Marine Corps Installations transition to new access control system

4 Jun 2018 | Victoria Long Marine Corps Installations East

Earlier this week, Marine Corps Installations across the region began transitioning to a new government-owned access control system called Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS). This new and enhanced system will replace RAPIDGate and MCESS for contractors and other non-DoD-affiliated personnel requiring installation access. DBIDS is already installed at more than 320 sites with over 5 million registered personnel and unlike previous systems, this one is a free service.

Current RAPIDGate or MCESS credentials can easily be switched out for a DBIDS credential and new contractors can apply for a DBIDS credential using the same vetting requirements as previously required. RAPIDGate/MCESS credentials will be honored until September 30, 2018. After this date, all contractors will be required to have a DBIDS credential in order to access MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. In order to reduce wait time when exchanging your RAPIDGate/MCESS credential, it is highly recommended each applicant pre-register at!/.

This transition does not affect current DoD ID card holders who possess a valid Common Access Card (CAC), dependent ID card, reserve ID card, or retiree ID card, issued by the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

For more information on exchanging your RAPIDGate/MCESS credential, visit .