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New ID Requirement for NIST Site Access

New Identification Requirements for Entering the Nist Gaithersburg Campus

Beginning July 21, 2014, the identification requirements for entering the NIST site have changed as required by the 2005 “Real ID” Act. Driver’s licenses from nine U.S. states (Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota*, New York*, Oklahoma, Washington state*) and American Samoa will no longer be accepted as an official form of identification for U.S. citizens entering NIST. Drivers with these licenses will need to present an approved form of alternative identification to gain access to NIST. These include a:

  • NIST-issued ID badge.
  • Passport.
  • Passport card.
  • Federal agency HSPD-12 identification badge.
  • Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC).
  • Veterans ID.
  • Military dependent’s ID.
  • Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC).
  • Trusted Traveler card : Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS.
Non-citizen visitors must present passports with visas or permanent resident cards (green cards) to access NIST  facilities in any case, so the change in policy has no effect on them. 

NIST is implementing this new site access policy as required by the Department of Homeland Security**

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause. We appreciate your continued support of the CNST. 

Please see the NIST Visitor Information page for more information about the new access requirements. 

* Visitors from Minnesota, New York, and Washington state with state-issued Enhanced Driver’s Licenses, which are identifiable by an American flag icon, may use their driver’s licenses as valid identification for access to NIST.

** The policy results from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) REAL ID program, which supports the 2005 “Real ID” Act, requiring states to upgrade their driver’s licenses to meet new standards. Driver's licenses from most states are now compliant with DHS requirements, or are well along in becoming compliant, and visitors from states other than those listed above may continue to present their drivers’ licenses.