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Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB)



Describes requirements for obtaining access onto Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in Albuquerque, NM, through the Department of Defense (DoD) administered DBIDS. Questions concerning any other aspects of access onto KAFB not addressed here must be directed to KAFB authorities (see "DBIDS Contacts" in the main text).


DBIDS is administered exclusively by the Department of Defense (DoD) and is subject to change at any time without advance notice.

Sandia attempts to remain engaged with Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) authorities to alert Members of the Workforce as soon as possible regarding any procedural modifications.

Recent Updates

Effective immediately, a single new form is required by KAFB authorities to request a DBIDS Long-Term Pass. The two forms previously required will not be accepted after Wednesday, August 15, and requestors who use the older forms prior to that date will be issued passes that are valid for no more than 3 months (see ‘Long-term request’ subsection under ‘DBIDS Authorization Process’ for more details).

Effective immediately, KAFB authorities require a sponsor to appear in person when requesting a DBIDS pass for any Member of the Workforce or visitor (cleared or uncleared) who is issued an SNL Local Site Specific Only (LSSO) badge, including temporary LSSO badges due to lost, stolen, or damaged credentials. The SNL/NM Badge Office may no longer act as the sponsor in these cases.

A nationwide update to DBIDS has temporarily affected DBIDS sponsoring. HSPD-12 credentials and valid DBIDS passes are still accepted at KAFB. However, registration of updated credentials issued on or after March 16, 2018, is not currently possible, thereby preventing credential-holders' authorization to sponsor others. Credentials registered within the last three years, but prior to March 16, 2018, are not affected. The Department of Defense (DoD) is working to resolve this issue.

Note: New credentials are not affected by this issue.

What is DBIDS?

DBIDs is a DoD-administered method by which unescorted access to Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) may be authorized for persons who do not possess a federal ID that would otherwise be acceptable for such access.

FYI: Acceptable forms of federal ID include DoD Common Access Cards [CACs], military IDs, and DOE PIV/HSPD-12 credentials/badges, all of which can be DBIDS-encoded. SNL Local Site-Specific Only (LSSO) badges cannot be DBIDS-encoded.
Ultimately, DBIDS provides a means of ID for use at KAFB entry points, regardless of the means of access (e.g., driving, biking, walking).

All persons who require unescorted access onto KAFB and are not otherwise in possession of a federal ID acceptable for such access must be DBIDS authorized. Consequently, DBIDS does not apply to individuals under escort. Cleared SNL Members of the Workforce are granted escort authority provided they possess DOE PIV/HSPD-12 credentials/badges registered in DBIDS, or a separate DBIDS pass so annotated. For details about escorting on KAFB, contact a DBIDS office (see "DBIDS Contacts" below).


  • Exception: Children under 18 do not require DBIDS pass UNLESS they are driving a vehicle, in which case a DBIDS pass is required.
    -Passes will not be issued for convenience.
    -Access to Sandia-controlled premises and SNL-specific escorting requirements are entirely separate matters that have no connection with DBIDS.
    -In addition, prior coordination with Sandia's Foreign Interactions Office (4225) or NW International Programs and Strategy Integration Department (2127) is required before allowing any access to Sandia-controlled premises by an uncleared or cleared foreign national (FN), respectively.

DBIDS Contacts

For all DBIDS-related matters, to include inquiries on any topics not specifically addressed in this article, contact one of the following DBIDS offices:

  • Innovation Parkway Office Center (IPOC), 1611 Innovation Parkway, Albuquerque, NM, Room 2161; Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm; 505-845-7227.

Note: For SNL, the IPOC location is preferred for conducting all DBIDS inquires and transactions; i.e., due to the staff's familiarity with SNL-specific operations and agreements.

  • KAFB Consolidated Support Building, KAFB, Bldg. 20245/2nd St. at Frost Ave.; Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; 505-846-6429
  • KAFB Truman Gate Visitors Center, KAFB; 6:00 am - 2:00 pm; 505-846-2676
  • KAFB Gibson Gate, KAFB; 24/7;  505-846-7240

DBIDS Authorization Process

DBIDS authorization begins with a specific request requiring a "sponsor." Sponsors must ensure they are communicating with the individuals they are sponsoring for necessary details and instructions.
For all cleared and uncleared SNL Members of the Workforce and visitors—It is the responsibility of the individual's SNL sponsor, host, or manager/designee to perform this sponsorship role. Concurrent with escort authority noted above, cleared SNL Members of the Workforce may act as DBIDS sponsors provided they are in possession of a DOE  PIV/HSPD-12 credential registered in DBIDS or a separate DBIDS pass reflecting escort authority.

At the time of sponsorship, the requested duration of unescorted access determines the type of DBIDS authorization to be considered: short-term or long-term. Short-term examples include brief visits, job interviews, drug testing, etc. Long-term examples include regular Members of the Workforce, new hires, extended visits, etc. Standard DBIDS authorization requirements are as follows:

Short-term request (e.g., brief visits, job interviews, drug testing)—For access of 30 days or less. A sponsor must appear in person at any DBIDS office to submit a KAFB Short Term Visitor Pass Pre-Notification Form. A short-term pass will be accepted/processed upon request but no later than three business days prior to the visitor’s arrival. If a visitor has received three or more short-term passes totaling 30 days or more within a 90-day period, a long-term pass will be required.


  • Upon approval, a short-term pass may be issued at the time of application. Otherwise, the sponsor will be notified and it is his or her responsibility to inform the applicant it is available for pick-up.
  • A short-term pass must be picked-up at the same DBIDS office that accepted the KAFB Short- Term Visitor Pass Pre-Notification Form
  • The form requires a wet signature (i.e., digital signatures are not accepted)

Long-term request (e.g., regular Members of the Workforce, new hires, extended visits)—For access up to one year. A sponsor must appear in person at the IPOC or KAFB Consolidated Support Facility DBIDS offices (i.e., not the Truman Gate Visitors Center) to submit a single KAFB Long Term Request Form.


  • As specified on this form, if extended access beyond the hours 5:30 am - 6:30 pm, M-F (i.e., after normal business hours and/or weekends) is required, the sponsor must also complete the ‘Special Purpose Justification’ section. For contractors/consultants, the special justification must include the contract clause that allows for extended access. For Sandia employees (i.e., NTESS), the form must be signed by authorized SNL Badge Office personnel in addition to the sponsor.
  • Long-term requests must be submitted no less than 10 business days (but no more than 30 business days) in advance. In the interim, a short-term pass may be authorized at the time of application. The sponsor will be notified when the long- term pass is approved and it is the sponsor’s responsibility to inform the applicant it is available for pick-up.
  • Approved long-term passes may be picked-up at any DBIDS office.
  • The form requires a wet signature (i.e., digital signatures are not accepted)
  • If arrival/start dates change, re-submission of the form may be required
The DBIDS pass

Approved DBIDS authorizations are reflected in a physical pass, issued as a paper document or plastic card. In general, short-term passes will be issued in paper form. All uncleared recipients will also be issued a paper pass regardless of its duration. Long-term passes for cleared individuals may be issued as a plastic card. These details are subject to change by DoD at any time. Contact a DBIDS office for further information (see "DBIDS contacts" above).


To receive a pass, the recipient must visit a DBIDS office and produce the following:

  1. Photo identification compliant with the REAL ID Act.

    - See the List of Acceptable Forms of Identification.
    - ID documents must be in original form (not copies), unaltered, unexpired, and valid (not cancelled or suspended).

  2. Valid driver’s license
  3. Current vehicle registration
  4. Proof of vehicle insurance or rental agreement/receipt

DBIDS Registration of PIV credential

Individuals in possession of a DOE PIV/HSPD-12 credential will not be issued a separate DBIDS pass, but must register the credential in DBIDS. For cleared individuals, registration permits both escort and DBIDS sponsorship authority.

DBIDS registration must be renewed every 3 years and it is the holder’s responsibility to do so. Ideally, initial DBIDS registration for SNL Members of the Workforce should occur at the time the credential is issued/replaced and at the time the credential’s public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate(s) expires. Notification of PKI expiration is provided to the badge-holder in advance; however, DBIDS expiration is not. Unregistered/DBIDS-expired credentials risk being rejected at entry points.

Persons previously issued a DBIDS pass who subsequently received a credential must turn in their DBIDS passes at a DBIDS office or SNL Badge Office, as duplicate DBIDS passes are not permitted.


Users should have their pass (or credential) out of any holder and available for inspection well in advance of approaching a KAFB entry point.

DBIDS Pass Expiration

All DBIDS physical passes display an expiration date; it is the responsibility of the recipient to be aware of that date. If renewal is necessary, the same process as described above in "DBIDS Authorization Process" must be followed.


Unexpired passes that are no longer required must be returned to a DBIDS office or SNL Badge Office. Expired passes should be destroyed (e.g., shredded).

Base Access List (BAL)Option

Access for groups of 10 or more visitors during an event on a specific date may be obtained via a BAL. Visitors authorized on a BAL are allowed unescorted access upon presentation of a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. A BAL request must be made in writing and in person by the group’s sponsor and only at the KAFB Consolidated Support Facility DBIDS office. The request must be submitted no later than 3 business days prior to the event. Contact the KAFB Consolidated Support Facility DBIDS office for specific instructions (see “DBIDS contacts” above).