FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Fort Bragg can no longer accept driver’s licenses and state identification cards from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington to get a visitor’s pass to enter the installation. The Department of Homeland Security identified these 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,” said Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg Garrison spokesman. “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.”
Federally issued means of identification can be used to obtain an installation visitor’s pass. These include a U.S. passport, permanent resident card / alien registration receipt card and an employment authorization document with photo. 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.”
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. Twenty-three other states are currently pursuing compliancy for their programs under an extended deadline – with South Carolina among the list. For current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the Real ID Act, visit https://www.dhs.gov/.
For more information on access procedures, please visit http://www.bragg.army.mil/directorates/DES/pmo/Pages/AccessInformation.aspx or call the Visitor Control Center at (910) 907-5165.