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Fort Bragg no longer recognizing IDs from 5 states

Posted January 13, 2016

— Beginning Wednesday, Fort Bragg is no longer accepting driver's licenses and state identification cards from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington to get a visitor's pass to enter base. The Department of Homeland Security identified the five states as non-compliant with the standards of the Real ID Act.

“Effective immediately, residents of these five states can no longer use their driver’s license to get a visitor’s pass,” Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg Garrison spokesman, said in a news release. “Driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by these states cannot be used to access not just Fort Bragg, but all federal facilities, to include other military installations.”

The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established tougher requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency that would allow driver's license to be recognized for federal purposes.

Federally issued means of identification, including a U.S. passport, permanent resident card / alien registration receipt card and an employment authorization document with photo, can be used to obtain an installation visitor’s pass. Driver’s licenses from the remaining 45 states can still be used as valid forms of identification.

“The process for gaining access to Fort Bragg hasn’t changed for the vast majority of people,” said McCollum. “If you have a DOD issued ID card, you can use it at the gates as you always have.”

Twenty-three other states are currently pursuing compliancy for their programs under an extended deadline - with South Carolina among the list. The Department of Homeland Security website has additional details concerning state-by-state compliance with the Real ID Act.


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  • Raleigh Rose Jan 14, 2016
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    Missouri is a bellwether state, not a blue state. In the last election Missouri went for Romney. The state also went for McCain. It's much more red than blue.

  • Dirk Snedly Jan 14, 2016
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    Hey genius, Missouri isn't a Blue State and by next election neither will Minnesota be such.

  • Ronnie Reams Jan 14, 2016
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    I'm sure they recognize'um when they see'um. More correct to say that Fort Bragg no longer allows you on
    the Fort with IDs from 5 states.

  • Jim Frei Jan 13, 2016
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    And yet you probably support states' rights.

  • Scott Scheffel Jan 13, 2016
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    NC has an extension until October. So we may be added to that list soon. Funny how WRAL mentioned SC but failed to mention NC is as also noncompliant.

  • BigWillie Johnson Jan 13, 2016
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    They are all Blue States, I am just saying...............

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 13, 2016
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    I count 5 now. Looks like The entire 4th line was missing so it read
    "cards from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and
    Department of Homeland Security."

    So during proof reading it didn't really stand out because the grammar still worked.
    -5 points, +2 for correcting it. lol

  • Amanda Jones Jan 13, 2016
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    Please correct the article or check your math....

  • Edward Tilley Jan 13, 2016
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    Common Core Math

  • Megan Waldron Jan 13, 2016
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    You only listed 4 states.