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As of May 18, 2021, per AFMAN 31-101V3, Nellis AFB is enforcing the REAL ID Act. ALL visitors, either through the Trusted Traveler Program or who are requesting a pass through the Visitor Center must possess either a REAL ID, Enhanced Driver’s License or a non-REAL ID compliant driver’s license in conjunction with an additional form of Federally issued identification.
Sponsorship: Installation access in which visitors are sponsored onto the installation by someone with unescorted access to the installation (DoD ID card holders, dependents, etc.). Visitors will receive a pass and will be authorized to enter the installation on their own within the parameters of the permissions annotated on their pass.
-All visitors being sponsored will be identity-proofed and required to pass a background check before receiving a pass.
-Visitors must provide an unexpired REAL ID Act Compliant ID.
Trusted Traveler: Installation access where visitors are granted entry to the installation while with someone (either in the same vehicle or on foot) who has unescorted access (DoD ID card holder or member with a Defense Biometric Identification System card). The escort is responsible for verifying the visitor’s need to enter the installation.
-Visitors gaining access using Trusted Traveler procedures are subject to a background check if one is deemed required.
-Visitors gaining access using Trusted Traveler must be in possession of a Real ID Act Compliant ID.
-Visitors must stay with their Trusted Traveler escort at all times while on the installation. Escorts are responsible for their visitor's conduct.
Reference AFMAN 31-101v3 4 4.1
Any state identification that states, “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION,” “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” or “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE,” a second form is required for base entry. Without a second form of identification, individuals will be denied access onto the installation.
Only valid and current driver’s license or state IDs compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005 will be honored unless there is another form of ID used with the noncompliant ID.
Reference NAFB Plan 31-101 J-1-A-8
Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota and New York states issue REAL ID and state-issued enhanced driver’s licenses, both of which are acceptable. Washington state issues enhanced driver’s licenses only.
REAL ID compliant cards will bear the following symbols on the upper left or right portion of the ID card:
REAL ID Act Compliant IDs include:
-CAC USID (dependent, retiree, & reservist ID)
-REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID, which includes one of the above symbols.
-Enhanced driver’s license or ID (includes above symbols & a U.S. flag on the front)
-U.S. State or Territory-issued birth certificate with raised seal (must also present a photo ID)
-Social Security Card or Voter Registration Card (must also present a photo ID)
-U.S. or Foreign Passport, or Passport Card. Restrictions apply.
-Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). Restrictions apply.
-Veteran’s Health Identification Card (VHIC). Restrictions apply.
-Federal PIV ID Cards (Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, etc.)
Reference AFMAN 31-101v3, Installation Perimeter Access Control, for the complete list of acceptable installation access credentials.
Approved second forms of identification include:
-Unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
-Original or certified true copy of a birth certificate issued by a state, territory, possession or the District of Columbia, bearing a raised seal
-Certificate of U.S. Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
-Consular Record of Birth Abroad
-Other documents as established by DOD Component-level policy
-Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
Appeals will be initiated through the 99th Security Forces Squadron Pass and ID office in building 20.
Phone: (702) 652-8681
-Active duty military personnel with a Common Access Card (CAC)
-Reserve personnel with CAC or DD Form 2
-Military dependents with DD Form 1173 and/or 1173-1
-Retirees with DD Form 2
-DoD Civilians (Civil Service)
-Contractors with Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) cards and CACs with green stripe
-Federal and state agencies on official business
-Military veterans with a Veteran Health Identification Card that is “Service Connected, POW, Purple Heart, or Medal of honor recipient”
-DBIDS card holders to include: contractors, long-term visitors, honorary commanders, personnel with a visitor pass and AF Form 75
US Citizens: There are a few ways of getting passes onto Nellis AFB.
In-person pass issue: Both the sponsor and the visitor are required to be present at the Nellis Visitor Control Center (VCC) with valid credentials and current vehicle registration (if applicable).
Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) Virtual Enrollment System (DVES): The sponsor can initiate a pass request by calling or emailing the Nellis VCC. Pass requests must be submitted 5-7 business days prior to the date required.
Pre-approved pass: The sponsor can contact the Pass and ID office to receive a Pass Request Form. The sponsor completes the form and returns it to the Pass and ID office. After 72 hours have passed the visitor can retrieve the completed pass from the VCC.
*The VCC can issue passes for up to three days for official purposes and up to 14 days for visitation purposes.
**Individuals with a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) and Work Permit are authorized to use the steps above.
Non-Us Citizens: Non-Us Citizens without a Permanent Resident Card / Work Permit.
Contact 99th Security Forces Squadron Pass and ID for more information on a Foreign Visitor Request (FVR).
Processing time for the FVR is 5-10 business days.
In order to approve a pass request visitors MUST have a valid reason to be coming onto the installation.
Reference NAFB Plan 31-101 J-1-1 for foreign visitors gaining access
Q. What are the requirements for gaining Unescorted access to Nellis AFB?
A: Unescorted access requires individuals to establish their identity, be determined fit for access and establish an acceptable purpose for presence on the installation. The individual must provide a valid reason for why they need unescorted access.
Reference AFMAN 31-101 pg. 18
Q. What may prevent me from obtaining access to Nellis AFB?
A: Failure to provide proper identification, having an unfavorable Fitness Determination (background check) and failing to provide a sponsor to grant you access to the installation.
Q. Is there an appeal process if I am denied Unescorted access?
A: Yes, contact the 99th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) Pass and ID office at (702) 652-8681 for more information.
Q. What is the difference between unescorted access and escorted access?
A: Unescorted access means you do not have to be physically with an escort (Trusted Traveler sponsor). Trusted Traveler access mean you must be with someone with unescorted access at all times while on the installation.
Q. I want to go to Armed Forces Bank, is that a valid reason to get a pass?
A: This is a valid reason to get a visitor’s pass but you will need to have a sponsor vouch for your need to enter the installation prior to receiving a pass.
Q. How do I obtain a Nellis AFB pass?
A: If you are a contractor, subcontractor, vendor or service provider contact your company’s human resource manager or your DoD point of contact for information on how to pre-apply for a pass.
If you are not in one of the above categories, contact the Nellis AFB Visitor Control Center (VCC) at (702) 652-3216 or (702) 652-3218 for information on how to apply.
Q. Can I apply for a pass in advance of my arrival to Nellis AFB?
A: Yes, the sponsor can apply and receive a pass in advance through the Defense Biometric Identification System's (DBIDS) Virtual Enrollment System. The sponsor may also contact the 99 SFS Pass and ID office to initiate the pass process. When going through the Pass and ID office the pass can only be obtained on or after the approved start date of the pass.
Q. I am a DoD ID cardholder, can I sponsor or provide Trusted-Traveler access to a non-DoD ID cardholder onto Nellis AFB?
Type of ID
Active Duty (AD)
Foreign National Civilian or Military with Common Access Card (CAC)
YES (If assigned to Nellis AFB)
Reserve component not on AD orders
Reserve and Guard
Retiree from AD and Reserve
Uniformed Services ID Card holder at least 18 years of age
Veteran Health Identification Card
YES (up to 4 when issued DBIDS Card)
Long Term Visitors and Agent Cards
Vendors and Non-DoD Contractors
Community Partners and Leaders
Q. What if I forget my Military CAC or ID on base?
A: If this happens please report the VCC with another photo ID. We will verify that you have a CAC or ID issued to you and provide you with a temporary pass. If you do not have any identification you will have to contact someone to sponsor you onto the installation or bring your ID to you.
Instead of having to physically come to the Visitor Control Center (VCC), sponsors can obtain a DBIDS Virtual Enrollment System pass via email.
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