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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

 

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency (HA/DR) operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Provost Marshal's Office

Mission Statement

To protect life and property of military and civilian personnel while providing professional installation security and law enforcement services, constantly considering the complexities of our host nation's environment.

Emergency Phone Numbers
  From base telephone From cell phone From off-base
To U.S. Authorities Emergency: 911 or 119
Fire : 911 or 119
Emergency : 0827-79-3322 Emergency : 0827-79-3303
To Japanese Authorities N/A Emergency : 110
Fire / Medical : 119
Emergency : 110
Fire / Medical : 119
Non-Emergency Phone Numbers
  From Base Telephone From Cell Phone  From Off-Base
To PMO Desk Sergeant 253-3303 0827-79-3303 0827-79-3303
To PMO Operations 253-5041 0827-79-5041 0827-79-5041


Mailing Address
Provost Marshal's Office
PSC 561 Box 1885
FPO AP 96310-0019
Services Division

Pass and Registration/Licensing

Hours of Operation

Licensing/Vehicle Registration: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pass Section: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – noon and 12:30 - 4 p.m.
DSN: 253-3161
Bldg. 608, Room 101, 1st Floor

Vehicle Registration

Note: If purchasing a second vehicle Accompanied Orders and Area Clearance must be provided.  Spouses must have Power of Attorney to process registration if Sponsor is unavailable.

  • All USFJ personnel assigned to MCAS Iwakuni must register privately owned vehicles (POV) and weapons with the Pass and Registration Office (Bldg. 608).
  • Personnel who PCS within Japan must register their POV and conduct a Prefectural change.
  • In accordance with current guidance, accompanied personnel are limited to two passenger vehicles and two motorcycles (per licensed drivers) whereas unaccompanied are limited to one passenger vehicle and one motorcycle.
  • Personnel are encouraged to register bicycles with the Pass and Registration Office.
  • All personnel must de-register all vehicles and weapons prior to Permanent Change of Station (PCS).
  • When purchasing a vehicle from another SOFA status person you will need:
    • Valid secondary insurance on the vehicle being purchased
    • A valid SOFA license
  • The current owner must provide:
    • Title
    • Current JCI
    • Current Road Tax
    • Recycling Fee Receipt
  • Powers of Attorney (POA) may be utilized for the sale or deregistration of a vehicle. Unit Commanding Officers must grant authorization for a military member E-6 and below to issue a POA in the case of a permanent change of station. A copy of the letter and POA must be presented to the Pass and Registration Office prior to out-processing. Personnel should make every attempt to sell their vehicles prior to departure.

SOFA License

  • To obtain a SOFA Driver’s License all personnel will:
    • Attend Welcome Aboard Brief (Mondays, 7:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Club Iwakuni)
    • Attend SOFA license brief and pass written exam (Mondays, or Wednesdays in case Monday is a holiday, 1 - 4 p.m., Club Iwakuni)
    • Present valid:

      Note: In some cases additional documentation may be requested prior to issuing a SOFA license

      • DoD ID card
      • State issued, international or approved foreign driver’s license – See Sample Form expired and requesting waiver (Word / PDF)
      • Orders and area clearance (Active Duty)
      • Letter of Employment (U.S. Government and NAF employees)
      • Letter of Authorization or Contract (U.S. Contractors Permanently Assigned)
      • SOFA verification letter (U.S. Contractors Permanently Assigned) – See the SJA page.
  • All E-5’s and below must have a letter from their respective unit CO authorizing licensing for vehicles.
  • Unaccompanied E-5’s and below must meet the minimum time on station requirements before they can apply for a license.
  • Personnel under 26 year of age on active duty must complete the driver’s improvement course on MarineNet or attend the course locally at the Base Safety Office (Bldg. 130).
  • Unite Deployed Personnel (UDP)
    • Commanding Officers at the unit level or higher, or person officially Acting due to the Unit commanding Officer's absence, must sign a letter of authorization for each individual Officer and Staff noncommissioned officer (SNCO) approved  to drive on MCAS Iwakuni; group letters and " By Direction" are not authorized.
    • E-5 and below on UDP are not authorized to obtain a SOFA License, rent, or lease a vehicle during their UDP tour of duty unless required for "Official duty" capacity and must be identified in the appropriate authorization letter from Commanding Officer.
Forms
Request for SOFA Driver’s License Waiver (Accompanied E-5’s and Below) (Word / PDF)
Request for SOFA Driver’s License (Unaccompanied E-5) (Word / PDF)
Request for SOFA Driver’s License (Unaccompanied E-4) (Word / PDF)
Request for SOFA Driver’s License (Unaccompanied E-3 and E-2) (Word / PDF)
Request for SOFA Driver’s License UDP (E-6 and Above) (Word / PDF)
Request for SOFA Driver’s License UDP (E-5 and Below) (Word / PDF)

Motorcycles

  • All personnel must have a valid SOFA license.
  • All personnel seeking to ride a motorcycle must have attended and successfully complete the Basic Riders Course (BRC) approved by the Motor Cycle Safety Foundation (MSF) or equivalent to qualify for a motorcycle endorsement.
  • If the BRC is 120-days old, the applicant shall register for appropriate refresher training in the form of a Military Sport Bike Riders Course (MSRC) or Advanced Riders Course (ARC) depending on style of Motorcycle. The appointed Base Safety representative will validate authorized licensing.
  • For motorcycle safety courses information please contact the MCAS Iwakuni Station Safety Office.
  • For questions concerning motorcycle registration and licensing contact Pass and Registration.

Traffic Citations

  • If you have received a traffic citation, report to the Pass and Registration Office to either:
    • Provide your plea (guilty or not guilty)
    • Assess points and assignment to remedial driving course
    • Assign date to appear in traffic court
    • Right to Appeal processing (10 working days) – Sample Form (Word / PDF)
    • Restricted Driving – Sample Form (Word / PDF)
    • Suspensions and Revocation processing
    • Request for re-instatement of driving privileges processing – See Sample Form (Word / PDF)

Administration Office

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
DSN: 253-3248/4386/3278
Bldg. 608, Room 205, 2nd Floor

Services provided in accordance with MCASO 5500.2 Series

Background Local Records Check

A background check is a law enforcement local records check used to investigate personnel to ensure proper vetting for employment, extensions, security clearance, weapons registration and visa requests. A request for background local records check require 5 working days to process.

Physical Security

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
DSN: 253-6106/ 4929
Bldg. 608, Room 109, 1st Floor

Services provided

  • Provide CAC access for secure buildings, flight line gates, and turnstiles
  • Lost and found
  • Safety briefs
  • Community relations
  • To request McGruff the Crime Dog call DSN: 253-6942
  • Crime Stoppers Hotline: 253-3333 (Anonymous)

Anti-terrorism / Force Protection

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
DSN: 253-3417

Services provided

Suspicious Activity Reporting Requirements

MARADMINS 613

Training Section

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed for lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
DSN: 253-4755
Bldg. 608, Room 301, 3rd Floor
Operations Division

Operations

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.  - 4 p.m. , Closed for lunch: noon  - 1 p.m.
DSN: 253-5041
Bldg. 608, Room 117, 1st  Floor

Accident Investigations (operations)

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed for lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
Bldg. 608, Room 105, 1st Floor

Services provided in accordance with MCASO P5560.8B w/ch.3 (MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS)

Traffic Accidents

  • SOFA status personnel involved in a traffic accident, on or off-base, must immediately contact the Provost Marshal’s Office at 0827-79-3322 from cell phones.
  • An accident investigator and interpreter will immediately dispatch to the accident.
  • Comply with all Japanese police instructions until military police can arrive to assist.
  • DO NOT LEAVE THE SCENE.
    • Personnel who leave the scene of an accident regardless of intent to later report, may be charged with fleeing the scene of an accident.
  • To acquire copies of accident reports, you must first file a privacy act request with the station judge advocate (SJA), DSN: 253-5591.

Traffic Violation Report

  • Any person who observes a traffic violation can report it to PMO using the form below.
  • The accused will be issued a traffic ticket by the military police.
  • The witness must appear at traffic court. DIVISION

Customs and Immigration/Animal Control

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bldg. 608, 1st Floor

Prohibited Items in Japan: Please see the customs information in the Welcome Aboard page.

Entry/Exit Stamps

  • SOFA status personnel who arrived via Armed Forces Identification (AFID) card and military orders require a passport stamp to travel abroad from Japan while using their personal passport. Naval Forces Japan Exit-Reentry Permit Stamps are administered at the Military Customs Office, Bldg 727 (Air Terminal).
  • The Naval Forces Japan Exit-Reentry Permit Stamp is valid for one year. Personnel stationed locally may renew an expired stamp at the Military Customs Office.
  • Military Customs cannot stamp Japanese passports regardless of status. Individuals possessing Japanese passports must see Japanese Immigration for any updates or renewal.
  • All SOFA status personnel transferring to MCAS Iwakuni via the Patriot Express may have an entry stamp put in their passport regardless of travel status.

Firearms Regulations:

Per MCASO 5500.4F

  • Importing or possessing handguns is prohibited.
    • U.S. forces personnel who comply with Japanese law may purchase and register shotguns, air or gas operated rifles, and sporting rifles used for hunting, skeet, or trap shoot.
  • Storage and handling of firearms and dangerous instruments are prohibited in all BEQs/BOQs.
  • Paintball guns cannot be stored in BEQs/BOQs; however, they may be stored in station armory.
  • Authorization for storage in family quarters must be granted for approved shotguns, spear guns, and replica firearms whether or not they are capable of firing any type of projectile.
  • If weapons are to be transported off-base you must register them with PMO and the Japanese police.
  • A combination of both shotguns and rifles may be purchased and shipped from Japan to the U.S. by active duty military personnel. However, anyone desiring to exceed the maximum of 3 must obtain an import permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
  • Swords [except with military uniform and nonfunctional (unsharpened blade) or swords sold for decorative purposes], stilettos, sabers, ice picks, daggers, machetes, spears, bow and arrows or other similar instruments are prohibited. Knives with blades longer than two and three eighths (2-3/8) inches or 6 centimeters are prohibited.
  • Any SOFA personnel requiring to ship any type of privately owned firearms back to the United States may come to the Customs Office to fill out the proper paperwork. Instructions will be given regarding deregistration, storage and shipment of personal firearms.

Additional Customs Information

  • Household utensils are exempt when utilized in the quarters.
  • No vegetation of any kind may enter into the country of Japan.
  • No fruits, vegetables, seeds, plants, or parts of plants.
  • No unfinished wood products are permitted due to the possibility of insect infestation.
  • Not more than 4 liters of any alcoholic beverages, of which 3 liters must be bottled in the United States and of U.S. manufacture, may be imported free of duty. The individual making the claim must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Only over the counter or prescription drugs may enter the country of Japan. Any medication not in original medical bottle with the individual’s name and expiration date will be confiscated.
  • Any medications that have been mixed into one bottle or are stored in a plastic baggy will be confiscated.
  • This applies to both carry-on baggage and checked baggage.

Harbor Security

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed for lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
Bldg. 3420, Room 104, 1st Floor

Military Working Dogs

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed for lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
Bldg. 1050
  • Military Working Dog (MWD) teams are available to provide demonstrations or to assist commands with health and comfort inspections.
  • To request support, call PMO Operations section at 253-5041 and provide the below form.
  • MWD Demonstration Request Form (Word / PDF)

Special Reaction Team (SRT)

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed for lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
Bldg. 608, Room 203, 2nd Floor
FAQs
The PDF file for the entire FAQ's is here.

Answer: First, attend the MCAS Iwakuni Welcome Aboard Indoctrination Brief and the SOFA driving class that follows and pass the SOFA license test.  If transferring within Japan you must show proof of a SOFA license from another USFJ installation.  All applicants shall provide a government-issued identification card, valid U.S. driver’s license, proof of SOFA status, and present the following documents as required:

  • Active Duty: Command sponsored active-duty members must provide a copy of their travel orders and/or area clearance.  Family members must be listed on travel orders and/or area clearance.  All E-5 and below who are granted permission to be licensed will present a letter of authorization to obtain a SOFA license signed by their commanding officer.
  • Civilian/NAF employees: (a) Letter of Employment with family members listed (CONUS and local hire).  (b) Travel orders with family members’ names listed (CONUS hire).  (c) Area clearance with family members’ names listed (CONUS hire).
  • Contractor: (a) Letter of Employment (i.e. contract).  (b) SJA SOFA status verification letter. *The contract must show the individual will be on station for a minimum of 30 days to be eligible for a SOFA license.  (c) Dependents of contractors be listed in the contract.
Answer: If you PCS within Japan you must still meet all requirements outlined above, however; the SOFA license test is not required.  You will be required to attend an abbreviated SOFA driving class and show proof of your prior SOFA license.
Answer: Every Monday at Club Iwakuni, building 600 starting at 1345 for Japan transfers and 1400 for all others.
Answer: Once all requirements are met, proceed to the Pass and Registration Office at the Provost Marshal’s Office, building 608 (the left side entrance).
Answer: If your license was issued by MCAS Iwakuni, we will provide you another copy of your original license.  If your license was issued by a different USFJ installation, that particular installation’s policies must be followed.
Answer: The MCAS commanding officer may grant this privilege under special circumstances.  The command sponsored member must submit a request for approval to the Commanding Officer, via his/her unit Commanding Officer and the Provost Marshal.  All licensing requirements must be met (i.e.Welcome Aboard Indoctrination Brief, SOFA Test, and International Driver Permit recognized by Japan).  The individual will only be able to drive upon approval from the MCAS Commanding Officer.

Answer:

  • Unaccompanied: Limited to one passenger vehicle and one motorcycle.
  • Accompanied: Limited to two passenger vehicles and two motorcycles (per licensed operator).
  • Policy Waiver:  Any individual who desires to own vehicles beyond the standard limits may submit a request for approval to the MCAS Commanding Officer, via his/her unit Commanding Officer and the Provost Marshal.

Answer:

SOFA to SOFA:
When purchasing a vehicle from a SOFA member both the buyer/seller must proceed to PMO, Pass and Registration to conduct the purchase/transfer paperwork.  The below documents will be required:
  • Seller:  ID card, SOFA license, Title, JCI insurance, road tax receipt, recycling fee receipt.  If the vehicle is in lien with a banking facility, the seller will be required to provide a termination statement from their banking facility. 
  • Buyer:  ID card, SOFA license, Secondary Insurance for the vehicle being purchased, Area Clearance and Accompanied orders if purchasing a second vehicle.
  • Registration: Upon completion of the title and plate change bring the new title, current JCI, current Road Tax, Recycling Fee Receipt and valid secondary insurance.
Japanese Dealer to SOFA:
When purchasing a vehicle from a dealer the SOFA member must proceed to PMO Pass and Registration to conduct the purchase/registration paperwork.  The below documents will be required:
  • Seller:  Will provide the buyer a copy of the original title.
  • Buyer:  ID card, SOFA license, Area Clearance and Accompanied orders if purchasing a second vehicle. **Note: Secondary Insurance will be required at the time of registration at PMO**
  • Registration: Upon completion of the title and plate change bring the new title, current JCI, current Road Tax, Recycling Fee Receipt and valid secondary insurance.

The new owner may take the package to MCCS, any off station car dealer or individually proceed to the Yamaguchi Land Transportation Office (LTO) to process the title transfer.  Once the title transfer is complete, return to PMO to obtain a permanent decal.  Please bring the documents required above for registration.

Note: If their sponsor doesn’t have a SOFA license or is not present in Iwakuni to come to PMO (i.e. Deployment, TAD), a Special Power of Attorney (SPoA) has to be provided to purchase or sell the vehicle.

Answer:

Vehicle Disposal:
When disposing your vehicle the SOFA member must proceed to PMO, Pass and Registration to conduct the de-registration paperwork.  The below documents will be required: Owner:
  • Receipt from an authorized car dealer, stating the vehicle is in the dealer’s possession.
  • Road Tax decal (removed from vehicle being disposed of).
  • ID card, SOFA license, Title, road tax receipt, JCI insurance and recycling fee receipt. 
  • De-registration package (PMO will completed for you to bring to your dealer to complete the process). 
  • If the vehicle is in lien with a banking facility, a termination statement from the bank is required.
Note: The vehicle must be in possession of the dealer responsible for junking the vehicle.
Selling vehicle to non-SOFA:
When selling your vehicle to a Non-SOFA individual the SOFA member and buyer must proceed to PMO Pass and Registration to conduct the de-registration paperwork.  The below documents will be required:
  • Seller:  ID card, SOFA license, Title, road tax receipt, JCI insurance and recycling fee receipt.
  • Remove the Road Tax decal and return it to PMO.
  • If the vehicle is in lien with a banking facility, a termination statement from the bank is required.
  • Buyer:  Must sign the bill of sale and de-registration package.
Answer: Per USFJ INST 31-205, U.S. Forces Japan members who are residing more than 2 kilometers from any U.S. installation or facility must comply with the Government of Japan requirement to validate their residence has a suitable vehicle parking space.  This includes issuance of a parking certificate and parking sticker for the vehicle, prior to registration.
Answer: Powers of Attorney may be utilized for the sale or deregistration of a vehicle.  Unit Commanding Officers must grant authorization for a military member E-6 and below to issue a POA in the case of a permanent change of station.  A copy of the letter and POA must be presented to the Pass and Registration Office prior to out-processing.  Personnel should make every attempt to sell their vehicles prior to departure.
Answer: Road Tax is due in the month of April annually and is a mandatory requirement of the Government of Japan.  Without proof of Road Tax payment a USFJ Form 15A decal will not be issued.  *Failure to pay is grounds for vehicle impoundment.
Answer: No, PMO cannot give them a ticket or tow them.  Family Housing has granted you the privilege of a personal parking space but is not mandated by Station Order that those spaces belong to you; therefore, PMO will not enforce parking in those spaces.  To resolve this issue, contact Family Housing and make a formal complaint about the individual parking in your parking spot.
Answer: Once a ticket has been issued you have 3 business days to go to the Pass and Registration Office (in Building 608) to plead guilty or not-guilty and, if necessary, receive a court date.  Attend court on the date and time provided by the Pass and Registration Office. 
** Note: If you receive a ticket from Japanese Police, you will be called to PMO where you will receive an on-base traffic citation. This is because MCAS Iwakuni issued you a SOFA license and the United States Government’s agreements with the Government of Japan, require the installation to track infractions and assess points to your license.
Answer: The courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Station Judge Advocate’s Office, Building 608. The Pass and Registration Office will contact you regarding the date and time of traffic court.
Answer: The impounded vehicle can only be returned to the owner if the individual is cleared of the charge by the Traffic Court Magistrate.  Otherwise the vehicle must be (1) released to the government and deregistered by the registered owner, (2) released to a licensed dependent, or (3) released and sold to a new owner.
Answer: Weekday quiet hours are from 2200-0500; weekend quiet hours are from 2400-0500.  Contact PMO during the above times to make a loud noise complaint.  Excessive and inappropriate noise is considered to be disturbing the peace 24/7 and PMO will respond outside of the quiet hours.
Answer: PMO is a part of the greater law enforcement system in the United States, which primarily uses Social Security Numbers for incident reporting systems.  Simply put, the law enforcement systems we use are not capable of processing DoD ID numbers.  PMO understands this might seem counter to directions from the DoD or HQMC; however, the systems PMO utilizes are under the direction and control of the DoD and the Department of the Navy.  We take significant measures to ensure all personal information is safeguarded.
Answer: Fingerprints are taken every Tuesday and Thursday in Building 608, Room 106 (enter the main doors of PMO, the door is immediately on the right) from 0800 to 1100 and 1300 to 1600.
Answer: Obtain the proper paperwork from the DEERS office in Building 1 and bring all the paperwork to the PMO Desk Sergeant in Building 608.  PMO will generate a report and stamp the paperwork.  Once this is completed, return to the DEERS office with the stamped paperwork to receive a new ID card.
Contact Information
Desk Sergeant:
253-3303
Admin:
253-3278
CID:
253-4285 / 3284 / 3238 / 3139 / 3129
Interpreters:
253-3202 / 4348
Japanese Security Guard OIC:
253-4849
Licensing:
253-3161
Operations Chief:
253-3516
Operations Officer:
253-3769
Pass and ID for Japanese:
253-4640
Physical Security:
253-6106 / 4864 / 4929
Pre-Trial Confinement Facility (BRIG):
253-3394 / 3467 / 3412
Provost Marshal:
253-4298
Deputy Provost Marshal:
253-4730
Provost Sergeant:
253-3650
Services Officer:
253-6942
Services Chief:
253-3310
Vehicle Registration:
253-3161
Fax:
253-3717
Forms

Pass and registration

Base entry (based on MCASO 5500.2V)

Operations

  • Military Working Dog (MWD) Demonstration Request Form (Word / PDF)
  • Parent’s Permission Form for juvenile ride-along (Word / PDF)
  • Third Party Citations (PDF form)

Brig