Welcome to Fort Drum, New York

Home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)


Fort Drum is the home of the 10th Mountain Division (LI), located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between. The installation covers about 107,265 acres, or 168 square miles, stretching into two counties.


More than 15,000 military service members and about 3,700 civilian personnel (including contractors) work at Fort Drum, with about 15,000 Family Members living on post or in the local area. In addition, more than 3,000 military retirees reside within the local region.


Training Support
Fort Drum provides full-spectrum training and base operations support to all of the service branches, 11 states, and parts of Canada. Annually, Fort Drum offers training and base operations support to more than 26,500 Reserve and National Guard members as well as personnel from other federal, state, and local agencies.


Visitor Information

Each person who attempts to enter Fort Drum must present a valid DoD ID card. Individuals who are not in possession of a DoD ID card may follow the steps outlined below in order to access the installation.

Fort Drum Installation Policy Memorandum identifies the need to balance security measures with the need to achieve a viable community relationship with North Country partners wishing to visit the installation. Therefore, a new day access pass has been instituted. 

A day access pass is to be issued to visitors not remaining on Fort Drum overnight. The pass grants unescorted access between 7:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Visitors must submit to a voluntary National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) check to receive a day pass. Currently, these passes can only be obtained at the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan Gate until the Visitor Control Center opens, at which time that will be the only location where these passes can be obtained. These passes require visitors to exit the installation no later than 11 p.m.

All non-DoD ID card holders who require overnight privileges or recurring access must have a sponsor in order to enter Fort Drum.

Sponsors MUST:

  • Be in possession of a valid DoD ID card

  • Be 18 years of age or older and fall into one of the following categories: Soldiers, Family Members, retirees and their spouses, civilian employees or contractors who possess a DoD ID card.

  • Meet guests at Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan / Main Gate.

  • Be willing to accept responsibility for their sponsored guests while those guests are visiting the installation.

* Visitors who wish to bring their vehicle on post must present a valid driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

* Once a pass is obtained, pass holders may enter Fort Drum via any gate that is open.

* Any individual attempting to access Fort Drum without a DoD ID card or a Directorate of Emergency Services-approved pass will be redirected to Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan / Main Gate to be properly vetted, even those in uniform.


** DoD ID card holders:

You may pre-coordinate for the arrival of any visitors by applying for a pass in advance through the Access Control Office. Please follow the steps outlined below to download and submit an Application for Sponsorship (IMDR-ES Form 2). A request must be submitted a minimum of 72 hours in advance of a visitor’s arrival.

Trusted Traveler Program:

Sponsors (DoD ID card holders) may vouch for all non-DoD ID card holders present in their own vehicle except for foreign nationals. All persons in the vehicle, 18 or older, may be required to provide an official form of photo identification: driver’s license, government-issued ID, school ID card, passport, etc. Please note that contractors are NOT eligible to participate in the TTP, even those who possess a valid DoD ID card.

Foreign nationals:

Foreign nationals who are NOT on official orders must follow the above steps to obtain sponsorship and a pass. Additionally, individuals must be escorted by their sponsors at all times after entering Fort Drum until their departure.


Contractors who do not possess a DoD ID card or Local Access Badge will not be allowed on post without a sponsor. Please contact your supervisor for additional information. Personnel who require a Local Access Badge are asked to call (315) 772-8585 to make an appointment.

Special events:

Special procedures will be put in place and announced for communitywide special events such as Mountainfest.



The form can be printed, filled in, signed, and faxed to (315) 772-9173 or dropped off in person at Bldg. 10715, Mount Belvedere Boulevard (MP Station), 2nd Floor, Room 204 or Room 223.

It also can be filled in, signed electronically, and emailed to usarmy.drum.imcom.mbx.des-acp@mail.mil

Please allow up to 72 hours for processing. 

If there is an issue found during background checks, you will be notified telephonically. 

If there are no issues, passes will be prepared and can be picked up at the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan Gate.

Questions may be directed as follows:

  • Captain of the Guard at (315) 772-9959, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday;

  • Sergeant of the Guard at (315) 772-8392, 24 hours a day;

  • Access Control Desk at (315) 772-8585, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; or

  • Chief of Physical Security at (315) 772-3105, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Real ID Act update

No states are subject to REAL ID enforcement at this time or for the foreseeable future. DoD will accept standard state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards from all U.S. states and territories as proof of identity. DoD will not turn anyone away for having "a non-REAL ID-compliant driver's license."

NOTE: State-issued driver's licenses and identification cards marked "Not Valid for Federal Purposes," "Federal Limits May Apply," or other similar language may not be accepted by DoD.


(Updated April 10, 2019)

Gate Information

Hours of Operation:

The following gates are open 24/7:

  • Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan / Main Gate
  • Mount Belvedere Boulevard Gate
  • Gasoline Alley Gate
  • Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Gate

For a map of gate locations, click here.

For driving directions, click here.