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Marine Corps finally ditches the DoD car decals

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Karen Punahele, a clerk with the Provost Marshal’s Office, helps a Marine with his vehicle registration July 20, 2015, at the vehicle registration office at building 1095. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khalil Ross/Released)

It’s about time Marine Corps. The other services did this years ago — maybe it’s just one more thing to blame General Amos for.

The decals are now a thing of the past and with it the government can save some cash and military families can protect themselves in the civilian world.

No longer do families have to have a big sticker on the front of their car, pointing out to the rest of the world that they’re a military family and are potentially a target for the bad guys.

I’m glad to see this day is finally here. We’ll be getting the razor out tonight. Here’s the MARADMIN:

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MARINE CORPS VEHICLE REGISTRATION PROGRAM ELIMINATING THE USE OF VEHICLE DECALS ABOARD MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS

Date Signed: 5/9/2016
MARADMINS Active Number: 245/16

R 092008Z MAY 16
MARADMIN 245/16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS VEHICLE REGISTRATION PROGRAM ELIMINATING THE USE OF VEHICLE DECALS ABOARD MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS//
REF/A/MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS/040004ZJUN2011//
REF/B/MCO/5580.2B CH1/27DEC2011//
REF/C/DOC/ASN (EIE) WASHINGTON DC/18MAR2011//
REF/D/MCO/P5090.2A CH1-3/10JUL1998//
REF/E/MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC PPO PS/071529ZSEP12//
REF/F/DOC/USD (INTEL) WASHINGTON DC/03MAR2015//
NARR/REF A IS MARADMIN 325/11, MARINE CORPS VEHICLE REGISTRATION PROGRAM, WHICH DIRECTED THE CONTINUED ISSUE AND USE OF VEHICLE DECALS ABOARD MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS.  REF B IS MCO 5580.2B, THE MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT MANUAL, WHICH ESTABLISHES VEHICLE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES.  REF C IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (ENERGY, INSTALLATIONS AND ENVIRONMENT) MEMO, INSTALLATION VEHICLE REGISTRATION (VEHICLE DECAL) PROGRAM, WHICH ANNOUNCED CANCELLATION OF VEHICLE DECAL REQUIREMENTS ABOARD DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY INSTALLATIONS.  REF D IS MCO P5090.2A W/CH 1-3, ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND PROTECTION MANUAL.  REF E IS THE MESSAGE ANNOUNCING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INSTALLATION LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SECURITY INTEGRATED PRODUCT TEAM (IPT) IN SUPPORT OF MROC DM 54-2012.  REF F IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (INTELLIGENCE) DIRECTIVE-TYPE MEMORANDUM (DTM) 09-012 WITH CHANGE 5, INTERIM POLICY GUIDANCE FOR DOD PHYSICAL ACCESS CONTROL, WHICH REQUIRES 100 PERCENT IDENTIFICATION CARD CHECKS FOR ALL POINTS OF INGRESS AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.//
POC/S. P. MANSBERGER/CIV/MCICOM G3/COMM: 571.256.8451/EMAIL: SAMUEL.P.MANSBERGER(at)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose.  This MARADMIN cancels the requirement to use vehicle decals (DD Form 2220) for proof of installation vehicle registration.
2.  Background.  In March 2011, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) published guidance removing the requirement for vehicles entering Department of the Navy installations to be registered via DD Form 2220 for vehicle decals.  Marine Corps policy at that time retained the use of vehicle decals to support traffic management/enforcement efforts, vehicle registration requirements, and the Clean Air Act (CAA) mandates.  In June 2011, the Commandant of the Marine Corps granted a waiver to allow the continued use of vehicle decals aboard Marine Corps installations until this issue could be fully evaluated.  In August 2012, the Marine Requirements Oversight Council (MROC) directed the formation of a team of installation law enforcement and security experts to consider more affordable options for the execution of the Marine Corps law enforcement program.  With the release of updated DOD policy in March 2015, vehicle decals no longer serve a useful purpose (semicolon) specifically, use of decals is incompatible withthe requirement to conduct 100 percent identification card checks at all points of ingress at Marine Corps installations.
3.  Policy.  The following is effective immediately.
a.  Installations will no longer issue DD Form 2220, Vehicle Decals.  All other vehicle registration requirements contained in the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Manual (MCO 5580.2B CH1) remain in effect.  Personnel operating a motor vehicle aboard Marine Corps installations are still required to complete the vehicle registration process when assigned as permanent installation personnel or to a tenant unit on the installation.  The registration requirement applies to on-base and off-base residents and in accordance with reference (b) shall include (semicolon) a valid state registration certificate, proof of insurance, a valid state driver’s license and a safety inspection sticker.  Safety inspection stickers are required if the state in which the vehicle is registered mandates their use.  Members have a personal responsibility to report changes in registration that occur during their tour of duty.
b.  Installation commanders will utilize subordinate commanders and law enforcement resources to conduct vehicle registration compliance checks.  These include spot checks by law enforcement officers of suspicious vehicles, 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 will validate compliance during holiday vehicle safety checks.  Temporary vehicle registration will continue to be executed as an element of visitor validation checks.
c.  Installations located in jurisdictions with mandated emissions testing must continue to comply with the CAA.  All Marine Corps Orders containing vehicle registration procedures will be revised to reflect this policy change.
d.  This policy change does not affect identity proofing and vetting requirements.
e.  Installations will continue to execute security-in-depth, with overarching and complementary security measures in a layered approach that deters, detects, delays, and denies unauthorized access.  This approach integrates outside the perimeter security measures with actions at the entry control points.  It includes continued use of security equipment, including barriers, to channel traffic to access control points.  Armed law enforcement and security personnel, augmented by military working dogs, will man our access control points and vet individuals with the aid of a physical access control system (PACS) to electronically scan and verify credentials.  Additional layers of security inside the perimeter will continue, with a focus on random and fixed security measures and protection of critical assets and facilities.
4.  This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force.
5.  Release authorized by Lieutenant General James B. Laster, Director, Marine Corps Staff.//

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