- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - Visitors from at least four states and one territory can no longer use a driver’s license as the sole form of identification to enter Fort Benning, military officials say.

Identifications from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and the territory of American Samoa do not comply with the federal REAL ID Act, said base spokesman Nathan Snook.

The effort is part of a Homeland Security directive for states to use driver licenses that are harder to counterfeit, Snook said.

Compliance for the identifications included bar codes and several pictures, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. The date of compliance for changes was January this year, but some states and territories still didn’t meet the guidelines.

“Some states have shown they were making corrections but not completely compliant,” Snook said.

New Mexico would have been included in the list of unacceptable IDs, but the state was granted an extension so driver licenses and ID cards from New Mexico are acceptable for now to enter Fort Benning.

Fort Benning is a U.S. Army base near Columbus, just east of the Alabama-Georgia line.


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