Ft. Bliss Gate / Photo courtesy KSII FM
FORT BLISS, Texas – As of Jan. 13, Fort Bliss Visitor Control Centers will implement REAL ID Act compliance checks to ensure proper documentation is used to access the installation in accordance with Federal Law.
The Federal REAL ID Act. of 2005 establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. This Act prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official use driver licenses and identity cards from states unless the Department of Homeland Security determines the state meets set standards.
Currently, the New Mexico driver’s license and those from Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Washington are not in compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act. The result is that they are no longer a valid single form of identification that can be used to gain access to the installation.
Anyone in possession of a previously issued Fort Bliss pass based on a non-compliant form of identification, must get a new pass using REAL ID Act compliant identification.
If appropriate documentation is provided, they will be vetted and once cleared, a standard 30-day pass will be issued allowing access to the installation.
ACCEPTABLE IDENTITY SOURCE DOCUMENTS: All documents must be current.
a. U.S. passport or U.S. passport card.
b. Permanent resident card / Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551).
c. Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa.
d. Foreign passport with a current arrival-departure record (INS Form I-94) 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 the employer.
e. Employment authorization document with photograph (INS Form I-766).
f. In the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with INS Form I-94 or INS Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
g. Driver’s license or identification card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address and meets REAL ID compliance standards.
h. Identification card issued by Federal, State, or local government agencies, provided it contains a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address.
i. School identification card with a photograph.
j. U.S. Military or draft record.
k. U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card or TWIC.
l. Native American tribal document.
All persons not in possession of REAL ID Act compliant identification will continue to be vetted. Once cleared, they may receive a locally produced Day Pass on a ONE-TIME basis and allowed ESCORTED access to the installation.
The organization/individual being visited will be contacted and required to provide an escort for the delivery/visitor.
For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs