Fort Wainwright rejecting IDs from 5 states, American Samoa

(Image via the Department of Homeland Security)
(Image via the Department of Homeland Security)

Some visitors to Fort Wainwright are no longer able to enter using just their driver’s license to identify themselves.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Army base in Fairbanks began implementing the REAL ID Act Monday, forcing those with driver’s licenses from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and the U.S. territory of American Samoa to provide additional identification for entrance.

Fewer than half the states are in compliance with the 10-year-old law, which set national standards for identification cards. Other states, including Alaska, have been granted a waiver to comply by Oct. 10.

The driver’s licenses that are no longer sufficient for entrance at Fort Wainwright aren’t valid because those states and American Samoa haven’t received waivers.

Those visitors must present a passport or another form of identification.