ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, has announced it will no longer accept New Mexico driver’s license as a form of identification from visitors.
The El Paso Times reports the U.S. Army Base announced the change Wednesday and said it would stop accepting New Mexico IDs because they aren’t in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.
The base also said it would not accept IDs from other noncompliant states: Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Washington state.
White Sands Missile Range and Sandia Labs also said this week it would stop accepting New Mexico IDs.
The moves comes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declined to give New Mexico an extension on complying with tougher rules that require proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver’s licenses and IDs to be valid for some federal purposes.