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Real ID Act Impacts Air Force Base Access

Air Force Bases Restrict Access to those with Minnesota, Missouri, Washington & American Samoa IDs

Beginning August 15th,  no Defense Department installation will accept IDs from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa. Some of these installations include U.S. Air Force bases, Holloman and Patrick.

Other sectors of the U.S. Defense Department, including the Navy, Marine Corps and Army stopped accepting identification that was not compliant with the Real ID Act in the early part of this year. The U.S. Air Force bases decided to wait to enforce the Real ID requirements until they received further direction according to

The U.S. Air Force bases changed the identification requirements so they would  be in compliance with enforcing the Real ID Act.  Maj. Megan Hall , 45th Security Forces Squadron commander states, “Implementation of the Real ID Act will bring us into compliance with the congressionally-mandated identification standards.”

The Holloman Air Force Base located in Otero County, New Mexico and the Patrick Air Force base, located in Brevard County, Florida have each stated that alternative forms of proper identification will be accepted and that the rules will not affect current military members, dependents or retirees.

Some of the forms of identification that will be accepted at U.S. Air Force bases include:

  • U.S. or foreign government passport
  • Employment authorization documents which include a photo
  • ID cards issued by federal, state or local government agencies that include a “photo and biographical information.”
  • Enhanced driver’s licenses from Minnesota or Washington


U.S. Air Force Base Entrance

U.S. Air Force Base Entrance. Image from

To learn more about the Real ID Act and its impact on U.S. Airforce bases, click here. For a refresher on the Real ID Act, click here.

MN Enhanced Drivers License

New MN Enhanced Driver’s License. What is it?

Do you know what an enhanced driver’s license is?

Minnesota is just one of five states that offer an enhanced driver’s license.  This license costs $15 extra and looks very different from the typical license.

What does an enhanced driver’s license get you?  With this license, you can travel between Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas without a passport.  The license itself is a lot more stiff and has the word enhanced on the front with an American flag.

Inside the license is an RFID (radio frequency identification chip) that is used at the border to verify your identity against a federal database.  This is the same type of database that is used for passports.

Our software is programmed to read any type of enhanced ID.  Our parsing engine is the most up to date on the market and reads IDs from all 50 US states, 8 Canadian provinces, and all Mexican provinces.  To learn more about our solutions, please visit our solutions page.

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What do you think about the new enhanced IDs being rolled out across the country?  Leave your thoughts below in the comment section.


Metro Employee Accused of Illegally Accessing Driver’s License Records

In Minnesota, Metro Transit confirmed an investigation of one of its employees who was accused of illegally accessing private information from the Department of Public Safety website.  According to sources, the employee looked up the names and photos of driver’s license data more than 7,000 times.

To read the full story, please visit the KSTP website.