All visitors should plan to enter Fort McNair via the main gate located at the intersection of 2nd and Q Streets, SW. Even if you have visited in the past, it is recommended that you allow at least 30 minutes to process through the security checkpoints at the main gate and the Abrham Lincoln Hall entrance.
Visitors with identification issued by the Departments of Defense or State may proceed directly to the security checkpoint at the main gate. Qualifying forms of ID include:
Note: If you are a foreign military officer local to Washington, DC in possession of a US Government issued CAC, please bring the memorandum that accompanied the issuance of your identification so it may be registered by installation security. If Fort McNair is not listed on the memorandum, you may need to obtain a 24-hour base access pass from the Visitor Center (passport/visa required).
Visitors without identification issued by the Departments of Defense or State should request a 24-hour base access pass at the Visitor Center just inside the main gate. US citizens may present a driver’s license. If you are not a US citizen, you will be required to present either your passport or an alien identification card. To expedite this process, you may submit your visitor access paperwork ahead of time at https://pass.aie.army.mil/jbmhh.
Please note that all vehicles are subject to inspection. Drivers with expired licenses or registrations will be denied access to the base. All passengers in a vehicle must have qualifying identification or a base access pass.
Visitors with a National Defense University badge can proceed through the turnstiles and take the stairs or elevator to our offices on the 3rd floor.
Expected Visitors. If you are planning a visit to the Perry Center, please contact us via phone or e-mail ahead of time so we can make arrangements with building security. When you arrive, present your photo identification to the security officer at the entrance and they will allow you to pass through the turnstiles. At this point, you may proceed unescorted to our offices on the 3rd floor. When you leave, you will need to be escorted through the turnstiles by a member of the Perry Center staff.
Unexpected Visitors. Building security officers will need to contact a member of the Perry Center faculty or staff to escort you through the turnstiles. When you leave, you will need to be escorted through the turnstiles by a member of the Perry Center staff.
Note: Identification used at the main gate (Military ID, State Department ID, Diplomatic ID, etc.) will not grant you automatic access into Abraham Lincoln Hall.