Whether visiting for work, friends or family, the 18th Security Forces Squadron Pass and Registration, located at the entrance of Kadena Gate 1, should be the first stop for those needing access to the base. Handling everything from Passes to restricted area badges, the Airmen working at the Pass and Registration want to be of service. To save time and unnecessary trips, this page is dedicated to outlining all the appropriate paperwork needed for different types of passes, badges and permits.
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SOFA Permit / Restricted Area Badge
Unescorted Base Pass (DBIDS Card)
A Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Permit stands as a contract of sorts between the Government of Japan and the United States allowing licensed military members, DoD civilians and their families to drive while stationed in Japan. For SOFA related inquiries, review the below links.
To obtain your SOFA Permit, complete the SOFA Drivers Test using Blank Answer Sheet and make an appointment with 18 SFS Pass and Registration located by Gate 1.
At your appointment time bring your completed answer sheet, copy of your orders (or letter of employment for civilians), current driver’s license and ID Card.
Appointment Link: https://waitwhile.com/welcome/18sfspassandreg
For questions on this course please email email@example.com.
For questions on SOFA Permit please call 634-3437
Link to USAF SOFA Driving Test
Link to SOFA Drivers Test Questions
Link to Answer Sheet
*USMC/US Army personnel must contact Marine Corps Base Safety/DSN: 645-3369 and US Navy Personnel need to contact CFAO/DSN: 634-8212 for their respective SOFA Permit issues.
Valid stateside driver’s license/certificate from Schilling Center (45-hour first time driver's course). MUST BE ON PERSON AT ALL TIMES WHEN DRIVING)
Orders/SURF for Military Members/Dependents
Letter of Employment for Civilians (We DO NOT use the date on your CAC)
Motorcycle endorsement letter (ORA from 18 WG/Safety) required if getting motorcycle permit
We will grade your test at the window.
For reissue, if your SOFA permit has been expired for over 30 days, you will be required to retake the Wing Safety test before we can reissue.
Expired stateside driver's license:
States with military clause/extension - provide documentation that your stateside license is automatically extended for military members serving overseas.
States with mail-in renewal - provide documentation that license renewal has been requested (mail receipt, temporary license, etc...).
States with no military clause - IAW KABI 31-218, Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision, the 18 MSG/DD may grant a waiver for a renewal of the USFJ Form 4EJ. Waivers may be granted if the individual’s driving record at the installation is in good standing, not subject to suspension or revocation, and the individual provides proof that they attempted to renew their license, and confirmed that service is not available while overseas.
To request a waiver for renewal, please complete the Expired Stateside License Waiver (linked below) and send to 18 SFS Pass & Registration (18SFS.S5B.Pass-Registration@us.af.mil). Ensure you attach a copy of you SOFA license, stateside driver's license, and orders (or documentation to validate DEROS).
Expired Stateside License Waiver
There are several types of Restricted Area Badges (RABs). Each badge is tied to an individual person and is required when entering certain areas within buildings, the flightline or munitions storage areas. For information and forms, check the below links and select the option best suited for you.
***DBIDS Cards will not be issued to personnel with base access credentials (i.e. Common Access Card, Dependent ID)***
Pass requests must be submitted electronically through our org box
Ensure when submitting the pass digitally, you consolidate all attachments into one PDF file except the Individual Information Sheet (Excel).
Your email should consist of one PDF file (required documents 1-3 below) and one EXCEL file (document 4 below). Only one base pass request per email.
DBIDS Card Application for Contractor
DBIDS Card Application for MLC/IHA
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