Visitors from at least four states and one territory can no longer use a driver’s license as the sole form of identification to enter Fort Benning, a public affairs spokesman said Wednesday.
Identifications from the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and the territory of American Samoa do not comply with the REAL ID Act, said post spokesman Nathan Snook. New Mexico would have been included but was granted an extension so drivers licenses and ID cards from the state are acceptable to enter Fort Benning.
Snook said the effort was part of Homeland Security directive for states to use drivers licenses that are harder to counterfeit. Compliance for the identifications included bar codes and several pictures. The date of compliance for changes was January this year, but some states and territories still didn’t meet the guidelines, Snook said.
“Some states have shown they were making corrections but not completely compliant,” he said.
People who are visiting Fort Benning from the specified states if they use the drivers license as primary form of ID. “They were encouraging people to get a passport to go on Fort Benning,” he said. “We are going to make sure parents of kids in those states are going to be able to see their kids graduate.”
Residents of the four specified states and one territory must possess one of the following accepted authorized government issued identification cards in lieu of their driver's license:
•U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
•Personal Identification Verification Card issued by the federal government.
•Personal Identification Verification-Interoperable Card issued by the federal government.
•U.S. military ID
•Veterans Health Identification Card
•DHS Trusted Traveler Card.
•Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
•Merchant Mariner Card.
•State Department driver's license.
•Border Crossing Card (DSP-150).
•U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550).
•Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551).
•Foreign passport with a temporary (1-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa.
•U.S. Refugee Travel Document with photo (Form I-571) or Re-enter Form (I-327).
•Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766).
•In the case of a nonimmigrant authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing endorsement of the nonimmigrant’s status, as long as the endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
•U.S. military or draft record.
•Native American Tribal Document.
•Foreign government issued passport (INS Form 94).
The following is a list of other documents that can be used in conjunction with a nonvalid ID:
•University, library or school identification card with a photograph, name and expiration date.
•Nongovernment photo ID with person's name and address.
•Utility bill or documentation showing the person's name and address.