Base Access Policies
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island, South Carolina

Real ID Compliance

In accordance with MARADMIN 108/23, non-REAL-ID compliant driver’s licenses or identification cards are no longer authorized for use to access Marine Corps installations. Effective immediately, all visitors with non-REAL-ID driver’s license and state issued identification cards requesting access to MCRD Parris Island must provide an approved identity source document or combination thereof to access the installation. 


Contractors must complete all forms of the SECNAV 5512. All other guests/visitors requiring DBIDS must complete 1-23, 28 & 29 of the SECNAV 5512


  • DBIDS is a Department of Defense owned and operated system developed by Defense Manpower Data Center as a force protection program to manage personnel identity and access at DoD installations.

  • DBIDS is a networked database system designed to easily verify access authorization of personnel entering military installations by using barcode and fingerprint biometric identification.

  • Once you are enrolled in DBIDS, you are continuously vetted to ensure you continue to meet the requirements to enter a military installation. 



To view the criteria for disqualification for base access, view our FAQ's.

For families traveling to MCRD Parris Island for Family Day or Graduation Day activities, please travel with valid forms of identification.

The Provost Marshal Office performs background checks for individuals requesting base access and must verify one of the following before granting anyone base access:

- An individual has a REAL-ID compliant driver's license/identification card.

- An individual has an appropriate combination or alternate documents for identity proofing purposes.

Non-REAL IDs typically contain markings like "Not Valid for Federal Purposes," "Not For Use as Federal Identification," or "Federal Limits May Apply." For those who possess a non-REAL ID, a combination of other identifications are required.

Visitors to MCRD Parris Island will provide one REAL ID or two other original forms of valid identification, for the purpose of identity proofing to receive base access. One form of ID must be from the list below. The second form can be from the list below or can be the individual's social security card or birth certificate.

- DoD Common Access Card

- DoD USID Card

- REAL ID compliant or enhanced driver's license or non-driver's identification card

- U.S. Passport or U.S. passport card

- Foreign passport bearing an unexpired immigrant or non-immigrant visa or entry stamp

- Foreign passport with a current arrival-departure record, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 bearing the same name as the passport, and containing an endorsement of the alien's non-immigrant status indicating that status authorizes the alien to work for the employer.

- Veteran's Health Identification Card (VHIC)

- Non-Federal PIV-interoperable (PIV-I) card

- Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)

Department of Defense issued identification cards (Common Access Cards and Teslin Cards such as military retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) do not require any action.



In the upper right corner, REAL ID compliant credentials display a star

1. Pre-enroll in DBIDS at the following link: ​!/

2. Print off the DBIDS registration confirmation​

3. Complete and print out SECNAV 5512 form. 

4.Bring your REAL ID, completed SECAV 5512 form, DBIDS registration confirmation, and the name of your government sponsor to the Provost Marshal's Office.​












1. Pre-enroll in DBIDS at the following link: ​!/

2. Print off the DBIDS registration confirmation​

3. Complete and print out SECNAV 5512 form.

4. Ensure you bring at least two of the following documents:​

  • United States Passport

  • Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)​

  • Foreign Passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa​

  • An employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)​

  • Current/Valid Driver’s License (cannot say “Federal Limits Apply” or “Not for Federal use”)

  • Identification card issued by Federal, State or local Government Agencies​

  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Legacy Cards​

  • U.S. Coast Guard New Merchant Mariner Credential​​

  • Approved Department of Defense (DoD) Privilege Card Holder​

5. Bring your DBIDS registration confirmation, completed SECNAV 5512, and two forms of ID to the Provost Marshal's Office.​

1. Pre-enroll in DBIDS at the following link: DBIDS Pre-Enrollment (

2. Print off the DBIDS registration confirmation​.

3. Go to the Provost Marshal's Office with your DBIDS registration confirmation and your Federal PIV card. Your purpose for access will be verified at the Provost Marshal's Office. Federal PIV cards will only be enrolled if there is a valid purpose for access (i.e. work on base). 

1. Pre-enroll in DBIDS at the following link: ​DBIDS Pre-Enrollment (

2. Print off the DBIDS registration confirmation​

3. Complete and print out SECNAV 5512 form

4. Go to the Provost Marshal's Office with the DBIDS registration confirmation, completed SECNAV 5512 Form, and your Veteran’s Health ID Card. Your purpose for access will be verified at the Provost Marshal's Office. Your Veteran’s Health ID card may be assimilated, and base access privileges may be loaded onto your card upon completion of a favorable background check.

May be used for instillation access after the following steps.

1. Card must say "service connected" (Purple Heart Recipient, Medal of Honor Recipient, Former POW)

2. VHIC card holders are not authorized to sponsor anyone aboard the instillation. 

3. VHIC card holders may bring their caregiver. However, the caregiver must show up to date proof from the VA that they are the individual's caregiver. The caregiver will need to come into the VCC to obtain a Dbids card which will expire on the day their current caregiver letter does.  

4. VHIC card holders are not authorized for work purposes. 

5. VETID.CARDS or VET.DESIGNATIONS on DLS are NOT accepted for entry. 

Commercial vehicles are defined as vehicles that are larger than a cargo van/pickup truck as depicted below:


Commercial vehicles are required to be processed at the Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVI) Lot prior to being granted access to the installation.  When the CVI Lot is closed, commercial vehicles will be processed at the gate.

All vehicle occupants must have an access credential.

Contact your contracting officer's representative or point of contact+ for instillation access.

Drivers must be registered in DBIDS or have another approved access token (CAC/Teslin).

Drivers without DBIDS or other access token will not be allowed to access the installation.  The passenger/fare will have to be dropped off at the gate.  Food deliveries or other packages can NOT be dropped off at the gate or with PMO personnel.

Drivers may NOT access as trusted travelers (escorted by their fare).

DBIDS passes will be electronically limited to 90 days.  Upon showing proof (at the Provost Marshal's Office) that the driver is still employed by the taxi, ride share, or food delivery company, the pass will be extended for 90 additional days.

The Provost Marshal's Office will print on driver DBIDS cards “For Ride-Share/Food Delivery Access Only.”  Gate personnel shall require Ride-Share/Food Delivery drivers to show cellphone APP that indicates fare or delivery on MCRD Parris Island.

  • ALL foreign national visitors to the Depot require sponsorship from permanent personnel sponsor.

  • Sponsors shall submit SECNAV form 5512/1 for all requested foreign national visitors no later than three weeks in advance to PMO Access Control

  • Graduating Marines shall serve as the sponsor for their foreign national visitors attending graduation activities or lodging aboard the Depot.

  • Undocumented foreign visitors are prohibited from access to the Depot.

MCCS- Contact MCCS or Chapel and coordinate with the security managers office.

Command Special Event Coordinator should email the security manager office 14 days in advance.

1. Anyone over the age of 16 who has been granted unescorted access onto the instillation. 

2. Authorized individuals (CAC/TESLIN card holders) who have been granted unescorted access can vouch for no more than 5 co-travelers (allows access for guests without going to Provost Marshal's Office or registering in DBIDS).
3. The trusted traveler designee is responsible for the actions of all co-travelers while they are on-base.
4. The trusted traveler designee must have sufficient knowledge of the co-travelers to legitimately vouch for their identity, fitness, and purpose.  
5. The trusted traveler (designee) designation is only authorized for persons granted continued unescorted access who have been identity proofed, received a favorable fitness determination, have a valid purpose for access, and possess an approved DoD or federal privilege card. 
6. Persons in possession of a DBIDS credential or pass are NOT authorized trusted traveler privileges.
7. Foreign Nationals and foreign visitors are NOT authorized to sponsor or escort others. 
8. Lyft, Uber and other taxi/ride share drivers cannot access the Base as trusted travelers.
9. When the Provost Marshal's Office is closed, trusted travelers are authorized to escort co-travelers in a separate vehicle (limit one additional vehicle per trusted traveler).  The trusted traveler is responsible for all co-travelers and must maintain continuous sight of the other vehicle. 

Q - Does everyone in a vehicle need to be registered in DBIDS?
A - All individuals 18 years and older that require access to the installation will need to register.
Q - What happens if I don't pre-enroll?
A - Pre-enrollment helps to expedite the processing time. There may be additional delays if the pre-enrollment is not completed in advance.
Q - If I have a DBIDS card at another base, do I need to register again for Provost Marshal's Office?
A - Yes, go directly to the Provost Marshal's Office with your DBIDS card and MCRD Parris Island permissions can be loaded on your existing DBIDS card.
Q - What is a REAL ID?  In the upper right-hand corner, REAL ID compliant credentials display a star
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Q - What if I want to host a special event aboard the base?  (retirement, promotion, conference, funeral, wedding, MCCS club event, etc.)
A - The event sponsors/tenant commands are responsible for ensuring attendees are aware of base access policies/registration requirements. The primary access procedure for special events is for all unaffiliated attendees to go to the Provost Marshal's Office and be processed for a pass at the Provost Marshal's Office to attend the event. Passes can be obtained at the Provost Marshal's Office in advance of the event (up to 30 days). When requested in advance, special access procedures may be authorized for large events and events occurring at times when the Provost Marshal's Office is closed and advanced registration is NOT possible. The event sponsor must submit a special event waiver request to the Commanding Officer, Security Manager, at least 30 days prior to event.
Q - What are the disqualification criteria for base access?
A - The following is the criteria for disqualification for base access. 

(1)  The Provost Marshal's Office personnel are unable to verify the individual’s claimed identity based on reasonable belief the person submitted fraudulent identity information in the attempt to gain access.
(2) The individual has a conviction for espionage, sabotage, sedition, treason, terrorism, armed robbery, or murder.
(3) The individual has a felony conviction for a firearms or explosives violation, regardless of the date of conviction.
(4) The individual has been convicted of crimes encompassing sexual assault or rape.
(5) The individual has been convicted of crime encompassing child molestation, or the possession or production of child pornography.
(6) The individual has been convicted of trafficking in persons.
(7) The individual is a registered sex offender.
(8) The individual has been convicted of drug possession with intent to sell or distribute.
(9) The individual has an active arrest warrant from federal, state, local, or other civil LE authorities, regardless of offense or violation.
(10) The individual has a felony conviction within the last 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation.
(11) The individual’s name appears on any federal or state agency watch list for criminal behavior or terrorist activity.
(12) The individual is debarred entry or access to a Marine Corps site, other DoD installations or facilities, or other federal site or facility.
(13) The individual engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. Government by force.
(14) The individual is known to be or reasonably suspected of being a terrorist or belongs to an organization with known terrorism links/support.
(15) The individual is known to be, or suspected of being, a terrorist or belonging to an organization with known links to terrorism or support of terrorist activity.
(16) The individual is on parole or probation. 
(17) The individual has criminal arrest information that the site commander determines the person presents a threat to the good order, discipline, or health and safety on the Marine Corps site.
(18) The individual has been convicted of 3 or more misdemeanors in the last 10 years.

Members of the media are welcome on the base after coordinating with the MCRD Parris Island Communications Strategy and Operations (COMMSTRAT) or an authorized tenant command sponsor and completion of the base access procedures.

MCRD Parris Island COMMSTRAT shall be informed for situational awareness when any member of the media requests access to the base (to include media visiting tenant commands).  COMMSTRAT's contact number is (843)-228-4294.  If approved by COMMSTRAT, media that has completed all base access requirements may be authorized unescorted access.

Additional information regarding REAL-ID is available via Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island