It is no longer necessary to acquire a base decal or register your vehicle if you are stationed at Grand Forks AFB. Military and DoD ID cards are scanned at entry gates to grant base access.
Visitors still need to obtain a base pass by visiting the Visitors Control Center, located near the main gate at 80 Steen Blvd, Building 812. The Visitors Center is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but is closed weekends and holidays. Authorized visitors can still be issued a pass at other times at the main gate. All vehicles entering or leaving Grand Forks AFB are subject to search.
North Dakota state law requires drivers to have sufficient liability insurance and a valid driver's license in order to operate a vehicle. State law also requires that driver and passengers must always wear seatbelts while driving. Access complete state information on insurance, driver's licensing and where and how to register your vehicle by visiting the State Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Motorcycle operators on base must complete an approved motorcycle safety course, wear a helmet with face shield or impact resistant goggles, and wear a brightly colored/contrasting shirt, jacket or vest which is reflective at night. Long sleeves, full fingered gloves, long pants, and sturdy footwear are also required. Headlights will be on while the motorcycle is in operation.
Civilian All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) will not be operated on Grand Forks AFB. Government ATVs may be operated for official use only. The rider must have a valid license and wear all appropriate clothing and safety gear.
All persons must comply with the following base policies when on Grand Forks AFB:
• Speed Limits - The base speed limit is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted; 20 MPH in housing areas; 15 MPH in school zones and through gates; and 10 MPH in parking lots.
• Pets - Microchip identification is mandatory for all dogs and cats that reside on base. Owners will register their pets with the base veterinarian within 30 days of arrival and annually thereafter when they receive rabies and distemper vaccinations. Pets will be confined in a fenced area or kennel or be on a leash whenever in public areas.
• Parking - There are NO assigned parking areas on the street in housing. Street parking is on a first come basis. The only assigned parking areas are garages and driveways. Do not park against the flow of traffic, within 20 feet of a stop sign or yield sign; within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or dumpster, or within five feet of a driveway.
• Bicycles - Helmets must be worn at all times; passenger seats must be permanently attached; and riders must keep one hand on the bike at all times. Bicyclists must follow all signs and rules, and are not permitted to carry more persons than for which the bike is designed. When operated at night, bikes must have an operational white headlight and red tail light, visible from a distance of 500 feet.
• Children in Vehicles - Children less than 7 years old or weighing less than 70 pounds must be in a child restraint system (car seat). Children under the age of 5 will not be left unattended in a vehicle.
• Children's Supervision - Children less than 9 years old should be supervised at all times while children 9-10 should not be left unsupervised for more than 2 hours. Older children may be left alone for longer periods. Children 12 years of age and older may baby-sit younger children, but should complete the base child-care training course.
• Curfew - Dependents, 17 years of age or younger, will not be outside of their quarters during curfew. Curfew hours are Sunday - Thursday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday - Saturday from Midnight to 6 a.m.
• Loud Noise - Base quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Be considerate of your neighbors; make face-to-face contact to attempt to resolve issues prior to calling Security Forces.
• Recreation Vehicles will not be parked in housing for more than 24 hours before or after use.
• Cell Phones must have a hands-free device to be used while driving. A cell phone with speaker phone capability does not constitute hands-free if it is being held.
• Radar Detection Devices are not authorized for use on Grand Forks AFB.
The 319th Security Forces Squadron also offers a number of programs designed to improve security operations on the base.
• OPERATION Ident-A-Kid - Photographs and produces a brief ID sheet for minor children living on base to assist in the ID and safe return of lost children.
• OPERATION Home Watch - Security Forces will conduct checks of housing units assigned to personnel on leave or deployed, to provide a visible deterrence and minimize the opportunity for theft of private property.
• OPERATION CRIMESTOP - Report crimes in progress or crimes that have occurred on the installation by calling 747-7070. This can also be used for reporting an incident that occurred off the installation if involving a military member.
• OPERATION EAGLE EYES - An antiterrorism initiative from AFOSI designed to prevent terrorism by encouraging and enable military members and citizens to report suspicious activities. To schedule a briefing or report suspicious activity, contact the OSI at (312) 747-3852.
For additional information on any of these programs, contact Security Forces at (312) 747-4203.