Changes to Base Access for DoD Civilian Retirees Goes into Effect August 31, 2023

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WRIGHT- PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – After August 31, 2023, Department of Defense civilian retirees will be required to show a registered REAL ID card for base access.   

The implementation of the REAL ID Act has eliminated the requirement for DoD Civilian Retiree ID cards and are no longer being issued. Previously issued retiree ID cards will no longer be valid after August 31. 

DoD retired civilians are authorized limited use of morale, welfare and recreation activities on the installation. Use of these activities remain at the installation commander therefore varies at each base. 

The new process for base access will require retired DoD civilians to register a REAL ID at the Pass and Identification Office. To register, retirees must provide a copy of their SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing documentation of their retirement, along with a valid and current drivers license or U.S. Passport. 

Once registered, DoD civilian retirees may show their REAL ID for base access.

DoD ID cards are the property of the U.S. Government and must be returned to the DoD.  DoD Civilian Retiree ID cards may be surrendered at installation gates, the Customer Support ID Card Office located in Building 2 in Area A, or by mail to:

ATTN: CAC Returns
2102 E 21st Street N
Wichita, Kansas 67214

For more information on the transition, go to

For further information, DoD retired civilians may contact the Pass and ID office at (937) 257-6264 or visit To find a DoD Card Office, go to



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