Implementation of the REAL ID Act

Congress, acting on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, passed the REAL ID Act in an effort to reduce fraud and deter acts of terrorism using fraudulent identification. This Act sets minimum standards for the issuance of driver’s licenses and other identification documents.

In accordance with the Act, the Department of Homeland Security established implementing standards. Among these is a prohibition on using non‑REAL‑ID Act compliant driver’s licenses as proof of identity for access to restricted (i.e., non‑public access) areas of federal facilities. The Y‑12 Complex falls under these requirements.

For badged employees, visitors from other DOE sites, and visitors from other agencies who bring their badges, this will have no effect.

Please visit these links for information on acceptable identification and noncompliance information:

People with identification from these jurisdictions will need to present an alternate photo identification to be granted access to Y‑12.

Some acceptable alternate forms of Photo‑ID include:
  • U.S. Passport or Passport Card
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced ID‑Card issued by the states of Minnesota, New York or Washington (Enhanced licenses issued by these states are clearly marked Enhanced or Enhanced Driver’s License)
  • A military ID or other government issued Photo‑ID card

This does not apply to badged employees, visitors from other U.S. Department of Energy sites, and visitors from other government agencies.

If you have any questions, please contact Personnel Security at 865.574.3280, Option #2.