Fort Lee conducts ID checks of all adults (18 years and older) entering the post. Anyone coming to Fort Lee for the FIRST TIME without a federal identification card, or with an expired access pass, MUST be processed through the Visitor Control Center (VCC). A valid government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) is required 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. The VCC is open 7 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

To facilitate the gate access process, individuals are asked to have their identification ready to present to security personnel when arriving at the gate. Please note that access through Temple Ave gate is limited to official personnel working on or visiting the Ordnance Campus.

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Visitor Access

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.

Acceptable Identity Documents

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)

About the NCIC Background Check

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).

Access Denial Waiver

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


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

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

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