Installation Access

TRUSTED TRAVELER

The Trusted Traveler program allows eligible personnel to vouch for other passengers in their vehicle to enter post. Details are available in the Trusted Traveler Guide.

Fort Lee conducts ID checks of all adults (18 years and older) entering the post, with the exception of those vouched for under the Trusted Traveler program.

Anyone coming to Fort Lee for the FIRST TIME without a federal identification card, or with an expired access pass, MUST go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) with a valid government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) to receive an initial background check. Those already entered into the system with a valid access pass, or possessing a Common Access Card (CAC), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or a federal government-issued PIV, may enter post as normal.

FIRST TIME visitors or those with an expired pass MUST register at the VCC, which is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays. No passes will be approved after normal operational hours. FIRST TIME visitors may expedite this process by submitting a pre-approval request using either DES Form 190-3 (individual request) or DES Form 190-2 (group request). The pre-approval is encouraged for those personnel outside of the state / local area. All pre-approval requests submitted will be processed within three business days (holidays and weekends excluded). Submit pre-approval requests to usarmy.lee.imcom.list.des-access-control-forms-submissions@army.mil.

The VCC will contact the sponsor to validate the visitor's request and the sponsor's responsibility for their guests prior to the guest being authorized access to the installation. All adults are required to possess a valid photo ID. All juveniles without valid ID must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Drivers must be able to present upon request:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Proof of current insurance

For more information, please select an option below:

By requesting access to a government installation or facility, you are agreeing to a background check through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index – a Federal Bureau of Investigation database that provides criminal histories from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Individuals subject to background screening must have one of the accepted forms of identification in their possession. The process is accomplished with a bar-code scan. If more than one individual, age 18 and older, is arriving in the same vehicle, all passengers must present their identification for the scan.

All juveniles without valid ID must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Anyone planning a visit to Fort Lee who will likely be denied access due to any of the derogatory reasons listed under the About the NCIC Background Check tab, can request a waiver prior to their arrival. Instructions for this process can be found under the Access Denial Waiver tab. Please submit any Access Denial Waiver no later than 14 business days prior to arrival.

The following forms of identification are acceptable to enter the post without a NCIC background check:

  1. DoD Common Access Card (CAC)
  2. DD Form 2A (ACT) (Active Duty Military Identification Card)
  3. DD Form 2 (ACT/RES) (Armed Forces of the United States-Geneva Conventions Identification Card (Active and Reserve)
  4. DD Form 2 (RET) (United States Uniformed Identification Card (Retired))
  5. DD Form 2S (ACT/RES) (Armed Forces of the United States-Geneva Conventions Identification Card (Active and Reserve))
  6. DD Form 2S (RET/RES RET) (United States Uniformed Identification Card (Retired and Reserve Retired))
  7. United States Government issued authenticated Federal PIV credentials.
  8. DD 1173, United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (persons over the age of 18)

Per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 and Army Regulation 190-13, all individuals desiring unescorted access to Fort Lee, must be vetted through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

The Installation Commander will, in the absence of an approved waiver, deny unescorted access to the installation based on the results of the NCIC check that contains credible derogatory information indicating the individual may present a threat to good order, discipline, or health and safety on the installation.

All persons ages 18 and older must present a valid picture identification card to access gate security personnel upon arrival. Personnel under the age of 18 will not have a NCIC check conducted.

Such derogatory information includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. The NCIC contains criminal arrest information about the individual that causes the Installation Commander to determine that individual presents a potential threat to the good order, discipline, or health and safety on the installation.
  2. The installation is unable to verify 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.
  3. The individual has a current arrest warrant in NCIC, regardless of the offense or violation.
  4. The individual is currently barred from entry or access to a federal installation of facility.
  5. 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 the intent to sell or drug distribution.
  6. The individual has a US conviction for espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism or murder.
  7. The individual is a registered sex offender.
  8. The individual has a felony conviction within the past 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation.
  9. The individual has been convicted of a felony firearms or explosives violation.
  10. The individual has engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. Government by force.
  11. 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.

In cases where an uncleared contractor, subcontractor or visitor is denied access based on derogatory information obtained from an NCIC check, personnel at the Access Control Point or Visitor Control Center will issue the denied individual instructions on how and where to submit a waiver request (DES Form 190-4 Waiver Application).

Individuals denied access based on derogatory information obtained from a background check, may apply for a waiver. You will be eligible to access the installation if the waiver is granted.

To request a waiver file a DES Form 190-4 Waiver Application

DES FORM 190-4, along with attached pages, must be notarized.

Send completed package by mail to:

Department of the Army
Dukes Welcome Center
ATTN: Director of Emergency Services
500 Lee Ave
Fort Lee VA, 23801

- OR - 

Hand deliver completed package in a sealed envelope addressed as above to the Visitor Control Center.

NOTE: If you are unable to download a form, you can request one be sent to you via e-mail.

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Gate Hours

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GATE HOURS OF OPERATION
Sisisky Boulevard
Main Gate
ALWAYS OPEN
Lee Avenue
Visitor Control Center (VCC)
GATE
Weekdays: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Weekends: CLOSED

VCC
Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Weekends: CLOSED
Mahone Avenue Weekdays: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
A Avenue
Weekday hours apply on federal holidays if local schools are open. Gate CLOSED during months between school years.
Weekdays: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Weekends: CLOSED
Shop Road
Commercial traffic must use Sisisky Gate when Shop Road Gate is closed.
Weekdays: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Weekends: CLOSED
Jackson Circle ALWAYS OPEN to staff, residents and authorized guests
Temple Avenue
Access limited to official personnel working on Ordnance Campus.
Weekdays: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Weekends: CLOSED
Weekend hours apply to federal holidays, unless otherwise noted.
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Directions & Transportation

I-95 Southbound from Arlington

  1. Proceed south on I-95 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 84A (left exit) toward Rocky Mount, N.C.
  2. Continue on I-295 S onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes

I-95 Northbound from Rocky Mount, N.C.

  1. Proceed north on I-95 merging onto I-295 N via exit number 46 toward Washington.
  2. Continue on I-295 N merge onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

I-64 Eastbound from Charlottesville

  1. Proceed east on I-64 merging onto 1-295 S via exit number 177 toward Washington/Norfolk.
  2. Proceed on I-295 south merge onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour, 51 minutes

I-64 Westbound from Virginia Beach

  1. Proceed west on I-64 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 200 toward Rocky Mount, N.C.
  2. Merge onto I-295 S using the left side exit toward Bottoms Bridge.
  3. Proceed on I-295 south exiting onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  4. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Other installation access points that can be used include the Lee, Mahone and Adams Avenue gates, or the Shop Road gate for Commercial Traffic. Their hours are listed below.

If you're flying into this area, it's likely you will land at Richmond International Airport (RIC) – the primary commercial airport closest to Fort Lee.

Located seven miles southeast of Richmond's central business district, RIC is 40 minutes from the post, within an hour drive of Williamsburg, and a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia Beach.

Eight air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe.

A United Service Organizations Center is available in the terminal for active duty and retired military personnel, National Guard, Reservists, Merchant Marines and their dependents. The USO Center at RIC is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Military ID is required for entry. To learn more about the USO Center at RIC, call (804) 236-7234 or visit www.usocentralva.org.

To/From Richmond International Airport

For Advanced Individual Training Soldiers – including Army Reservists, National Guardsmen and Initial Ready Reserve Soldiers – the following companies will provide transportation between Richmond International Airport and the post at no individual cost when provided with a complete copy of the service member's signed military orders to Fort Lee (applies only to initial arrival and final departure in accordance with orders):

  • James River Transportation: (804) 249-1052

The companies are also authorized to convey other passengers to/from Fort Lee at their normal rates.

Taxi Service

The taxi company listed below is authorized to operate on Fort Lee, providing transportation on/around post and in surrounding communities. Other taxi companies may deliver and pick up customers on Fort Lee by request, but may not solicit fares on post.

  • Richmond City Taxi: (804) 245-2648

Regional and national rail service is provided by AMTRAK. The AMTRAK station is located at 3516 South Street, Petersburg, VA 23803, and the ticket office hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

Regional bus service is provided by Greyhound Trailways. The local terminal is located at 108 East Washington Street, Petersburg.

  • Toll-free: 1-800-872-7245
  • Local: (804) 732-2905

The Petersburg Area Transit operates on Fort Lee providing services to and from the installation to Petersburg with connections to the surrounding communities. Pick-up location is outside the PXtra on Mahone Ave.

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Visitor Control Center

Visitor Control Center

The Visitor Control Center is adjacent to the Lee Gate along Route 36. The staff can help visitors find a destination on post and answer general questions about installation services and events. The Visitor Center hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

500 Lee Avenue, Bldg. 5228 (Dukes Building)
Fort Lee, VA 23801
804-734-5053

Regional Climate

The seasonal weather changes in the Tri-Cities area are usually mild. In January, the coldest month, temperatures range from an average high of 50 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 29 degrees. In July, the warmest month, the average high is 91 degrees with occasional lows near 70 degrees. Severe weather threats for this area include tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, nor'easters and snow storms. New arrivals should check current weather conditions while en-route to this area and use the Fort Lee Status Hotline (804-765-2679) to verify the operational status of the installation if severe weather conditions exist.

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