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Military and civilian personnel stationed in Italy are required to have Italian license plates on their vehicles by June 1 or they won’t be allowed on Naval Support Activity Naples and Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily.

There are a few exceptions, however.

Personnel transferring from Naples and the nearby Naval Support Activity Gaeta before Dec. 1, may use the old plates until they leave.

Personnel in Sigonella transferring before Sept. 1. also can use the old plates.

According to Lt. j.g. John Davison of the Central Motor Vehicle Registration Office, fewer than 400 people in Naples need to change to the Italian license plates.

Sailors and Department of Defense civilians on Navy installations are required to pay 40 euros for car plates and 20 euros for motorcycle plates. The Army and Air Force have picked up the tab for their personnel.

The Italian plates, which replace white-and-black Allied Forces Italy plates, started to be issued to U.S. personnel throughout the country last year.

The Naples vehicle registration office provides oversight and guidance to the offices in Aviano and Vicenza.

“Everyone is supposed to comply by June 1,” Davison said about the bases. “How those individual installations choose to do that is up to them.”

In Aviano, all personnel either have the plates or have been granted an exception to the requirement. Their deadline was Jan. 1.

All U.S. military and DOD personnel were required to change to Italian plates in Vicenza, but some NATO forces still use AFI plates. Military police there check whether any AFI-plated vehicles belong to U.S. personnel. If they do, the owners are directed to get the Italian plates.


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