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Fort Bragg no longer recognizing IDs from 5 states

Posted January 13, 2016 1:49 p.m. EST
Updated January 13, 2016 6:14 p.m. EST

— 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.