How To Register Vehicle In Guam: Process & Procedures
The island is a U.S. territory and follows a host of strict regulations as far as registering a new vehicle. Among some of the things that need to be taken care of before you begin driving is providing proof of insurance as well as a temporary registration, which is valid for up to five days.
The visitor center on the island also serves a registration center for vehicles. That must be done within 72 hours of arriving on the island. But that’s not the end of it. The Department of Revenue and Taxation must have your registration as soon as possible.
Military Vehicle Registration
The process for registering a vehicle is slightly different for members of the armed services. They must register with the Department of Revenue and Taxation as well. While they may be eligible for an exemption through the Service Member’s Civil Relief Act, they still have to register with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Guam. That exemption is available to members who have brought vehicles from their home states or last station of duty.
For vehicles outside of that scope, military members must go through the Department of Revenue and Taxation’s Vehicle Branch.
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Insurance is compulsory for getting around the island. Your current insurance may not cover Guam but if you obtain a letter stating that you have no insurance claims, it could net you a waiver of sorts.
A tip for talking to your insurance company is to add typhoon insurance to your plan since the island is prone to the violent storms.
In addition to insurance, vehicles are subject to an annual vehicle inspection. There are a number of inspections across the island, including one on the Naval Base Guam and Anderson Airforce Base.
Driving In Guam
Since it is an American territory, drivers are obligated to drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Much like in the mainland of the United States, texting while driving is illegal and can land you a serious fine. Driving under the influence is also illegal and there is zero tolerance for that.
Since the island has a number of military installations, there are certain laws governing how one drives while going through those areas.
The overall speed limit for the island is generally 35 mph, though there are signs that say when there is a difference. The roads are slick when it rains and drivers are encouraged to slow down when possible.
Guam Vehicle Registration Resources
Military Vehicle Registration - Information from the Department of Defense about registering a military vehicle brought to Guam from the U.S.
Guam Motor Vehicle Division - Contact information for the Motor Vehicle Division and information about applicable taxes.