Fort Benning enforcing REAL ID Act

By Noelle Wiehe, Bayonet & Saber /

The READ ID Act, passed in 2005, establishes standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, which include requirements for a photograph and certain biographic information — name, date of birth, height, eye color and address.

As of Dec. 31, driver’s licenses and ID cards from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and the territory of American Samoa are not compliant with the standards of the act, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Fort Benning is in compliance with the REAL ID Act, and Monica Manganaro, Fort Benning Garrison Public Affairs director, gave this advice for all people planning on attending a basic training graduation: “You should have received a letter from your Soldier’s commander, giving you specific instructions on Family Day and graduation procedures. Plan your travels with the following information in mind — Fort Benning requires all visitors to show a picture ID and to be vetted prior to entering the installation.”

Effective immediately, residents of the five specified states and one territory must possess one of the following accepted authorized government issued identification cards in lieu of their driver’s license:

Real ID - Does it affect me? Homeland Security chart

  • 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 alien 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 alien’s nonimmigrant 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.
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.
  • Birth certificate
  • Utility bill or documentation showing the person’s name and address.
  • Vehicle registration.

Manganaro advised residents planning events such as weddings and Family reunions to remind their guests that they may need an escort if they don’t have the proper identification.

For information regarding access policy changes to Fort Benning, visit www.benning.army.mil or visit www.dhs.gov for information on the REAL ID Act.

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