Major US naval bases in Guam and Hawaii have been told they must implement a new biometric ID security for access control.
The bases will now use the Defense Biometric Identification System, or DBIDS, for contractors and vendors requiring access, rather than the Navy Commercial Access Control System, or NCACS.
Dated Wednesday, an advisory by Navy Installations Command in Washington, D.C., ordered commanders to immediately begin transitioning to DBIDS in a process expected to take six months to complete.
It added that by July 15, badge and decal offices in the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam must screen the backgrounds of all contractors and their employees routinely making unescorted trips to Navy bases for criminal convictions, active warrants and other disqualifying misconduct.
The Navy will issue to qualified vendors a DBIDs paper pass good for 90 days. By Oct. 12, these cards will be replaced by DBIDS cards.