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    Some Civilian Retirees Must Get New ID Cards or They Could Soon Be Barred from Bases

    Some Civilian Retirees Must Get New ID Cards or They Could Soon Be Barred from Bases

    bases are set to stop accepting Civilian Retiree Identification Cards after next month as part of the Defense Department's move toward a federal ID standard, though commanders may choose to continue accepting the cards temporarily.

    The introduced ID cards for its civilian retirees to get on in 2009 as some installation commanders allow them to use the base's morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) facilities.

    However, in February, the department announced that it would stop issuing the cards because of a federal law that pushed states to require more documentation from residents before issuing IDs, part of the Real ID Act passed in 2005.

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    Civilian Retiree ID Cards will no longer be valid after Aug. 31; instead, civilian retirees will likely need a Real ID-compliant driver's license, in addition to potentially re-registering with their local base, according to the February memo. Commanders can overrule the requirement.

    The change will not affect uniformed military retirees or their dependents.

    The Real ID Act came in response to the federal 9/11 Commission report, which found that “all but one of the terrorist hijackers acquired some form of identification document” to help with conducting the attacks.

    After a number of delays to enforcement, all states now issue compliant IDs. A Real ID-compliant driver's license…

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