Home of I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the home of I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound Region, JBLM is the Department of Defense's premiere military installation on the West Coast and one of the most requested duty stations in the military.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has approximately 40,000 service members (including active duty, national guard and reserve) and another 15,000 civilian employees. The installation supports a population of roughly 120,000, including military families, contractors, retirees and others.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord encompasses 413,714 acres, 90,283 acres at JBLM and 323,431 acres at Yakima Training Center. Both installations are key to service member readiness, allowing troops to maneuver in more than 50 training areas, fire at more than 90 ranges or shoot artillery, mortars and other munitions into multiple impact areas.

Visitor Information
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a controlled access installation. Vehicles with an adult, authorized Department of Defense ID cardholder (18 or older) with an ID card listed on the DOD-issued ID cards website may enter JBLM through any open gate. Vehicles without an adult, authorized DOD ID cardholder (18 or older) present must report to the Visitor Control Center adjacent to either the JBLM Main Liberty Gate (I-5 exit 120) or McChord Field Main Gate (I-5 exit 125) to receive a temporary pass. To do this, you must have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and have an adult, authorized DOD sponsor (18 or older) willing to sponsor your base access. Sponsors must be available by phone to complete the pass issuance process.

Commercial vehicles visiting the installation should enter through the JBLM Main Logistic Center Gate (I-5 exit 123), or JBLM North Integrity Gate off of DuPont-Steilacoom Road.  When these gates are closed, commercial vehicles process at the Madigan Gate (I-5 exit 122).

Don't be intimidated by the access procedures. These security measures are intended to keep all of JBLM safe.

Click here for directions to JBLM.

The Lewis Main, Lewis North Visitor Control Center | 253-967-4794/966-8139
The Lewis Main, Lewis North Visitor Control Center is located on exit 120 off of Interstate 5 near Liberty Gate and is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Visitor passes will be issued to all non-Department of Defense persons with a valid reason for entering the installation. A visitor pass can be issued for up to 90 days for all non-DOD personnel. A security-vetting process will be completed on each non-DOD individual prior to receiving a visitor pass. This includes all non-DOD passengers riding in a non-DOD person’s vehicle. In addition to providing passes for non-affiliated visitors to JBLM, the Visitor Control Center also conducts Automated Installation Entry registration, weapons registration and vehicle registration. During the hours that the VCC is closed, visitors should proceed to Liberty Gate for processing.

McChord Field Visitor Control Center | (253) 982-2588
The McChord Field Visitor Control Center is located on exit 125 off of I-5 near McChord Field Gate and is open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. In addition to providing passes for non-affiliated visitors to JBLM, the VCC also conducts Automated Installation Entry Registration, weapons registration and vehicle registration. During the hours that the VCC is closed, visitors should proceed to McChord Field Gate for processing.

Real ID Act of 2005
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. This means visitors presenting drivers licenses and identification cards stating “Not Valid For Federal Purposes" or "Federal Limits May Apply” will need to provide supplemental documentation to prove identity (see link below) in order to be issued a temporary installation pass.
Acceptable Real ID

If a visitor requesting access does not have REAL ID Act compliant form of identification and cannot provide supplemental identity proofing documents, they must be escorted at all times while on the installation. For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act, visit:

All persons requesting unescorted access will continue to be vetted through the National Crime Information Center, prior to being issued a locally produced ID or pass.

What is Automated Installation Entry (AIE)?
Joint Base Lewis-McChord upgraded to the Army’s Automated Installation Entry 3 (AIE3) at reinstalled AIE capable installation Access Control Points to enhance security and expedite access to base. AIE 3 leverages technology that will increase security for Soldiers, family members, DOD civilians, retirees, contract employees and guests by verifying identity of the individual(s) and ensuring they meet Army approved access standards against FBI criminal and terrorist authoritative databases. For more information on AIE 3 please click here.

What do you need to know about AIE 3?
The AIE 3 fielding upgrade will verify and display to the guard the driver’s access status. If all checks are successfully passed during the ID card scan, the lane traffic light will turn “green” and the gate arm will lift to allow access through the ACP. Card holders will drive up to an AIE 3 pedestal and scan their ID card at a scanner. Once their card is read, the individual’s credentials will be validated against federal and post records. Guards will be monitoring the information retrieved from the ID cards and once it is verified, entrance will be granted.