC or USID card may drive guests onto the installation without a visitor pass, and the guest is authorized Escorted Access between 05:30 AM and 8:00 PM daily. The sponsor must escort the guest at all times and will be responsible for guest(s).

Event Access Only

The requesting unit must provide a list of visitors prior to the event. The list must include the sponsor’s name and guest(s) full names. Once a list is complete, email your list to and no less than 3 days in advance due to planning requirements.

When the visiting guest(s) arrive, they will be required to provide a REAL ID or be prepared to present an additional authorized form of identification at the gate if a license states FLA. The sentry will match the name on the list to the name on the identification card (e.g. driver’s license), and then grant Escorted Access to the special event.

If the guest would like to attend any base facilities or locations other than Special Event, they will need to visit VREGs in order to gain a visitor pass.

Event and General Base Access

For access to base facilities other than the special event location, guests will need to request a visitor pass through the Vehicle Registration Center located outside of the main gate at Building 901. They will need to either have a sponsor present when requesting a pass, or have a sponsor call Vehicle Registration at (760) 830-6794 to sponsor over the phone. A pass will be issued on completion of a background check, granting Escorted Access, and the sponsor will be responsible for guest(s) for the duration of their visit.

If you need to register a vehicle, weapon or pet on base, this can be done at VREGS as well. Here is a list of the required documentation you will need in order to register each:

  • Valid Vehicle Registration
    • If you are registering a vehicle that is not in your name, you must have a notarized letter from the individual named in the registration allowing you permission to operate that vehicle
  • Driver’s License
  • Valid Vehicle Insurance
  • Driver Improvement Course (Military 25 and younger only)
  • Military ID (Military Only)
  • Smog Check for vehicles 8 years or older to comply with the California Clean Air Act
    • Gas Vehicles 1974 or older are exempt from CA Smog laws
    • Diesel Vehicles 1996 and older are exempt from CA Smog Laws

  • Valid Identification / Driver’s License
  • Completed Weapon Registration Form (Completed at VREGs)
  • Proof of ownership
  • Receipt and documentation (If purchased at MCX)

  • Military ID/Dependent ID
  • All Shot records
  • Rabies Vaccine Records

*You are NOT required to bring your pet or weapon to VREGs when registering, only the above mentioned documentation.

Military and civilian personnel may check in/out with your CAC-enabled ID and check in/check out sheet between 0500-2100 at Building 901.

*Checking in is also a great time to register any vehicles, pets or weapons you may own, since these can all be completed simultaneously*

If a guest is denied due to background check reasons, they will be provided with a denial packet. This packet should be filled out by the denied guest with character references included and returned to the Vehicle Registration Center. The Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) will then decide if the denial stands or if it will be overturned.

  1. The guest is provided with a denial packet at Visitor Center.
  2. The guest fills out packet completely and returns it to Mr. Ryan Lopez or SSgt Hall at the Visitor Center.
  3. The Packet is submitted by Visitor Center Personnel to Staff Judge Advocate (SJA).
  4. SJA will make a decision within 4-6 weeks and the guest will be contacted directly with details.

The SJA can be reached at (760) 830-5060.


FLA: An ID that states Federal Limits Apply, Not for REAL ID purposes, Not For Federal Identification, or any verbiage similar to that effect.

General Base Access: General Base Access allows an individual unescorted access throughout the base, allowing access to facilities within MCAGCC Twentynine Palms.

REAL ID: A REAL ID includes minimum security standards for license issuance required by Department of Homeland Security and is accepted by federal agencies for certain purposes such as driver license and identification cards and is issued by a state, territory, possession, or the District of Columbia.

Escorted Access: Escorted access allows guests the opportunity to access base facilities under the supervision of their sponsor. Escorted Guests are not authorized to access base facilities without a sponsor present.

Unescorted Access: Unescorted access allows guests the opportunity to access base facilities and locations without a sponsor.

Sponsor: A sponsor is any Service member, DOD employee, spouse, dependent or CAC-enabled ID holder who is authorized to escort guests onto MCAGCC Twentynine Palms. Sponsor must be 18 years or older.

Guest: A guest is any person(s) attempting to access the base without a DOD ID, Military ID, or a DBIDS ID.

Special Event: A special event is a planned event where off-base personnel are invited to attend. These events include but are not limited to: Concerts, sporting events, unit homecomings, promotions, retirements, etc.

VREGS: Vehicle Registration.

Trusted Traveler: A guest who is authorized Escorted Access when being driven onto the installation by an authorized individual or base personnel between 5:30 AM and 8:00 PM daily.


Visitor Center Assistance 760-830-6794
Special Event Coordinator 760-830-7700
VREGS SNCOIC 760-830-6734
FAX 760-830-6795
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms