Shipping Privately Owned Vehicle

Shipping Privately Owned Vehicle

The Army authorizes each Soldier to ship only one vehicle at government expense, regardless of family size. If you ship additional vehicles, these are at your expense.

Prep your POV for Shipment

Maintenance: Change old tires, oil, and do general car maintenance before shipping.

Clean & Wash: Clean the inside and outside of your vehicle a day or so prior to shipping.

Any tree sap or bird droppings can quickly strip off car paint if not cleaned properly

Photos & Video: Take clear photos and video of the exterior and interior of your vehicle.

Take pictures of every angle of your vehicle to include: under front and rear bumper, wheels, roof top, antennas, navi/tech screens, and any preexisting damage.

Gas Tank: Gas tank must be exactly 1/4 full or less when you turn in your vehicle or they will turn away your car.

Remove Personal Items: Take out any personal or nonpermanent accessories before dropping off your vehicle.

NOTE: Find out what damages the vehicle carrier covers and consider buying comprehensive insurance coverage for transit.

Ship your POV

To ship your vehicle overseas, you will need to drop off your vehicle at a Vehicle Processing Center (VPC).

NOTE: To make appointments, learn about shipping, or track your POV shipment, visit the official PCS My POV.

Dropping Off your Vehicle for Shipment

  1. Make an appointment online to drop off your POV.
  2. Clean and prepare your car for drop off.
  3. Bring all necessary documents to your appointment:
         - Shipping Form
         - 3 copies of your PCS Orders
         - Military or valid government ID 
         - Proof of vehicle ownership (see website) 
         - POA if Soldier is not present for POV drop off
  4. Complete pre-inspection at VPC entrance gate.
  5. Check-in at VPC to have your documents reviewed.
  6. Complete vehicle inspection with VPC inspector.
         - The inspection form is your proof as to the condition of your vehicle prior to shipment. ENSURE THAT IT IS ACCURATE. Don’t feel rushed by the inspectors.
    Take your shipping summary and inspection forms - you’ll need them to pick up your vehicle at the overseas VPC.