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Scott Air Force to restrict access under new law starting Sept. 15


SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE – Access to Scott AFB will be limited beginning Sept. 15, under a new federal law.

In accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005, visitors seeking access to military installations using state driver’s licenses from Missouri, Minnesota, Washington and American Samoa will no longer be authorized unescorted access without additional documentation, such as a U.S. passport.

If visitors do not have a passport or another form of federally recognized photo ID, then they must be escorted by a sponsor while on Scott AFB, the base announced in a release on Thursday.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

To date, the above states and territories have not made adequate progress in meeting these security standards and, therefore, those state driver’s licenses may not be used for unescorted base access as of Sept. 15, base officials said.

The base will no longer be authorized to approve unescorted visitor passes through the Scott AFB Visitor Control Center for visitors with driver’s licenses issued by Missouri, Minnesota, Washington, and American Samoa unless they have another federally recognized photo ID.
Without another form of approved identification, visitors must be physically escorted onto Scott by a member with a DoD identification card. All delivery and transportation companies must also comply with the Act.

Of note, the rule does not affect valid and current passes issued.

The following is a list of acceptable federally recognized photo IDs that can be used in lieu of a driver’s license from Missouri or the other states/territory as noted.

Acceptable forms of federally recognized photographic identification:

• Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) in accordance with REAL ID enforcement schedule (;
• U.S. Passport;
• U.S. Passport Card;
• U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551);
• Employment Authorization Document issued by DHS (Form I-766);
• An ID card issued by Federal, State, or local government agencies with all the required REAL ID Act information;
• U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Cards/Credentials;
• Personal Identification Verification card issued by the Federal Government;
• Interoperable (PIV-I) cards issued by Non-Federal Government entities;
• DHS “Trusted Traveler” Cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST);
• Merchant Mariner card issued by DHS;
• Border Crossing Card (Form DSP-150);
• U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-550);
• U.S. Refugee Travel Document issued by DHS containing a photograph (Permit to Re-enter Form I-327 and Refugee Travel Document Form I-571);
• Veterans Health Identification Card issued by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and
• Foreign Government Passport.

Visit the DHS web site for additional information: . Contact the Security Forces Visitor Control Center at (618) 256-2008 for any questions.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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