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5 states' driver's licenses no longer valid to get on Maxwell, Gunter

Maxwell AFB (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) Maxwell AFB (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex in Montgomery are among the Department of Defense installations that no longer accept driver's licenses from five states as a means of gaining access to the facility.

Those with a driver's license from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington are no longer able to use those documents as proof of identity. The list also denies access using a license from American Samoa.

Those trying to access the facility will need an alternate form of identification, such as a passport. Service members, family members, DoD employees, and federal employees with the DoD common access card, DoD uniformed services identification and privileges cards, federal personal identification verification cards or transportation workers’ identification credentials are not affected, officials said, as these cards are authorized in DoD policy to facilitate physical access to installations.

The ban is part of the REAL ID Act of 2005 which came about as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Most of the terrorists that day had driver's licenses from Florida and Virginia. Those IDs prompted Congress to tighten the issuance process, as well as documentation needed to get a driver's license.

The REAL ID Act affects requires those seeking access to federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, or getting on a federally regulated commercial aircraft present a complaint form of identification. 

“DoD policy allows commanders to waive the DoD access control requirements for special situations, circumstances, or emergencies,” officials said. “Therefore, installations may authorize other alternatives to facilitate installation access, such as a graduation ceremony guest list, escorts, etc.”

None of the five states and American Samoa meet the compliance requirements of the REAL ID Act, which calls for cards to have specific security features to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or duplication, as well as presentation of data in a common, machine-readable format.

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