Implementation of REAL ID Act in Washington State

Be aware that the REAL ID Act as passed by Congress in 2005 is starting to effect certain Federal projects around Washington. Below is a notification from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Union Representative, or the Council office. Note: only members carrying Washington State Drivers Licenses as their only form of ID AND are working on federal projects may be effected.


SILVERDALE, WASH – Effective Monday Feb. 1, visitors to Navy Installations in the Northwest using their Washington Driver’s License for identification will now be required to show a different form of identification, as required by the REAL ID Act.

Visitors accessing Navy installations currently using a driver’s license or state identification card from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington will need another form of ID to access the base.  These types of ID no longer meet the Act’s established minimum security standards to access a Federal facility.

State Enhanced Driver’s Licenses designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by Department of Homeland Security are acceptable.

Service members, family members, Department of Defense (DoD) employees, and federal employees with the DoD common access card, DoD uniformed services identification and privileges cards, federal personal identification verification cards or transportation workers’ identification credentials are not affected, as these cards are authorized in DoD policy to facilitate physical access to installations.

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.

For additional information on what types of ID are acceptable, please go to the Homeland Security website link:

Visitors should contact the local Installation Pass and ID office to determine what identification will be accepted.

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