NB Kitsap Community
Rules and Regulations
Naval Base Kitsap
Photography on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) is restricted. Sailors should contact their chain of command for specifics, and guests must have permission from their sponsor before engaging in any photography. When Sailors contact their commands, they should ensure that they a aware of the rules regarding photography enabled cell phones, as these may be prohibited in certain areas. While photography without a pass is authorized in general-use spaces on the upper base of Bangor and outside of the Controlled Industrial Area (CIA) in Bremerton, tenant commands, regardless of their location on the base, may have more restrictive photography limitations within their areas of jurisdiction. Strict no-photography zones include any area within the Operational Area (lower base on Bangor) and the Controlled Industrial Area (CIA) on Bremerton and entry control points (gates). No-photography zones apply to both military and civilian alike and may result in confiscation of equipment and potential security violations.
Unofficial Foreign National Visits
U.S. citizens already possessing authority for base access may, with prior approval, sponsor foreign nationals for weddings, MWR special events or as a guest in housing. Entry authorization must be requested from Security at least five working days in advance of the visit. Requests should be presented to Naval Base Kitsap Security Admin., 211A in Building 1200, Suite 515, 1200 Skate St., or Keyport Pass and ID Office, Building 916. Sponsors will personally meet their foreign national guests at the Bremerton or Bangor Pass and ID Offices. After approval is obtained, during normal working hours, registration is required at any NBK Pass and ID Office; after normal working hours, registration can be accomplished at the main gates.
Parking Aboard NBK
All personnel assigned to Puget Sound activities must register their privately owned vehicles (POVs) at an NBK Pass and ID Office. All POVs and motorcycles operated on NBK must have proof of insurance in the vehicle or with the operator. The insurance coverage must meet Washington state insurance requirements. Operators must also have in their possession a valid state driver’s license.
All vehicles are subject to random vehicle inspections while on federal installations. Items prohibited on all federal installations include explosives (including pistols, rifles, etc.), ammunition, weapons such as switchblades, controlled substances and alcoholic beverages (open containers). Parking on Naval Base Kitsap is strictly limited and designated only by parking pass holders, except for customer parking at the Commissary, Navy Exchange (NEX), Dental, Sam Adams and Fitness Center parking lots and other common areas.
Parking for all active-duty military personnel assigned to Naval Base Kitsap, its tenants, homeported ships and ships undergoing overhaul in PSNS, is in the Montgomery Parking Garage and adjacent lot. Arriving on base without your POV is easy and is highly encouraged. The Navy works closely with Kitsap Transit, the local mass-transit system provider. More information on commuting and carpooling options can be found at www.kitsaptransit.org or through your chain of command.
POVs may be registered at the Pass and ID Office in Building 981, 476-4882/4883, near the Missouri Gate and open 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. A one-day temporary pass can be issued at the Charleston Avenue Gate after hours, weekends and holidays.
POVs may be registered at the Pass and ID Office in Building 1035 near the Trident Gate and open 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. A one-day temporary pass can be issued at the Trident Gate after hours, weekends and holidays.
POVs may be registered at the Pass and ID Office in Building 916 near the main gate.
Weapons of any kind are prohibited on Naval Base Kitsap. Weapons are defined as firearms or other devices or instruments such as bow and arrows, brass knuckles, switchblades or butterfly knives, compressed air or gas-powered guns, nunchucks, etc. Private firearms are authorized in family housing if registered with the NBK Small Arms Training Center (SATC), 396-5458 for Bremerton, or Bangor security, 315-4064, if in Bangor housing. Only weapons owned by residents will be registered. Weapons belonging to residents of the barracks or ships must be registered with the NBK SATC Kitsap-Bremerton Police Headquarters in Building 433, who will coordinate weapons storage. For more information, contact Security at 476-8232.
Motorcycle and Vehicle Safety
Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) Safety Office manages a Traffic Safety Program that provides guidance for safe use of installation roads by vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Motorcycle and defensive driving safety classes are held at Naval Base Kitsap – Keyport. To sign up, contact NRNW Safety at 396-4893 or 476-8880.
Courses offered include:
The MSF Basic Rider Course (BRC), which is tailored to new or prospective riders with little or no riding experience, is a two-day, 16-hour class that teaches basic motorcycling skills and proper attitudes promoting safe motorcycle operation. This course is an important prerequisite to becoming a licensed motorcycle rider. It is required Navy-wide in order to operate a motorcycle on any naval installation.
The MSF Experienced Rider Course (ERC), designed as a refresher for the experienced licensed rider, facilitates continued skill development in a controlled environment and allows riders to identify and improve targeted riding techniques.
The MSF Military Sport Bike Rider Course (MSRC) was designed specifically for the Navy by the Naval Safety Center and the MSF. The purpose of the MSRC is to teach riders the functional differences between sport bikes and non-sport bikes. It also covers specific attitudes and behaviors required to ride a sport bike responsibly and safely. This course is required Navy-wide in order to operate a sport bike on any naval installation.
The MSF American Automobile Association Driver Improvement Course (AAA-DIP) is an eight-hour course required for military and DOD civilian personnel who meet any of the following conditions: if they operate a government motor vehicle (GMV) as their primary duty; they operate a GMV more than eight hours a week as part of their incidental duties; they have been convicted of a serious moving traffic violation while operating a GMV or have been determined to be at fault in a traffic mishap while on/off base; they have been convicted of a serious moving traffic violation while operating a private motor vehicle (PMV) or have been determined to be at fault in a traffic mishap while on a DON installation; they are a military member age 25 or under and have not received their initial four-hour traffic safety training.
The Traffic Safety Coordinator has also created a Motorcycle Riders Safety Council (MRSC), open to all riders. The MRSC is divided into two committees. The Mentorship Committee works to eliminate the risk-taking attitude problems so prevalent among riders. It sets up fun rides, helps with motorcycle fairs and organizes rider clubs. The Focus Committee discusses and resolves problems and safety issues and works to make the MRSC the best motorcycle program in the Navy.
Naval Base Kitsap Traffic Rules:
Individuals are not authorized to run, jog or walk in the roadways during high traffic density and peak traffic periods.
Personnel jogging on an installation roadway shall jog facing oncoming traffic, in single file, and obey traffic rules.
Skateboards, roller skates, Rollerblades and other similar equipment may only be used in approved areas. Proper Personal Protective Equipment, to minimally include head protection, shall be worn by all personnel.
Bicycle operators riding on an installation roadway shall ride with the traffic, in single file, obeying traffic rules while properly wearing brightly colored reflective clothing between sunset and sunrise and wearing a bicycle helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Snell Memorial Foundation at all times. All active-duty military personnel shall wear an approved bicycle helmet on/off a Navy installation.
Required safety equipment for bicycles includes working brakes and reflectors. Additionally, bicycles ridden between sunset and sunrise will have a white light on the front with the light being visible from a distance of at least 500 feet and a red reflector on the rear that is visible at a distance of at least 600 feet. These lights may be steady-burning or blinking. Additionally, bright clothing including vests, caps and ankle
and wrist straps with retro-reflective materials incorporated in them is required to make the bicyclists more noticeable.
Wearing portable headphones, earphones, cellular hands-free devices, iPods or other listening devices while running, jogging, walking, bicycling, skating or skateboarding in roadways and streets impairs recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements and the approach of emergency vehicles. Use of these devices while performing the noted activities on Navy installations is prohibited.
Gas-powered or electric minibikes, pocket bikes or motorcycles that do not meet DOT motor vehicle standards will not be used on Navy installation roadways.
Do not use any hand-held cellular phone while operating a moving vehicle, except for fire and emergency response or law enforcement/security purposes. The prohibition against using hand-held cellular phones includes hands-free cellular phone devices that require the use of portable headphones, earphones or other listening devices worn inside the ear canal, around or covering the ear. The prohibition does not include hands-free cellular phone devices that are console/dash mounted or otherwise secured cellular phones with integrated features such as voice-activation, speed dial, speakerphone or other similar technology for sending and receiving calls.
Do not utilize hand-held wireless phones while operating DoD government-owned or -leased vehicles either on or off base.
Resident Driving Privileges
All resident drivers of Washington who drive a motor vehicle on public roadways in Washington state must have either a valid Washington state driver’s license or instruction permit in their possession.
Nonresident Driving Privileges
A resident of another state who is at least 16 years old must be in possession of a current driver’s license from their home state. Residents of other states who are at least 15 years old and in possession of a valid instruction permit issued by their home state are also eligible. The instruction permit is valid only when a licensed driver with at least five years driving experience is seated beside the permit holder.
A residence is where you:
- establish a permanent home in the state
- are registered to vote
- receive state benefits
- apply for any state license
- seek in-state tuition fees
Licenses for Service Members
A Washington state driver’s license issued to a service member, or to the spouse or dependent child living with the service member, remains in effect while the person is serving in the armed forces. The space for expiration date on a Washington state license will read MILITARY. You should carry your active-duty card as evidence that the license is valid if you have a driver’s license with a military expiration or a regular license that remains in effect during the period of service even though the expiration date on the face of the license has passed.
Active-duty military have two choices for license plates: Washington or your home-of-record state. You have 60 days after you arrive to get Washington state plates or register your vehicle in your home state, if your vehicle carries plates from a foreign country or a state other than Washington or your home-of-record state. The state patrol must verify the vehicle identification number before you can buy plates if your vehicle is being licensed in Washington for the first time.
Proof of liability insurance must be carried with you in Washington state. Drivers of government vehicles, motorcycles and common or contract carrier vehicles are exempt from this insurance requirement.
Washington law requires that all motorcycle operators pass the motorcycle knowledge and skill tests. These tests are in addition to the regular automobile driver’s license tests. If you have completed an approved basic motorcycle rider course, you may bring your completion card to any Licensing Service Office within 90 days, take the knowledge test and the skill test will be waived. In addition, motorcycle operators must have a Navy-recognized Motorcycle Safety Certificate prior to registering their motorcycle on base. More information about driver and vehicle licensing in the state of Washington can be found at the Department of Licensing website.
Drinking and Driving
Washington state’s impaired driving laws are some of the toughest enforced anywhere in the United States. The blood-alcohol limit in Washington is 0.08. Washington laws give police more power when arresting people charged with DUI. They can suspend driver’s licenses, impound vehicles and pursue drivers across state lines.
Many of the laws were designed to make sentences tougher on DUI offenders, especially repeat DUI offenders. A first offense carries a minimum sentence of a day in jail plus a $350 fine and the loss of your driver’s license for 90 days. A second conviction carries a minimum sentence of up to a week in jail, plus a fine and the loss of your driver’s license for one year. In addition, you will be required to attend a mandatory drug and alcohol course and mandatory evaluation course.
Washington laws also prescribe ignition interlock and electronic home monitoring as additional sanctions for DUI drivers. The offender is required to pay the cost of the ignition interlock rental and electronic home monitoring. DUI convictions are kept on record for 15 years, adversely affecting the offender’s insurance rates. The state and local police and the Navy urge the use of a designated driver. Local naval commands offer a “safe ride home” program which is for all active-duty members. Its hours are 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and all day Friday through Sunday. For a safe ride home, call 396-6539.
A person riding a bicycle on Washington highways or roadways is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
In addition, riders must:
- Keep to the extreme side of the roadway
- Carry no more passengers than there are seats available
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars
- Have a headlight and taillight reflector
- Have adequate brakes
- Never perform stunts on streets or highways
During the hours of darkness, every bicycle must be equipped with a lamp on the front, which will emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear.
For more information on Washington bicycle laws, please visit www.bicyclealliance.org.