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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Yokota residents who teach English will have to take a few extra steps to ensure their Japanese students can continue to have long-term access to the base.

In the past, a long-term paper pass and a form of photo identification allowed a student to enter the base without signing in at security.

Students now must be issued a plastic identification card to be used in the Defense Biometric Identification System, or DBIDS, said Tech. Sgt. Brent Paul, the noncommissioned officer in charge of pass and registration at Yokota.

DBIDS is a computer-based security and identification system that keeps a database of a person’s height, weight, eye color and fingerprints along with a color photograph. The information is tracked using the bar code on each ID card and helps guards ensure the person presenting the card is its rightful owner.

Yokota implemented DBIDS last fall.

The cards issued to students are the same format issued to Japanese national employees on base, Paul said.

Using DBIDS, security guards will have quick access to the dates and times that a guest has access to the base, he said.

Memo, appointment for photo required to get IDTo obtain the new card for their students, base residents will have to fill out a memorandum and schedule an appointment for a student to have a photo taken at Pass and Registration.

A copy of the template used for the memorandum is available online through a government computer at

For more information, call the Pass and Registration office at DSN 225-8932 or 8914.

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