SANTA RITA, Guam—U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) will extend the REAL ID requirement for base access until April 10, 2019.
NBG was recently made aware of the extension granted by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The REAL ID extension had originally expired on Jan. 10, 2019. However, DHS recently authorized an additional extension through April 10, 2019. According to the Homeland Security letter, DHS has received and is reviewing Guam’s certification that Guam has implemented a program that meets the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and regulation. However, additional time is needed to complete the review, the letter stated.
This additional extension allows federal agencies to accept Guam issued driver’s licenses and identification cards for access to military installations for official purposes.
In response to the extension and keeping safety and security at the forefront, NBG will continue to accept the following authorized identification at the Visitor Control Center:
• All REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards
• All Guam driver’s licenses and Guam ID cards
• Valid U.S. passports
This requirement impacts individuals requesting access to NBG properties including: guests, contractors, vendors, service providers, and any other non-Department of Defense cardholders.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act 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 state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. REAL IDs require applicants to submit more documents to prove their identity, including a proof of birth, citizenship, and residency.
For a full list of documents you can use to apply for a REAL ID go to https://www.guamtax.com/help/realIDpolicy.html.
The NBG VCC Guest Services hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3:30pm. The NBG VCC Contractor Services hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: from 6:30am to 4:30pm and Wednesday from 7am to 3pm.
Both contractor and guest services are closed on weekends and federal holidays. (PR)