Location: 870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle Barracks PA
Hours: 0700-1700 Monday to Friday
Phone: 717-245-3721 /
245-3733 / 245-3725
Fax: 717-245-3750


Enhanced ID Cards/Real ID Act

Real ID update for installation access

IMPORTANT POST ACCESS UPDATE: Visitors may continue to use driver's licenses from Pennsylvania and several other states when accessing Carlisle Barracks through at least Oct. 10, thanks to the extension of certain REAL ID Act (www.dhs.gov/real-id) enforcement dates announced by the Department of Homeland Security today.

*** READ MORE BELOW, BUT FIRST: Enforcement of the REAL ID Act does not affect military or civilian personnel/dependents with the appropriate federal credentials. For all others, if you are uncertain whether you can get on Carlisle Barracks with your current identification, head over to https://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/VisitorCenter/realID.htm before arriving to learn our entry requirements, acceptable forms of identification, and what you can do to avoid delays or denial of entry. ***

Visit www.dhs.gov/real-id to learn about this law, see your state's compliance status and upcoming enforcement dates, and find out what it all means for visits to Carlisle Barracks now or in the future. Those with driver's licenses from non-compliant states must have additional qualifying identification (e.g. U.S. passport, birth certificate, Social Security card) to get on post.

As of today, only state-issued identification from Minnesota* and Missouri are not valid for accessing federal installations due to non-compliance with the act. Oregon may be added to this list following expiration of an enforcement grace period on July 10. People who wish to access the post with IDs from those states must provide a secondary form of id that can be found at https://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/VisitorCenter/realID.htm

*Regardless of their compliance status, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington all offer optional enhanced driver's licenses that are considered superior to the act's requirements and may be used for visitor access to Carlisle Barracks .

Visitors who do not hold DoD ID cards, nor an enhanced driver ID from another state, will be asked for a secondary form of identification, selected from this list:

  • U.S. passport
  • Current car registration, proof of insurance or vehicle title
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Health/Dental Insurance Card
  • Medicare Card
  • Veterans Service Organization Card (VFW, AL, AMVETS etc.)
  • VA Health/Prescription card
  • Concealed Carry Weapons Permit
  • Sams/Cosco/BJ's membership etc. Card
  • Library Card
  • Security Clearance Badge
  • Building Badge
  • Employment/Company ID card
  • Student ID
  • SSN Card
  • Hunting/Fishing License
  • Union Membership Card
  • Professional License (Pilot, Beautician, Mechanic etc.)
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Selective Service Card
  • DD214/215
  • Birth/Baptism Certificate
  • School Transcript
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Pay Stub
  • Utility Bill
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

The REAL ID Act, passed by the United States Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses." The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act's minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

Starting January 22, 2018, driver's licenses issued by non-compliant states will no longer be accepted at TSA checkpoints.

Find the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act -- HTTPS://WWW.DHS.GOV/CURRENT-STATUS-STATES-TERRITORIES