I generally am pretty organized when it comes to paying attention to identification expiration dates.
It was quite a surprise on Friday to be told that my ID was set to expire in a couple of weeks as I made my way into the gate.
Cue scrambling to make an appointment at the Soldier Support Center.
In all the kerfuffle, I realized that I had come across questions about IDs and visitor passes A LOT. So, why not address those?
Whether you need to renew an ID, replace a stolen or lost one or need an ID for the first time, the place to go is the Fort Bragg ID Center in the Soldier Support Center. As of the time of this writing, they do not accept walk-ins.
You have to make an appointment to get an ID. You can make an appointment by visiting https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/building.aspx?BuildingId=380. This link can also help out with information as to what is needed during your appointment.
The ID center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but does not take any sign-ins after 4:30 p.m. They are closed every third Wednesday of the month from 8 to 10 a.m.
Sponsors have to be present at ID card appointments. However, if that isn’t possible, the person obtaining the ID card can bring in a valid, updated Power of Attorney or a DD172-2 form signed by the sponsor and their command.
Two pieces of identity are required when making the appointment. The primary ID has to be a state or federal form of identification, like a passport or driver’s license.
If you are getting a card for the first time and you’re a spouse, you’ll also need to bring in your marriage certificate. Foreign documents must be original and also translated into English.
If you are replacing a stolen or lost ID, you’ll need to bring in a military police report or a referendum from a supervisor detailing the circumstances of the event, date and place.
Visitor’s Passes
Let’s say that you have a friend visiting and you live on post. How are they to get on Fort Bragg without you present?
They’ll have to go to the Fort Bragg Visitor Center at the All American access control point. They need to provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and their car registration.
Once they provide these to the security guards working the Visitor Center, a short background check will be completed. If everything is cleared to go, your friend will receive a limited pass onto the post.
These can vary in length of time; for example, I left my ID in my desk one fine day and was granted a 15 minute pass to get on Fort Bragg. These passes can go up to 90 days. It is up to the discretion of the security forces working the center to determine the length of the pass granted.
Once you have the pass, however, you’re granted access to any gate. The Soldiers working the gates will request to see the pass and a driver’s license.
The Visitor Center’s hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Here is something else I learned this past week: The ID center is open during a government shutdown. In the event of another potential government halt, the ID center will remain open to help all of us out with our ID needs.