The U. S. Department of Homeland Security has granted a last-minute, 30-day grace period before enforcing the REAL ID Act, according to Physical Security Specialist Tracie Miller, Directorate of Emergency Management.

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, spells out minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards; federal agencies cannot accept licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet the standards.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is one of the eight states that issues ID cards that do not yet comply with increased security. The other seven states are Alaska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington State.

The grace period will expire July 10.

This means personnel with a driver's license from one of these eight states can still use it as a form of identification when entering the joint base. After July 10, another form of accepted identification will be required.

Miller urges those in Virginia or from the other states to prepare by reviewing the list of approved alternate forms of ID to use in conjunction with your noncompliant ID.

See for acceptable ID options.

Visitors to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall who are from states not in compliance could be delayed into or denied entry to Fort Myer, Henderson Hall and Fort McNair.