Some IDs invalid at WPAFB next month


Greene County News

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Individuals will no longer be able to access Air Force installations with a state-issued identification card or driver’s license from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa beginning Thursday, Sept. 15.

This new change aligns the Air Force’s installation access policy with requirements of the Real ID Act, which focuses on improving the reliability of state-issued identification documents and helps prevent a person’s ability to evade detection by using a fraudulent form of ID.

While IDs that do not meet security and data-collection guidelines will not be accepted, alternate forms of identification will be allowed. Some of the more common alternatives include a valid U.S. or foreign government issued passport, an employment authorization document that contains a photograph, or ID cards issued by federal, state or local government agencies that include a photo and biographic information.

According to Air Force officials, all individuals attempting to gain access to Wright-Patterson or any other Air Force installation without a Defense Department ID card will be subject to a routine background check.

Those who do not have the accepted documentation for installation access will not be permitted to enter the base without an approved escort.

In order to gain unescorted access to Wright-Patterson, affected personnel will be required to provide an alternate form of government-issued photo ID that is REAL ID compliant at the access control points or Pass & Registration (Building 286). The most common alternate forms of compliant IDs are passports and VA patient IDs.

A complete list of alternate IDs is provided at the DHS website. Without an approved REAL ID credential a DOD member – military, dependent or civilian – (not DOD contractor) must escort the visitor onto the installation.

For a full list of Real ID Act compliant and non-complaint states, visit the Department of Home-land Security’s website at

Story courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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