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2023 - Retired Civilian Base Access Following Cancellation of Special ID
In February 2023, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness cancelled Department of Defense (DoD) civilian retiree identification card. As a result, federal civilian retirees wanting to access a Navy installation will be required to apply for a Defense Biometric Identifications Systems (DBIDS) ID card.
Applying for a DBIDS ID card can be done at the nearest Navy Visitor Control Center. DBIDS credentials will be issued to eligible personnel with “MWR Facility Privileges” on the back in the “Remarks” box, and be assigned to the “Facility Use” (yellow) category during enrollment. The limited use of MWR facilities by DoD civilian retirees will remain at the discretion of the installation commander.
Questions and Answers:
Q. How do I get onto a Navy base after my DoD Civilian Retiree ID becomes inactive?
A. You can apply for a Defense Biometric Identifications Systems (DBIDS) ID access card through the Navy installations Visitor Control Center (VCC). Eligible personnel must visit the VCC in person and bring proper identification as well as an SF-50 indicating retirement from civilian government service.
For the background portion, you are encouraged to either complete the SECNAV Form 5512/1 and bring to the VCC or pre-register your information online at https://dbids-global-enroll.dmdc.mil/preenrollui/#!/ and bring the accompanying QR code to the VCC in order to streamline wait times at the Navy installation’s VCC.
Q. Once I have my DBIDS access card, will I still have to go through the visitor center for each visit?
A. No, you will be able to present your DBIDS access card to the gate guard to get onto base and use permitted MWR facilities.
Q. Will I need to renew my DBIDS registration in the future or do I only need to get this card once?
A. DBIDS credentials can be authorized up to three years, subject to local policy.
Q. Will one DBIDS access card grant me access to all US Navy bases?
A. An individual is required to have their DBIDS credential provisioned at each installation that they intend to access. By saying this, the individual must go to the VCC prior to entering an installation for the first time. The background check portion of enrollment will have been completed at the first installation, so all that they need to do is establish identity and purpose for entering each subsequent installation. Subject to the installation commanding officer’s discretion or policy, the VCC may now add access to that installation to the credential.
Q. If I do not have a DoD retiree ID card, how can I utilize MWR facilities?
A. DBIDS credentials will be issued to eligible personnel with "MWR Facility Privileges" on the back in the "Remarks" box, and be assigned to the "Facility Use" (Yellow) category during enrollment. The limited use of MWR facilities by DoD civilian retirees will remain at the discretion of the installation commander.