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**Colorado has an Vehicle Emission Inspection program for vehicles that have been in the state for at least 90 days.  Yearly testing is required for vehicles 1981 and older, every 2 years for vehicles 1982 and newer.  New cars are exempt for four years or until change of ownership.  Emissions test (if required, dependant on age of vehicle) must be current before vehicle can be registered on base. 

**Colorado weather is about the craziest you will find.  Snowfall one day and 70 degrees the prepared for anything! 

**Due to the elevation (Fort Carson is at 6000 feet) it can take 2 - 4 weeks to adjust.  Expect to notice some fatigue as your body gets used to the altitude.

**Weapons must be registered with the Provost Marshal Office within 14 days of arrival (or 72 hours of acquiring a weapon).  719.526.0094

**Pets living at Fort Carson Housing must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility within ten days.

**Post Housing residents may only have 2 pets.

**Pets living off base must be licensed within 30 days of arrival.

**Do not enter into a house purchase or rental agreement without first consulting with the Housing Referral Office.

**Any vehicles not registered on base must enter through Gate 1 (the Main Gate).

**Active Duty Members and their spouses may not be required to obtain a Colorado Driver's License as per Colorado Statute.  Check with the DMV for specifics to this Colorado statute:

C.R.S. 42-2-102 (1997)

(1) The following persons need not obtain a Colorado driver's license:. . .

  1. A nonresident on active duty in the armed forces of the United States if that person has in his or her possession a valid driver's license issued by such nonresident's state of domicile or, if returning from duty outside the United States, has a valid driver's license in his or her possession issued by the armed forces of the United States in foreign countries, but such armed forces license shall be valid only for a period of forty-five days after the licensee has returned to the United States;

(e) The spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States who is accompanying such member on military or naval assignment to this state, who has a valid driver's license issued by another state, and whose right to drive has not been suspended or revoked in this state;

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