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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

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Overview of the Real ID Act and access to base

Contractors, visitors urged to obtain Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses to access base

Did you invite your family to attend your graduation, homecoming, promotion, or retirement ceremony?  Do you have any contracted services needing access to the installation?  Ensure they are aware of the new requirements for installation access or they will be turned away.

Individuals can schedule an appointment for the REAL ID full-service RV on base at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4ea8ae2da5fd0-real. Ensure all required paper work is in order before showing up to your appointment. More information on REAL ID and the RV below.

“Per Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense policy, Real ID enforcement aboard Marine Corps installations began Jan. 22.  Since then, approximately 50 visitors or contractors per day have been refused access to Camp Lejeune for non-compliant identification,” said Lt. Col. Eric Young, Marine Corps Installations East provost marshal.

The Real ID Act of 2005 established minimum security standards for license issuance and production.  As of Jan. 22, this has impacted what identifications can be accepted at Marine Corps Installations.  

Any contracted services and visitors seeking access to Marine Corps installations who do not already have access via a Department of Defense credential (Common Access Card, DoD Retired Military ID, Dependent ID, RAPIDGate badge, etc.) will be required to provide a Real ID Act authorized ID unless their state has been granted an extension. 

Individual state’s compliance status can be viewed by visiting https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

Although the state may be compliant, the individual visitors’ or contractors’ DL or ID must be compliant.  They should visit their local Department of Motor Vehicles to update their ID as this cannot be done online.

In absence of a compliant DL or ID, one of the following federally approved forms of ID must also be provided in addition to the state ID:

1.    U.S. Passport
2.    U.S. Passport Card
3.    U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
4.    Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card
5.    Personal Identity Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I)
6.    U.S. State Department Driver's License
7.    Veteran’s Health Identification Card (Issued by the U.S.
       Department of Veterans Affairs)
8.    U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
9.    U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship (Form
10.   Department of Homeland Security Employment   Authorization
        Document (Form I-766)

If a state is compliant, but not yet distributing compliant IDs, then an approved secondary ID will be required, or an escort by an approved sponsor will be required.

 “Again, this only directly affects those visitors or contractors whose states have not been granted an extension, and those who don’t already have access to base,” said Young.  “However if you have family coming from across the country to attend your graduation, or you’re trying to get your contracted services delivery, this will inadvertently affect you if they’re sent away.” 

The status of states’ compliance information is subject to change on a daily basis.  Continue to monitor the DHS site for modifications.

For further questions, contact the Visitor’s Center at (910) 451-7735 or the Contractor Vetting Office at (910) 450- 5977 before departing for the installation.



How to get a N.C. Real ID on base

Have you been putting off the dreaded trip to the DMV out in town to get a North Carolina REAL ID?  Long lines are now a thing of the past, thanks to a new agreement between Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, who have partnered to ease the process by providing a full-service RV on base beginning April 3.




A REAL ID is a single form of identification that meets higher security standards.  Although REAL IDs are not currently mandatory, by October of 2020 it will be a requirement to travel on commercial airlines and access federal facilities including military bases or nuclear power plants without a secondary form of approved identification.


Beginning April 3, service members and their dependents, as well as retirees and civilian service employees will be able to obtain a North Carolina REAL ID at the DMV RV, located at Hadnot Point Plaza parking lot near the corner of Holcomb Blvd. and Molly Pitcher Drive.  Appointments are required and will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first full week of each month from 8- 11 a.m. and noon - 5 p.m.   Individuals can schedule an appointment online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4ea8ae2da5fd0-real.  Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes. 


Several establishing documents will be required at your appointment.    


NC Requirements for Real ID


This list can also be downloaded at https://go.usa.gov/xnhjW.


The cost for a REAL ID is the same as a regular or duplicate driver license/ID.  However, if you already have a valid driver license or ID and want to upgrade for a REAL ID, the fee is $13.  All fees can be paid via a cash, check, credit or debit card.  If you have questions about fees, please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/fees/?s=LF


After you have submitted your documentation, taken a new photo and paid the fee, your REAL ID will be mailed to you in approximately 15-20 days.


If you have further questions on how to obtain your North Carolina REAL ID, please visit https://ncrealid.gov/.


For more information on REAL ID for other states/territories, secondary identification and the REAL ID Act of 2005, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.


The REAL ID Act does not affect Marine Corps installation access for individuals that already possess an approved-access credential, i.e. DoD ID card, dependent identification card, military retiree card, MCESS credential, or RAPIDGate credential.

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