Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) recently announced new ID requirements for unescorted visitor access at that base and the Yakima Training Center (YTC). These facilities will begin complying with the Federal Real ID Act on April 1, 2016, which means a standard Washington driver license or ID card will not be accepted for entry.
Washington residents who plan on visiting a military base in our state must have an Enhanced Driver License, Enhanced ID Card, or another acceptable form of identification to get a visitor’s pass for unescorted access to these bases. According to Fort Lewis officials, the following documents can be used in place of a standard Washington driver license or ID card:
- Washington State Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card
- U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
- Permanent resident card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-551).
- Foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa.
- Foreign passport with a current arrival-departure record or foreign passport with INS Form I-94/I-94A bearing the same names as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, if that status authorizes the alien to work for an employer.
- Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (INS Form I-776).
- JBLM-issued Rapid Gate Identification
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
- Transportation Worker ID Card (TWIC) issued by DHS
- Native American tribal document.
- U.S. Government issued, authenticated Federal PIV credentials.
- For anyone under 18, a school identification card with a photograph.
This change affects companies with employees who need unescorted access to JBLM or YTC. It also impacts people who need visitor passes for unescorted base access to visit friends, family, the museums, hospital or other locations.
Washington is one of five states whose standard driver license is not in compliance with the federal law. Washington’s Enhanced Driver Licenses and Enhanced ID Cards are Real ID Act compliant and require proof of U.S. citizenship, identity and Washington state residence. Learn more about obtaining an Enhanced License or ID at the Department of Licensing website.
Learn more about the new requirement by contacting the Lewis Visitor Center at (253) 967-4794, McChord Field Visitor Center at (253) 982-2588, or YTC Police Desk at (509) 577-3236.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security Website for information about the Real ID Act.