By Carrie Dungan
Starting Jan. 22, 2018, some visitors to Fort Bragg may have to present two forms of identification to access the installation. This is a result of the REAL ID Act, which requires all states to meet security standards when issuing state driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Currently, no states or territories are subject to REAL ID enforcement at federal facilities because of a government-issued extension. The extension expires on Jan. 22.
If an individual from a non-compliant state requests a visitor’s pass at the All-American Visitor Control Center after that date, that visitor must provide an approved second form of identification, said Mickey McQuain, physical security officer, physical security division, Directorate of Emergency Services.
Some accepted forms of secondary identification include:
Veterans Health Identification Card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Native American Tribal Photo ID
Personal Identification Verification Card issued by the U.S. government
U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
However, this list is not exhaustive.
“The senior commander can also approve select documentation like a library card, school identification cards containing a photograph … if the card-issuing agency provides reasonable assurance that the identity is verified and mitigates something that can’t be produced as a fraudulent document,”
He said other examples of documents that the senior commander could approve include proof of insurance and vehicle registration. McQuain emphasized that the Fort Bragg physical security team will handle all requests on a case-by-case basis to ensure fair access to post.
“We don’t know what kind of documents people are going to have in their possession,” he said. “We are going to make every effort to make sure that they are gaining access to the installation, but they will be thoroughly vetted, just like we continue to do in accordance with Army guidance.”
The REAL ID extension expiration does not affect Department of Defense ID cardholders. Service members, dependents, retirees and DoD civilian employees will continue to access the installation through the various Fort Bragg Access Control Points by scanning their DoD ID.
For more information about REAL ID, or to check your state’s compliancy, visit www.dhs.gov/real-id#.