The Real ID Act and Military Base AccessThe reason behind the Real ID Act is to stop the production of fake ID's.
The 2005 law known as the Real ID Act, requires states to meet minimum security requirements for state-issued ID cards such as driver's licenses, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Although the agency's extension for the affected states has expired, Pentagon officials have granted extra time for DoD-operated locations. The reason behind the Real ID Act is to stop the production of fake IDs.
At this time there is no update on how military bases are handling this legislation. As of now, a state-issued driver's license should suffice when entering the depots at San Diego and Parris Island. However, we recommend calling ahead of time, leaving enough time to acquire a new state-issued ID or a passport. Beyond MCRD is another issue; this March we had a staff member that was not allowed to use her Missouri State ID to gain access to a military facility.
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