Four more state drivers’ licenses have been added to the growing list of IDs not accepted on federal installations. The change goes into effect Jan. 30.
Drivers’ licenses from Montana, Maine, Kentucky and Pennsylvania will no longer be accepted at Fort Bragg or any other federal installation. South Carolina has received a waiver to allow drivers’ licenses from that state until June.
The five states join Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington as states whose licenses do not comply with Homeland Security’s REAL ID Act.
The REAL ID Act sets requirements for state drivers’ licenses and IDs that may be accepted on federal installations and buildings as well as commercial flights. The intent of the law is to reduce the number of fake IDs created in the U.S. Passed 10 years ago, the REAL ID Act took effect in 2014.
States could apply for extensions to allow changes to their IDs. North Carolina is one of those states. The extension date is good until October.
Residents of the nine states can still get onto Fort Bragg if they do not have a Department of Defense ID. Another form of identification such as a passport or permanent resident card will be requested at the access points.
Enhanced IDs will also grant access to Fort Bragg. An enhanced ID, also known as a passport card, doubles as a drivers’ license and a limited passport. Currently, Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington offer their residents an enhanced ID.
A DoD ID holder, regardless of their state of residency, will be granted access to Fort Bragg as usual.