The Directorate of Emergency Services Security Branch provides installation access control, force protection, resource protection and aids in police response 24 hours a day 365 days a year. They Manage the access control program for the installation processing visitors and issuing passes as needed. This is done by verifying the identify of personnel entering the installation IAW with Army Policies, Regulations and Directives. Additionally, they process commercial vehicles for access to the installation.  

Personnel can coordinate all types of visitor access at the Main Access Control point. This facility is opened 24hrs,7 days a week. You may find the required forms for requesting access here Visitor Requests there you will find the links to the appropriate forms located on the righthand side of the page. You may find more information here for Installation Access requirements as well. Once you have filled out the required Visitor Request form contact the Gaurd Captain at (978) 615-6849 for further guidance. 

Special events where many visitors are expected for a base function and require one-time access to the installation and other requirements can be coordinated through the Guard Captain (978) 615-6849 or the Station Commander at (978) 615-6848.

The Guard Captain can be reached in person at the Directorate of Emergency Services Building 681 or 47 Quebec Street by GPS.

Access Control Point (ACP) Hours:

•       Main Gate: 24 hours daily 7 days a week.

•       - All personnel without a valid DOD Identification cards (CAC, Retire and Dependent) and have not previously accessed USAG Devens RFTA will be required to stop at the Main Gate, show proper identification, be vetted for access and registered into our systems in order to create an access pass; prior to entry. Far right Lane(s) will be used for vetting personnel when normal access is under way. Personnel that have previously accessed USAG Devens RFTA will continue directly to the gate for access. All Non US Citizens without an approved CAC/PIC ID, will be escorted by a DoD ID Card holder and sponsored in writing with approval from the State Department before access can be given.

-       Located at the intersection of 10th Mountain Division Road and Quebec Street.

•       South Post ACP: Open 0700-1500, M-F, and holidays/weekends on a case by case basis. Individuals must show valid ID and report to Range Control before entering further. 

-    Located on Jackson Road, adjacent the west bound ramp to HWY 2. 


Commercial and Military Vehicles

All vehicles transporting Ammunition/ Explosive will use the South Post Access Control Point ACP) from 0700 – 1500 hours. After 1500 hours, coordination for overnight storage or delivery must be made with the USAG Devens RFTA Police. The passage of convoys of 50 vehicles or more, Ammunition/Explosives Cargo and oversized vehicles may be coordinated in advance through the Physical Security Section, Directorate of Emergency Services at (978) 615-6849. If access is required after operating hours, call the USAG Devens RFTA Police at (978) 615-6881/6774.


Vetting Criteria

Personnel that do not have a federal government form of identification will be vetted against the below criteria and granted or denied access to the installation and/or BARRED. Access Denial Waiver Letter of Instructions will be issued at the Main Gate or the Fort Detrick Police station for all personnel that meet the below criteria. Appeals may be submitted to the USAG Devens RFTA Police Department.

•       The NCIC-III contains criminal information about the individual that causes the senior commander to determine that the individual presents a potential threat to the good order, discipline, or health and safety on the installation. 

•       The installation is unable to verity the individual’s claimed identity based on the reasonable belief that the individual has submitted fraudulent information concerning his or her identity in the attempt to gain access. 

•       The individual has a current arrest warrant in NCIC, regardless of the offense or violation. 

•       The individual is currently barred from entry or access to a Federal installation or facility. 

•       The individual has been convicted of crimes encompassing sexual assault, armed robbery, rape, child molestation, production or possession of child pornography, trafficking in humans, drug possession with intent to sell or drug distribution. 

•       The individual has a U.S. conviction of espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism or murder. 

•       The individual is a registered sex offender. 

•       The individual has been convicted of a felony within the past 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation. 

•       The individual has been convicted of a felony firearms or explosives violation. 

•       The individual has engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. Government by force. 

•       The individual is identified in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) as known to be or suspected of being a terrorist or belonging to an organization with known links to terrorism or support of terrorist activity. When this capability becomes available to DoD, security personnel performing installation access control will strictly follow the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s published engagement protocols. 


Denied Access Personnel

If you have been denied access and/or BARRED you may contact the USAG Devens RFTA Police at (978) 615-6848 to verify installation access status. No PII information can be given over the phone or via email. You may also be required to validate your criminal history by providing a notarized copy of your criminal history in person.


REAL ID Act implementation and how it impacts U.S. military installation access

Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, are prohibited from recognizing driver’s licenses and identification cards that are deemed non-compliant according to the REAL ID Act.

UPDATE (20201001): Currently all states are compliant with the Real ID Act.  This means that all 50 states provide some form of federally approved State issued ID. The State issued license or ID will be marked in such a manner letting the holder know if the ID is for federal use or not. The ability to use a non-federal use State issued ID in conjunction with a second form of ID has been extended until October 01st 2021. The date in which all current issued ID’s will be required to meet the Real ID Act requirements.

Additional forms of identification that may be used in conjunction with a state driver’s license to request access to the installation are as follows: 

•       United States Passport or United States Passport Card

•       PIV-I Card (Personnel Identification Verification-Interoperable) issued by the Federal Government

•       US Military ID (All Members of the US Armed Forces, including retires and Dependent ID card Holders and Veterans

•       Veteran Health Identification Card Issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs

•       DHS "Trusted Traveler" Cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

•       Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)

•       U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card

•       Driver's License Issued by the US Department of State

•       Border Crossing Card

•       US Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship (Form-550)

•       Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)

•       Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa

•       US Refugee travel Document to other travel document of Evidence of Immigration Status issued by the DHS containing a Photograph (permit to Re-Enter form I-327 and Refugee Travel Document Form I-571)

•       Employment authorization document that contains a photograph issued by the DHS (Form I-766) -In case of Nonimmigrant Alien Authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a Foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I94A bearing same name as passport and containing an endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not expired and proposed employment is not in conflict with restrictions or limitations identified on the form.

•       Identification Card Issued By Federal, State, or Local Government Agencies Provided It Contains a Photograph and Biographic Information such as Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Height, Eye Color, And Address.

•       U.S. Military or draft record (Certified copy of DD Form 214)

•       Native American Tribal Document

•       Foreign Government Issued Passport with Current Arrival-Departure Records (INS Form 94) Bearing Names as the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of an Aliens nonimmigrant status, it that Status authorizes the Alien to work for the employer

•       Select University, Library, or School Cards Containing a photograph, name and expiration date

•       Birth Certificate or Document with a person's full name and address

•       Utility Bill or Other Documentation showing a person's name and address

•       Vehicle Registration with name and address

Visitors requesting installation access who do not have a REAL ID Act-compliant form of identification and cannot provide supplemental identify-proofing documents must be escorted at all times while on a military installation by a DOD ID card holder.

For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act, please visit Those with questions about REAL ID should visit Those who are still uncertain whether they have the proper identification to enter USAG Devens RFTA should call (978) 615-6881/6774

Individuals who possess a valid Department of Defense-issued ID card will not be affected in their ability to enter military installations.


(NOTE: The Real ID Act was enacted by Congress as a result of a 9/11 Commission recommendation that all state issued ID cards meet certain security and issuance standards. Implementation of the REAL ID Act requirements as it pertains to U.S. military installation access began in January 2016).