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Driving
- Motor vehicles/shipping
- How to register your vehicle
- Car seat safety

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Driver's Licenses

U.S. Driver's License - A valid U.S. driver's license is required to obtain an Armed Forces in Italy driver's license. It is recommended that all Airmen and family members who intend to drive in Italy obtain a valid U.S. driver's license before arriving in Italy. If you intend to drive a motorcycle in Italy, you need to have a valid U.S. motorcycle driver's license. You must be 18 years old to obtain any type of AFI driver's license.

AFI Driver's License - During your first week at Aviano you'll attend "Right Start" and be given the opportunity to obtain an AFI driver's license. You will be given a Traffic Safety brief then a written exam. You are strongly encouraged to study and take the practice test in the guide, before arriving, in order to prepare for the exams. Click here for the study guide and more information. Further information for licensing can be found in Aviano Instruction 31-204, Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision. ***IMPORTANT***  You must score a minimum of 90% on both the written test and the signs recognition test. Test failures result in a minimum waiting period before the member can re-test. See advisory posted here for more information.

International Driver's License - An international driver's license may be required to drive in some European countries. If planning to drive outside Italy, it is recommended that drivers obtain an international driver's license prior to arriving in Italy. (These can be obtained at AAA locations in the U.S., but may also be obtained in Italy.)

Insurance - Vehicle insurance is expensive here and is currently limited to two U.S. companies in Italy. Talk to your sponsor and/or key spouse to learn more about insurance.

Motorcycle Riders

Age Limits - Members younger than 18 years old may not obtain an AFI license for motorcycles in Italy.

- At age 18, members may obtain a motorcycle endorsement to ride bikes when the bikes power does not exceed 35 kw.

- At Age 24, members may operate any size motorcycle.

Note: If member has had a motorcycle endorsement for at least two years, the age limit to ride any size motorcycle is reduced from age 24 to age 20. (Must show proof by providing current license greater than two years old with endorsement or Department of Motor Vehicle paperwork showing the issuance of a motorcycle endorsement at least two years ago.)

Obtaining a Motorcycle Endorsement on AFI License without Stateside Endorsement - -All members who arrive in Aviano must attend a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course at Aviano prior to obtaining the motorcycle endorsement on the AFI license.

- Prior to taking the MSF course individuals must verify with their state DMV if they will accept/not accept MSF card.

- Individual must also verify how their DMV will receive MSF card; emailed, mailed, in person, etc. (some states will only accept MSF card with individual present.)

- Once the MSF class has been taken, members should send the MSF verification card to their DMV. The DMV will then send them a new driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement.

- After obtaining the stateside endorsement, individuals will proceed to Pass and Registration to obtain a temporary AFI license with motorcycle endorsement. This temporary license will be valid for 30 days to allow the rider to go on the mandatory mentorship rides. After the mentorship rides are complete, the individual will be able to get their paperwork signed off to obtain the actual AFI license with motorcycle endorsement.

Obtaining a Motorcycle Endorsement on AFI License with Current Stateside Endorsement - All members who arrive in Aviano must attend a MSF course at Aviano prior to obtaining the motorcycle endorsement on the AFI license.

-After attending the MSF course, individuals will proceed to Pass and Registration to obtain a temporary AFI license with motorcycle endorsement. This temporary license will be valid for 30 days to allow the rider to go on the mandatory mentorship rides. After the mentorship rides are complete, the individual will be able to get their paperwork signed off to obtain the actual AFI license with motorcycle endorsement.

We hope that this information is useful to personnel who would like to ride a motorcycle here in Italy. They may make the choice not to bring their bike over if they cannot ride it. For more information or to reserve a spot in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, contact the Aviano Safety Office at 632-4817.

NOTE: Talk to your sponsor about driver's licenses, but also about: shipping a vehicle; buying a vehicle in Italy; how to get around before your vehicle arrives or before you buy a car (rental cars, loaner vehicles); insurance; vehicle registration; and gas coupons. Most personnel have a car in Italy, but driving in Italy is not cheap so it is important to have finances available upon arrival to cover initial vehicle expenses.