REAL ID Law Affects Some Visitors To Fort Riley


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Following the Jan. 22 deadline for states and territories to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, residents of American Samoa will be required to provide additional identification to access Fort Riley, as of Feb. 5.

All other states and U.S. territories are either in compliance with the regulations or have been granted extensions to meet the standards.

The Congressional REAL ID Act of 2005 establishes federal standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards. Licenses issued by states or territories not in compliance with these standards are not accepted by the federal government for official purposes, such as entering a federal installation or flying commercial airlines.

Visitors to Fort Riley from American Samoa will need to provide a second form of identification. Visitors can find a detailed list of acceptable forms of ID by going on line to www.riley.army.mil and clicking on the yellow “Accessing Fort Riley” tab on the right-hand side of the page.

Additionally, individuals who hold driver’s licenses or identification cards labeled “Not for federal identification” will be authorized entry until October 2020. In Dec. 2017 the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for implementing REAL ID, announced that enforcement delay. All legal State-issued identification cards are accepted for entry to federal installations.

Visitors with a valid Department of Defense-issued ID card are not affected by any of these changes.

For more information about REAL ID, visit www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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