Visitor Access Requirements

  • Visitors can apply online for a pass from their computer or mobile device at Visit.gvt.us. Visitors will receive a background check, and after entering their information, including a driver’s license or passport number, they will be notified if their pass is approved or denied. If approved, they can proceed to a kiosk at Visitor Control Center 1 for issuance of their pass.
  • A sponsor is not required when applying for a pass online, but do require a valid purpose for visiting Fort Carson. This could include visiting Family or friends, food delivery, medical appointment or attending a ceremony.
Family Member or Friend (Non-DOD ID card holder) of a DOD ID card holder
  • Visitor must be initially accompanied to the Visitor Control Center by a DOD ID card holder acting as their sponsor. This sponsor must be assigned to a unit on Fort Carson, live on Fort Carson or otherwise have routine access.
  • If the Family member or friend requires recurring access (2-3 times per week) or a pass between 30 days and 1 year in duration, their sponsor must have a completed and digitally signed FC Form 2036-E, prior to the visitor going to the Visitor Control Center.
  • DOD ID card holders unable to digitally sign (e.g. retirees and Family members) documents may ink sign a typed form while present at the visitor center.
  • Visitor must have REAL ID-compliant identification (see Acceptable Forms of Visitor ID below).
  • Should the service member be deployed or TDY, any DOD ID card holder (e.g. spouse; sibling above the age of 18) can serve as a sponsor.

NOTE: In all cases a sponsor must be assigned to Fort Carson or resident of the local area.

Convenience Delivery Drivers

The garrison commander has authorized delivery drivers of convenience (rideshares and food delivery) to process and receive an extended installation access pass for up to 30 days. Passenger and food delivery drivers will have the opportunity to apply for and receive a 30-day access pass, for unescorted access. Prior to being issued this pass they must:

  1. Show proof of employment as a passenger service or delivery program; this proof can be electronic from a smartphone or other device.
  2. Undergo the required vetting process in accordance with reference 1.a. An applicant who fails the vetting process, may request a waiver of the denial in accordance with reference 1.a.
  3. Every time the driver enters the installation they must show proof of a fare along with their installation issued pass and, if requested, their driver's license. All other access control procedures remain in effect.
Hunting & Fishing
  • DOD ID card holders, VA card holders and non-DOD card holders are eligible to hunt on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). To hunt on post or PCMS, hunters must have a valid Fort Carson recreation permit, a valid Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt tag, have their firearms registered on post and have a valid downrange pass. They must also complete the annual recreation safety brief.
  • Information and registration information to hunt on post or PCMS is on the iSportsman website at https://fortcarson.isportsman.net. For information on obtaining the required Colorado state hunting licenses, visit http://cpw.state.co.us.
  • Non-DOD card holders must check in at the Visitor Control Center at Gate 1 with all hunting credentials before going downrange. They will undergo a criminal background check before getting access to the installation, and will be issued a Fort Carson installation pass after passing the check.
Family Care Provider (Non-DOD) of a DOD ID Card Holder
  • Must be initially accompanied to the Visitor Control Center by a DOD ID card holder acting as their sponsor. This sponsor must be assigned to a unit on Fort Carson, live on Fort Carson or otherwise have routine access.
  • Visitor must have REAL ID-compliant identification (see Acceptable Forms of Visitor ID below).
  • If the Family Care Provider requires recurring access (2-3 times per week) or a pass between 30 days and 1 year in duration, their sponsor must have completed and digitally signed FC Form 2036-E prior to taking their visitor to the Visitor Control Center. In lieu of the FC Form 2036-E, the visitor can present proof of Family Care Plan inclusion (i.e. signed DA 5305 or a Family Care Plan showing them as a guardian or escort).
Veteran’s Health Identification Card (VHIC) Holder
  • Visitor must have VHIC with a service-connected disability and be able to pass a background or criminal check. VHIC holders are authorized up to 3-year passes. Note: VHIC holder may not serve as a sponsor for long-term access.
Foreign National Access (Non-DOD)
  • Official foreign visitors (subject to the provisions of Army Regulation 380-10) may be given unescorted installation access with approval from the 4th Infantry Division Chief of Staff. Contact the Foreign Disclosure Officer at 719-526-5733 for more information.
  • Unofficial foreign visitors may qualify for unescorted access. These visitor must have a valid ID. They must also be initially accompanied to the Visitor Control Center by a DOD ID Card Holder acting as their sponsor. This sponsor must be assigned to a unit or living on Fort Carson.
Acceptable Forms of Visitor ID
  • Non-DOD United States government issued credentials.
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license. All state issued IDs must be in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security REAL ID Act. NOTE: State issued IDs which are not REAL ID compliant are not valid for unescorted installation access. Non-REAL ID Act Ids usually bare one of the following phrases: “Not Valid for Federal Identification;” “Federal Limits Apply;” or “Not REAL ID.”
  • Gold Star Family ID Card
  • Armed Forces Exchange Services Privilege Card
  • U.S. DOD/Uniformed Services Civilian Geneva Convention ID
  • Passports, to include a U.S. passport, a passport issued by U.S. territories with a valid entry stamp or a foreign passport with a valid visa or entry stamp.
Proof of Sponsorship

Effective Feb. 8, 2021, Fort Carson visitors require proof of sponsorship to obtain an installation access pass. A visitor is defined as an individual seeking access for personal benefit or social interaction. All sponsors must be assigned to a unit on Fort Carson, living on Fort Carson or otherwise have routine access.

Proof of sponsorship includes:

  • The presence of the DOD ID card holder (over the age of 18) supporting the visit.
  • FC Form 2036-E digitally signed by the sponsor.
  • Family Care Plan (DA 5305) signed by the service member and their commander, listing the visitor as a guardian or escort
  • A valid Veteran’s Health Identification Card
Vetting Process
  • All personnel requesting unescorted access to Fort Carson, and not in possession of a DOD ID card or installation pass, will undergo a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check. This check involves verifying the individual’s identity and checking their criminal history.

NOTE: Fort Carson does not conduct vetting of contractors/vendors for employment purposes. For more information or questions please contact the Visitor Control Center at 719-526-2332.

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