FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – Fort Bragg will no longer accept driver’s licenses and state identification cards from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington to get a visitor’s pass.
The Department of Homeland Security said the five states did not meet the standards of the REAL ID Act.
“Effective immediately, residents of these five states can no longer use their driver’s license to get a visitor’s pass,” said Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg spokesman, in a statement. “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.”
Federally issued forms of identification can still be used to gain access, including a U.S. passport, permanent resident card / alien registration receipt card and an employment authorization document with photo.
“The process for gaining access to Fort Bragg hasn’t changed for the vast majority of people,” said McCollum. “If you have a DOD issued ID card, you can use it at the gates as you always have.”
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established tougher requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency that would allow driver’s license to be recognized for federal purposes.
Illinois officials have said it will cost the state $4 million a year to comply with federal guidelines. The Chicago Tribune has reported that a major feature of the REAL ID act is the verification of birth certificates, which Illinois does not require.
Missouri passed a law in 2009 prohibiting the state from meeting the federal guidelines, according to the Kansas City Star. That bill was designed to protect the privacy rights of individuals.