Ellsworth AFB Community
Nonresidents may operate a motor vehicle in South Dakota in accordance with general motor vehicle laws. Nonresident military personnel and dependents are exempt from South Dakota licensing requirements provided they keep their out-of-state operator’s license current, properly claim legal residency in that state and the military sponsor remains on active duty. For more information, call the Department of Motor Vehicles at 605-394-2912.
There is no requirement for vehicles to be registered on Ellsworth AFB; however, all vehicles must have a valid state registration and be insured.
VEHICLE SAFETY —
RULES OF THE ROAD
Generally, all rules of the road applicable to the operation of a motor vehicle on South Dakota roads apply on Ellsworth AFB. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on Ellsworth is 25 mph. On streets in the housing areas, the speed limit is 15 mph and 5 mph in parking lots. Remember, the speed on the flight line is 15 mph in aircraft parking areas and on the access roads.
The use of radar detectors or jammers is prohibited on Ellsworth and all other Department of Defense installations. It is legal to possess such devices in South Dakota; however, they must be turned off when driving on base.
The use of cell phones while driving is also prohibited; use of hands-free devices or Bluetooth technologies is allowed.
Open containers of alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the passenger compartment of any vehicle. Operating a vehicle on Ellsworth constitutes an implied consent to submit to a test for intoxication if requested, and refusal of testing will result in an automatic suspension of base driving privileges. The consumed level of intoxication in South Dakota is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content.