IDs from 5 states no longer enough to enter Fort Bragg

Updated 1/14/2016 12:24 PM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Some visitors to Fort Bragg will no longer be able to enter with just a driver's license as identification.

Fort Bragg Garrison spokesman Tom McCollum says the military base in North Carolina has begun enforcing the REAL ID Act, a 10-year-old law meant to help prevent the use of fake identification.


Fewer than half of all states currently comply with the law, but most others, including North Carolina and Virginia, have received an extension to comply by Oct. 10.

McCollum said in a statement Wednesday that driver's licenses or state identification cards from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington are no longer enough to obtain a visitor's pass to enter the installation.

Those visitors will need to use a form of federally obtained identification, such as a U.S. passport, or be escorted at all times.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the law does not create a national identification card or database of driver's license information. Instead, it sets national standards for states to use to help prevent the use of fake IDs. The law is a mandate for federal agencies and participation by states is voluntary.

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