Some state drivers licenses not to be recognized

| January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

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News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington as proof of identity, DoD officials have said. The ban, which also includes licenses from American Samoa, is a consequence of the REAL ID Act of 2005.

The REAL ID Act grew out of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; most of the terrorists involved had driver’s licenses from Florida and Virginia. Congress tightened up issuance processes and documentation needed to get a driver’s license.

Compliant cards must have specific security features to prevent tampering, counterfeiting or duplication of the document. The licenses also must present data in a common, machine-readable format.

Garrison implementation
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii understands that enforcement of the REAL ID Act will be a challenge for all installation guests coming from the Mainland with a non-compliant state drivers license or ID card – so we will provide personnel time to inform their guests prior to enforcing the READ ID Act which will be effective 1 May 2016.

For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the Act, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/ current-status-states-territories.

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