- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The Department of Defense says some military installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and New Mexico, as proof of identity.

But a spokeswoman with the Navy’s Northwest region said Friday that it is reviewing the policy and that access to Navy bases in the Northwest hasn’t changed.

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord spokesman also said Friday that the base is currently reviewing the changes and hasn’t made any changes at this time.

Defense officials said Wednesday that people may be allowed entry to bases with another form of ID such as a passport.

Washington state already offers, but does not mandate, enhanced driver’s licenses and IDs that require proof of U.S. citizenship and are valid under the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005. That federal law set minimum standards for licenses in response to security concerns following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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This story has been updated to add that policies remain unchanged for Navy bases in the Northwest.


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