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Transition to the Defense Biometrics Identification System (DBIDS)

On September 1, 2018, MCB Hawaii will transition to a new government-owned access control system called Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS). DBIDS is a DoD identity authentication and force protection tool that is fully operational in military locations around the world. Utilizing a combination of biometric and smartcard-based cryptographic authentication, DBIDS prevents unauthorized access attempts while also identifying personnel with law enforcement alerts. DBIDS is replacing RAPIDGate and MCB Hawaii Contractor credentials for contractors/vendors/service providers and other non-DoD affiliated personnel requiring unescorted installation access. There is no cost for a DBIDS credential.

Personnel with a Common Access Card or a variation of the Uniformed Services Identification Card are automatically enrolled in DBIDS after their first ID scan by the gate sentry upon entering MCB Hawaii, Camp H. M. Smith, or Pu’uloa Rifle Range Complex.

Effective 01 September 2018, until further notice, PMO will conduct 100% identification checks of all personnel entering MCB Hawaii, Camp H. M. Smith, and Pu’uloa Rifle Range Complex. Personnel will present their CAC or Uniformed Services Identification Card to the gate sentry for DBIDS enrollment. Expect a 3-6 second delay per ID card scan for enrollment. Passengers are requested to have their ID card available before approaching the gate.

More information is available via the links on the right side of this page.


















Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense will authorize all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online.

*Primary caregivers do not have and will not be granted sponsorship privileges.

On your first visit to MCB Hawaii, visit the Visitors Center, building 1637, MCB Hawaii, or the Pass and Registration Office, Camp Smith, and present your Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). The VHIC must identify your eligibility status as Service-Connected, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Former POW, or a combination thereof. Veterans not in possession of a VHIC are also authorized to present a VA Health Eligibility Center (HEC) Form H623A and a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card.

Provide a second form of government identification that verifies your social security number (Social Security Card, Taxpayer Identification Number, or Certificate of Naturalization).The clerk will register your VHIC card in the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) and ask you to provide required biographical information. This process can take 5 – 10 minutes and when completed, you are successfully registered for Base access.

Please present your VHIC to the gate sentry each time you visit the Base, where it will be scanned to verify your Base access eligibility. For additional MCBH access information, please view or download this brochure.

All privately owned firearms and other weapons transported aboard the installation must comply with Base Order 5532, Chapter 5, and be registered with the Provost Marshal’s Office.

For additional information, visit:

To view and download the Expanded Access at Commissaries, Exchanges and Recreation Facilities - Fact Sheet, visit:!/detail/780

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