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Loc: In my own little world
|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:15:35 AM|
My daughters and I are going to visit my son, who is in the Navy, on spring break. I've been told that any visitor must have a picture id to get on base, and we have to go on base to pick him up for the weekend because he doesn't have a car. My daughter is only 14, and her only picture id is a school id. Should I play it safe and go to the dmv and get her an official id, or will her school id be good enough?
|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:19:06 AM|
I don't k ow since its been so long since I've gone to a military base. In my opinion, it's a good idea to have a "legal"ID. I got my son one a few years ago when we were going to DC in case any places we wanted to see required ID. It only took about 20 min. And cost $10. It was worth it since he needed ID for a couple of tours.
Loc: Out in the boondocks
|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:21:34 AM|
not sure...but you can get a government issue id card at your dmv
|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:27:56 AM|it certainly wouldnt hurt to get the actual ID..
but. when my son graduated from basic training(Navy) last August we went up to see the ceremony and all my 14 year old had to have was his social security card.
i would guess thats enough anywhere,but could definitely be wrong.
you could post at navyformoms.com its a good message board navy site they would definitely know.
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|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:39:02 AM|
Only those 18 and older need a government issued ID to get on base. Your 14 year old DD will be fine. You will need a driver's license, proof of insurance and car registration to get on base.
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|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:53:06 AM|
Thanks for the responses.
We actually have been on a Navy base, several times. My sons were in bootcamp over Christmas, and we were able to check them out and spend the day with them. We also went for each of their graduations. The letters we received about each of those events said that anyone over 17 had to have either a state id, or a birth certificate. We took the birth certificate each time for my 14 year old (17 year old has a drivers license, so that was easy). We got on base the first two times with just the birth certificate, and when we went on the third time, for the second graduation, the person checking at the gate didn't want to let us on with just the birth certificate, even though we had already done so twice in the previous month.
I think I will just go get her a state issued id card just to be sure. I'd hate to get all the way to Florida and then not be able to go on base.
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 3/5/2013 11:53:24 AM|
KSUHeather is right. Just say that's she's 14 and you will be fine. But make sure you have all of your vehicle documents and that they are current.
Loc: Back in Eastern WA
|Posted: 3/5/2013 12:25:15 PM|
yeah, she's a minor, she doesn't need an ID. We are retired military and my DS is 15 and they have never asked to see his military issued ID (they issue them when dependents turn 10). In fact my DD is turning 12 this month and I still haven't had a chance to get her ID yet and I haven't had any issues with her. It doesn't hurt to have an ID for her but if you don't get one, I wouldn't sweat it. Some of those guards have power trips and that's why you had a problem that one time. Or they are ignorant of the requirements.
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 3/5/2013 12:52:28 PM|
If the letter states that a birth cert is adequate and the guard says no, I would take it up the chain. Produce the letter and the birth cert to his/her superior. I have a 16 year old and a 13 year old. They have never been asked for their IDs other than at an Army clinic, and both are tall and mature looking.
I'm surprised that you got hassled. Surely this base is used to a large influx of visitors on specific days? Was the alert level higher than usual?
Don't be afraid to ask for clarification. Above all, be polite. But if you have a letter on official letterhead, I would be asking questions.
Loc: Vacaville, CA
|Posted: 3/5/2013 1:56:06 PM|
She doesn't need ID. No one under 18 does. My son is fifteen and still doesn't have to show ID to get on base. He won't until he is driving himself to the base.
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|Posted: 3/6/2013 10:59:38 AM|
Actually it depends on the base. Our base requires ID for anyone 16 and older and they do ask how old they are. They do 100% ID checks here 24/7. Now the 2 bases in FL that we are closed to only ever want to see the driver's ID.
Also, your son will have to sponsor you to drive on base. He will have to go to pass and ID with you to get a temp pass.
Your 14 year old should be fine with just her school ID. My dd takes her friends on base to bowl all the time and the guards accept their HS Ids if they don't have a permit/DL yet.
Which FL base are you going to? You can always call to see what is required.
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|Posted: 3/6/2013 11:42:17 AM|
It has been awhile since I've had to go on base, but where we were stationed no one could get on without someone in the car having a military ID. I'm not sure if it is different on other bases or if times have changed (this was in the first few years after 9/11).
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|Posted: 3/6/2013 12:46:43 PM|
We always had to have our depends card to get on base.
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|Posted: 3/6/2013 1:33:08 PM|
On our base, anyone 16 or older would need a picture ID. Under that doesn't matter.
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|Posted: 3/6/2013 1:49:07 PM|
It depends on the base and what they're doing on that particular day. We are in Hampton Roads. We go to Langley Air Force Base, Portsmouth Naval Hospital and Norfolk Naval Base. At various times, we have been subject to 100% ID check, including our teenage son, at all three bases.
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|Posted: 3/6/2013 2:41:34 PM|
Your 14 year old should be fine, my son is 14 and I never have to show his ID when we go on base, but I would think your son would have to go to Pass and ID and get you a pass, for what it's worth this is for an Air Force Base.
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