Getting a ride in Italy

by Stripes Europe Staff
Stripes Europe

 Follow these rules and tips to alleviate the stress of shipping, buying, registering and driving your vehicle in Italy:


· Ship your vehicle six to eight weeks before you PCS to ensure it gets there soon after your arrival to Italy.

· Decide between selling your other vehicles, keeping them in storage or leaving them with a friend or family member.

· A max of three vehicles are allowed per active duty member along with their dependents during their tour in Italy.


You have the option to buy a new or used car from dealers and private sellers in Italy. There is no tax when buying a vehicle from another military member.

Keep in mind:

· Any vehicle that doesn’t have U.S. specifications (specs) cannot be shipped out due to authorization.

· Used automatic transmission vehicles may be more difficult to find.

· Get approval from a bona fide financial institution if financing a vehicle.


If you want to ride a motorcycle while in Italy, you must have a motorcycle classification on your U.S. license, have an AFI/SETAF license, attend a motorcycle safety course and be at least 18 years old. Motorcyclists can only operate a motorcycle of 35 kW or less.


Call your installation’s specific office for driver’s testing. Be sure to ask about test days and times – each installation varies.

What to bring to get your AFI/SETAF license:

· U.S. driver’s license that does not expire before your DEROS.

· PCS orders/DOCPERS MFR (contractors)/Logistical Support Letter (DOD civilians)


Contact your installation’s specific office for vehicle registration days and times.

What to bring to register your vehicle:

· POV Registration Application

· AFI/SETAF Drivers License

· U.S. License

· ID Card

· Shipping Document

· Proof of ownership

· PCS orders/DOCPERS MFR (contractors)/Logistical Support Letter (DOD civilians)

· Funds to cover the registration fee and applicable road tax for a second vehicle to include motorcycles.

· Automobile Insurance

Note: It’s always best to call your installation’s vehicle registration office ahead of time to ensure you’re bringing all necessary documents.


Each vehicle is required to be inspected annually. Ensure your vehicle has the required equipment at all times, not just for its annual inspection.

Required equipment for inspection:

· Vehicle registration.

· First-aid kit, warning triangle and reflective vest.

· During winter: winter or all-season tires designated with a snowflake or “M+S” (Mud+Snow) symbol.


Gas vouchers/Fuel coupons

· Number of liters given to each person depends on the engine size of your POV.

· Gas vouchers are only authorized for the primary vehicle.

· Vouchers rid of Italian taxes which reduces your gas cost close to 40%.

Where to get gas

· There are no gas stations on any U.S. military installation in Italy.

· Only two Italian gas stations will take your gas vouchers: AGIP and ENI.

·  A gas attendant must be available in order for you to get gas at these stations.

· You can fill up at any time on the Autostrada at AGIP and ENI gas stations as they have attendants 24/7.

Note: It is important to always ask before pumping gas if the station you are at accepts your gas vouchers. Typically, only AGIP and ENI stations along the autostrada (highway) are required to take your vouchers – not local stations within various towns. Usually, local AGIP and ENI stations near U.S. military installations will be familiar with these vouchers.


Winter driving

Around Nov. 1 through April 30, it is required to have tire chains in your vehicle along with installing mud and snow tires on your vehicle.

Driving outside of Italy

Many countries will not recognize a U.S. or AFI/SETAF license. You will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) at least four weeks before traveling outside of Italy. You can apply by mail or in-person at AAA or the AATA, which are the 2 agencies authorized by the State Department to issue IDPs.

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