Military Bases No Longer Accepting IDs from Five States 

U.S. military installations are no longer allowing visitors to gain base access using official ID cards from five states — and other installations may soon follow.

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State-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards from Illinois, New Mexico, Missouri, Washington and Minnesota can no longer be used to obtain a visitor’s pass because those cards don’t comply with federal standards, officials said. DoD officials did not say whether or not enahnced driver’s licenses from Minnesota or Washington would still be accepted.

Guidance has already been issued by such installations as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Fort Drum in New York, Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

“Effective immediately, residents of these five states can no longer use their driver’s license to get a visitor’s pass,” Tom McCollum, a Fort Bragg spokesman said in a release today. “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.”

Nate Allen, a spokesman for the Army, in an email confirmed the changes affect all military installations in the U.S.

The changes impact visitors who are attempting to secure a visitor’s pass to the bases using one of the non-compliant state ID cards. Visitors who are accompanied in the vehicle by a Defense Department card holder can continue to access the installations using any state’s driver’s license, officials said.

A spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, said




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  • chitowncircle

    What exactly are federal standards? When living in Illinois I had to provide a birth certificate, proof of address, social security, get a drivers license. What else does the federal government want?

    • Doir

      I may be wrong, but, I think, they’re saying that now that illegals are able to secure drivers licenses without background checks a license is no assurance that the person in possession of one is an honest person or perhaps a security risk.

      • Yankee ’42

        I had a very hard time transferring my license from WA to NJ in 06 and it was hell, and I was coming out active duty at all things. NY and NJ had a equally tough system, but with Cuomo and DiBlasio in charge NY went commie and issue licenses to many illegals. You might want to get a passport as well, just in case.

    • Beckah

      They actually have a program called “Real ID” that was supposed to go into effect this year, but has been extended to 2018 (might be 2020). Now that so many states are granting drivers licenses to illegals, one has to wonder what is being required as “proof” these days. I would venture a guess that this has a great deal to do with this.