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New Mexico licenses approved as Real IDs until October 2017

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  • 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
New Mexico drivers’ licenses and IDs will continue to be accepted as a valid form of identification for entrance to Cannon Air Force Base until Oct. 10, 2017, according to a recent update to the Department of Homeland Security website.

Besides state identification, the DoD/military-issued Common Access Card remains a valid form of identification for access to the base. Alternate forms, such as a valid U.S. or foreign passport with a Social Security card or birth certificate also remain accepted.

The DHS website explains which state-issued driver's licenses and IDs are Real ID non-compliant at federal facilities, including Air Force installations.

For a summary of Real ID Act rules and information, to include compliance, extensions, limited extensions, rules under review, and an up-to-date list of non-compliant states and territories, please visit

For more information concerning access to Cannon, please contact the Visitors Center at 575-784-2400.