The Physical Security Division safeguards U.S. Government property, facilities and personnel against loss, theft, damage, espionage or any other activities which threaten life, property and continuation of military operations.
The Garrison Physical Security Section falls under the Directorate of Emergency Services. The Physical Security Section works to ensure critical assets on Fort Belvoir are protected and safeguarded according to Army regulation.
Physical Security oversees access control to the installation, including visitor and special event waivers, and the Integrated Commercial Intrusion Detection System (ICIDS IV). All alarm inquiries should be submitted to the Physical Security office.
ACCESS CONTROL Individuals with a common access card (CAC), military ID, military family member ID, Gold Star/Survivor Access ID, or other valid Department of Defense (DoD) credential, are permitted access to Fort Belvoir.
All U.S. visitors, contractors and vendors, 18 years and older, who do not have a DoD identification card will be subject to a background check before being allowed access to the installation. This is to ensure Fort Belvoir is in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which requires 100 percent of visitors be vetted prior to entering the installation. As of October 2020, all visitors must present a REAL ID Act-compliant identification to initiate the background check.
For more information and forms, see VISITOR ACCESS
To receive a Visitor Access, please complete one of the two application forms listed below; Sponsored or Unsponsored.
This will minimize your wait time when in the Visitor Center.
Visitors who decide to complete an application on arrival will expect longer wait times, between 5-15 minutes.
There are two types of passes: Unsponsored and Sponsored:
Unsponsored passes are for 90 days and can be renewed. This pass is valid through Tulley or Lieber Gate.
Sponsored passes are valid up to one year and can be renewed. This pass is valid through all gates except Farrar Gate. To receive a sponsored pass, you must be sponsored by someone that works or lives on Fort Belvoir. Sponsors working on the installation must be DoD Civilian or Active Duty U.S. Military. Sponsors living on the installation must be Active Duty Military or Dependent 18 years of age or older. All contractors, to include CAC card with the green strip, cannot be a sponsor.
The application must be completed fully and legible. Forms that are illegible or not fully completed cannot be processed. Please note, the applicant's Social Security Number (SSN) is required. Visitors who use their state-issued driver's license or state-issued identification card information on their application can apply for the expedited service. All others will process through the Visitor Center on arrival.
Complete the following application form that applies to you and email it to the Visitor Control Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, the applicant’s name on the Unsponsored/Sponsored form MUST match what's on their identification.
Click here for the UNSPONSORED PASS FORM
Click here for the SPONSORED PASS FORM
What if I do not want to email it? The applicant can hand-carry in the completed application or they can complete an application in-office on arrival. Hand-carrying in the completed form will save the applicant a couple of minutes when processing for their pass.
Once your completed form is emailed and received by the Visitor Center, you will receive an automatic email reply stating your pass will be ready for pick up in 72 business hours. A confirmation email informing you that the pass is ready will not be provided. To pick up the pass the applicant will need to go inside the Visitor Center and present their ID. A secondary ID may be required. Please click on the Real ID Act, which explains if a secondary ID is needed. If you do not have a secondary ID, you will not receive a pass. If you arrive after-hours you will not be able to pick up your Expedited Pass. You can still access the installation by driving through the commercial canopy at Tulley Gate. (please note, only the applicant can pick up their own pass)
Physical Security Inspectors provide a range of services including writing & approving physical security plans, physical security inspections, risk assessments, lighting surveys, security reviews of building plans, installation perimeter checks & inspections, ICIDS IV alarm testing, oversight of the post-wide ICIDS IV program, monitoring and maintenance of garrison CCTV assets, and giving regulation-backed advice/guidance on physical security issues & problems.
Department of Army (DA) Security Guards provide courteous and complete protection to the Soldiers, families and civilians through professionalism, dedication and unwavering vigilance. They are responsible to exercise and apply established rules, regulations and legal authorities to access control and egress, and detect trespassing violations in order to protect life and property and prevent theft, sabotage, fire, terrorism and accidental or willful damage and destruction to Fort Belvoir.
For questions regarding DA Security Guards or wanting to apply for DA Security Guard position, please contact the Chief Guard via email.
SeCure hold and safe haven
Fort Belvoir is a Department of Defense (DoD) Installation designated to provide protective services related to Secure Hold and Safe Haven for Transportation Service Providers (TSP) transporting DoD Shipments of Arms, Ammunition & Explosives (AA&E) as well as classified information, and Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI).
Carriers/transporters seeking accommodation under Secure Hold and Safe Haven procedures are to report to the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Area at Tulley Gate Access Control Point (ACP) for processing with the on-duty Department of the Army Security Guard Supervisor and the access control personnel staffing that ACP. This location is continuously staffed.
For more information, please call the Physical Security Office at 571-515-2008 during business hours (Mon. - Fri., 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and the Fort Belvoir Police non-emergency number at 703-806-4277 after hours.
Weapon RegistrationAll personnel (including, but not limited to active duty, retired, National Guard and Reserve military and their family members; Department of Defense employees and their family members; and civilians who are not affiliated with Fort Belvoir) who desire to maintain, frequently use, or transport a privately owned weapon on this installation will register the weapon(s) at Tully Gate Visitor Control Center within seven days if the weapon is to be stored on post or if the owner intends to use the installation hunting areas or ranges.
Registration of the weapon does not replace or relieve individuals of their responsibility to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws regarding possession, purchase, sale, transfer and transport of weapons.
Weapons to be registered are NOT to be brought to the Visitor Control Center. Only bring the Weapons Registration Form and bill of sale (or other documentation) indicating the make, model and serial number is necessary.
Privately owned weapons in vehicles will be placed unloaded in a holster case or scabbard and placed in the vehicle's trunk or luggage or glove compartment or place in plain view if the vehicle is not equipped with these storage areas. Ammunition will be transported separately from the weapon(s) in a location where both the privately owned weapon(s) and ammunition are not within reach of the driver and/or passengers. Motorcyclists may transport unloaded weapons in a holster.