ORNL Access Requirements

ORNL Access Requirements

Visitors who do not have compliant identification will not be allowed access to ORNL or its facilities.

In compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005, state-issued driver's licenses that are not REAL ID compliant are not accepted as proof of identity at federal facilities including ORNL.

Several states and one US territory have driver's licenses that are not REAL ID compliant: Minnesota and American Samoa. Minnesota and New York have an "enhanced driver's license" that is accepted. [List updated 10/16/2015]

Users and other visitors with a driver's license from these states will need an approved alternate form of identification to enter ORNL. Some other approved forms of identification include a U.S. passport or U.S. military ID. Visitors from other DOE sites can use their HSPD12 badges, which are accepted. However, site badges that are not HSPD12 badges are not verified forms of ID.

ORNL requires one of the following for identification:

  • A compliant state driver’s license
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License (Minnesota and New York)
  • A Passport
  • A military ID

For more information on REAL ID or acceptable forms of identification, please see http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief and/or http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/acceptable-ids