Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act 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." The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.
The following states and territories are listed as being compliant with the REAL ID Act:
The following states and territories are listed as having extensions (expiration dates in parenthesis):
Below are acceptable forms of identification for identity proofing for access to Altus AFB if you do not have an Enhanced Driver's License:
- United States Passport or Passport Card, not expired
- Driver's License or other state photo ID card issued by DMV or equivalent, IAW REAL ID enforcement schedule
- An ID card issued by Federal, State or local government agencies with the all the required REAL ID Act information
- Personal Identification Verification (PIV) card issued by Federal Government
- Veterans Health Identification Card issued by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Interoperable (PIV-I) cards issued by No-Federal Government entities
- Certificate of Naturalization/ Certificate of Citizenship (form N-550)
- Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
- DHS "Trusted Traveler" Cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- Border Crossing Card (Form DSP-150)
- An employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Cards Credentials
- U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
- U.S. Refugee travel document or other travel document or evidence of immigration status issued by DHS containing a photograph
- A Foreign Government Issued Passport
- US Military ID (including retirees and dependents)
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
For more information Click on the images or for local help Pass and Registration is the focal point for implementation of REAL ID at Altus AFB and can be contacted at 580-481-6340
Updated October 2018
Q: When does enforcement start?
A: The enforcement of the REAL ID Act at Air Force Installations will begin on 22 January 2018.
Q: Does this affect those with a military, retiree, dependent or CAC ID?
A: No. There is no change for base access to individuals who already possess military or DoD issued credentials; non-DoD personnel without base access credentials will be the largest demographic affected by REAL ID Act requirements.
Q: What identification is required of minors?
A: There is no change to current procedures. When entering an installation with an individual in possession of a REAL ID Act compliant identification card, minors are not required to have an identification credential.
Q: If I have a military ID and want to take my mom on base, does she need to get a background check?
A: If you are a military ID cardholder and she is under your escort, she only needs to show a picture ID. If she needs unescorted access, i.e., entering the installation on her own, she will need a REAL ID Act compliant credential to be issued an access pass. A background check will be done prior to issuing the pass.
Q: I have guests attending a personal event for someone on base, do they each need a background check for this or just an access pass?
A: If you are escorting them in your vehicle, a photo ID will suffice without a background check. If you have guests that need to travel unescorted onto an Air Force Installation, guests 18 and over will need a background check and an access pass. The passes will be valid for the duration of the visit. Background checks and passes are issued at the Visitor Control Center (VCC). In order to conduct the background check, a REAL ID Act compliant credential will be required to establish individual identity.
Q: Do you need to get a new driver’s license or passport?
A: You have until Oct 2020 to replace your current license with a REAL ID compliant license, as long as your state is compliant or is non-compliant with an extension.
Q: I am a DoD contractor with a Common Access Card. Can I bring my wife onto the installation without her needing a background check or access pass?
A: No. Your wife will require a background check and access pass. Contractors are not authorized to escort uncleared visitors on the installation.
Q: What’s needed to access a base?
A: Access to Air Force installations is based upon, identify proofing, a background check and a purpose for entry. Installation commanders may deny access and issuance of access credentials based upon information obtained during the background process that indicates the individual may present a threat to the good order and discipline of the installation.
Q: Why are background checks being implemented on visitors?
A: Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 directs the Department of Defense to use the National Crime Information Center – Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to vet personnel entering any military installation who do not possess a U.S. Government Common Access Card or Uniformed Services Identification Card.
Q: Why are some states still not compliant? Isn’t this law
A: It is Federal law. REAL ID is Federal law requiring Federal agencies to restrict the circumstances under which they may accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards for official purposes. Participation by states is voluntary, although Federal agencies are prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses or identification cards from noncompliant states for official purposes.