Real ID and what it means to the USAG-HI community

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments


Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command


In the Feb. 12th edition of the “Hawaii Army Weekly,” we discussed the implications of the Real ID Act of 2005 as it relates to access to DoD installations.

Understanding that the requirements under the Act may have some impact on members of our community, the garrison delayed the implementation until May 1.

As this is the last HAW article prior to the implementation of the Real ID Act access requirements, the Directorate of Emergency Services wants to provide everyone with a friendly reminder that there will be some installation access changes coming, although it will be transparent to most members and guests to our community.

The primary change to installation access related to this Act relates to unescorted access. Basically, an individual who possesses an ID card or driver’s license from a non-compliant state cannot use that ID for identity proofing without a second form of identification.

Individuals who do not possess a driver’s license (DL) or identification card compliant with the Real ID Act and who do not possess an acceptable secondary ID must be escorted at all times or denied access.

Understanding that the compliance of the Act is based on what documents must be presented and electronically stored prior to the issuance of a DL/ID, what information needs to be displayed on the card, the technology the card is encoded with and the accessibility/sharing of information through databases, there are a number of potential secondary forms of identification that may possess the required standards.

For the purpose of secondary identification forms, the following are commonly accepted as secondary forms and will be honored at US Army Hawaii installations:

  • U.S. passport or U.S. passport card,
  • U.S. military ID card,
  • Veterans health ID card,
  • Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler card (Global entry, Nexus, Sentri, Fast), and/or
  • U.S. permanent resident card.

While this list is not all-inclusive, these are secondary forms of ID that we anticipate being more common than others. Secondary forms of identification will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine compliance with the Act.

While we do not anticipate any implementation issues, please be aware that these changes to access will occur on May 1.

Is Your ID Compliant?

To see if your state is good to go with the Real ID Act, visit

For more information on the Directorate of Emergency Services, visit

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