Fort Leonard Wood

Local REAL ID FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What changes have been made at Fort Leonard Wood in regard to the requirements to gain access to the installation?

Drivers’ licenses and identification cards from the states of Minnesota and Missouri are no longer accepted as a valid form of identification alone to gain access to Fort Leonard Wood and its facilities. Drivers’ licenses and identification cards from these states are non-compliant with the standards of the federal REAL ID Act.

Q: What other forms of identification are acceptable?

Alternate forms of identification that may be used in conjunction with a state driver's license to potentially gain access to the installation are:

  • United States Passport or United States Passport Card
  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  • Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa
  • Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
  • Foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing same name as passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not expired and proposed employment is not in conflict with restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
  • School identification card with photograph
  • U.S. Military or draft record (Certified Copy of DD Form 214)
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Native American Tribal Document

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we work toward implementing this federal law.

Q: What impact will these changes have on the wait times at the access control points?

We do not anticipate any changes to wait times at access control points due to the implementation of this federal law.

Q: What happens if visitors cannot provide compliant forms of identification?

No exceptions will be made and visitors without a compliant form of identification will not be granted access.

Visitors without REAL ID Act compliant forms of identification and who cannot provide supplemental identity proofing documents, must be escorted at all times while on the installation by a DOD ID card holder.

Q: Are there exceptions to this new ID rule?

No exceptions will be made and visitors without a compliant form of identification will not be granted unescorted access.

Visitors without REAL ID Act compliant form of identification and who cannot provide supplemental identity proofing documents, must be escorted at all times while on the installation by a DOD ID card holder.

Q: How does the REAL ID Act affect people who currently have a Fort Leonard Wood visitor’s pass?

Contractors, vendors and reoccurring visitors in possession of a Fort Leonard Wood visitor’s pass will be affected by this federal law when their visitors pass needs to be renewed. Those in possession of a visitor’s pass that needs to be renewed will now have to provide a REAL ID Act compliant form of identification or supplemental identity proofing documents, which are listed at http://www.wood.army.mil/newweb/FLW_access.html.

Q: Will the VA identification card be accepted since it is based on the Missouri driver's license?

No. The Veterans Affairs identification card is not an acceptable form of identification to gain unescorted access to Fort Leonard Wood. An individual will need to provide an alternate approved form of identification, which can include a certified copy of their DD Form 214 in conjunction with their state driver’s license in order to gain unescorted access to the installation. Approved forms of identification are listed at http://www.wood.army.mil/newweb/FLW_access.html.

Q: Does this affect someone flying with Cape Air?

Although the deadline for REAL ID Act implementation for air travel is in 2018, those flying Cape Air from Fort Leonard Wood will need to provide a REAL ID Act compliant form of identification or provide an approved supplemental form of identification to gain unescorted access to Fort Leonard Wood.

Cape Air flyers without REAL ID Act compliant form of identification and cannot provide supplemental identity proofing documents, must be escorted at all times while on the installation by a DOD ID card holder.

Q: Does this apply to commercial vehicles?

Yes. No exceptions will be made and visitors without a compliant form of identification will not be granted unescorted access.

Q: Does this apply to DA civilians needing to renew their CAC cards? If so, what forms of identification are acceptable for CAC renewals?

REAL IDs are not required for issuance of DoD Common Access Cards.