24/7 - Mapes/175 Gate

Sunday   24/7
Monday   24/7
Tuesday   24/7
Wednesday   24/7
Thursday   24/7
Friday   24/7
Saturday   24/7

Notice: Access requests can be filed online and picked up at Rockenbach gate Mon - Fri. Passes can be picked up at Mapes/175 on the weekends. Those visiting Fort Meade without a CAC or an escort with a CAC or military ID will be directed to the Rockenbach Gate, Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Mapes/175 Gate, Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to receive a one-day visitor pass.

Mapes/32 Gate

Sunday   9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reece Road Gate

Sunday   Closed
Monday   Closed
Tuesday   Closed
Wednesday   Closed
Thursday   Closed
Friday   Closed
Saturday   Closed

Notice: Gate is Closed for Construction. Alternate access control points are the Rockenbach Road Gate or the Mapes and 175 Gate, which is OPEN 24/7.

Rockenbach Road Gate

Sunday   CLOSED
Monday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday   5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday   CLOSED

Visitor Control Center

Sunday   CLOSED
Monday   7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday   7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday   7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday   7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday   7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday   CLOSED

Notice: Beginning 1/1/2024 the VCC will no longer have extended hours on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.


*Rockenbach Road ACP is open Mon. - Fri. 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.             

*The Visitor Control Center located at 902 Reece Road will be OPEN to customers Mon-Fri: 07:00 AM - 04:00 PM.

Please note that access at Reece is limited to the VCC only, as the area beyond building 902 is under construction. After your visit, please exit the VCC and enter the post through one of the other gates.

Walk in services are available, anyone requiring VCC services should call 301-677-1064 or 301-677-1065 for assistance. The VCC is closed weekends and federal holidays.

*The Reece Road ACP is closed due to ongoing construction.

*The Mapes and HWY 175 ACP is open 24 hours.

* One-day visitors or deliveries can go directly to the Rockenbach gates visitor lane (far right lane) Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors and deliveries outside of these hours should go to the Mapes Road and Hwy 175 gate which is open 24/7

*The Mapes Road/Route 32 ACP is open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. On weekends and holidays, it is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., ID cardholders must use the Mapes Rd. and HWY 175 ACP.

*Llewellyn Avenue ACP is now closed.

*The bicycle gate at Pepper Road is open.

For the issuance of new access badges or to renew badges, submit Ft Meade Form 191 and supporting documents by email to one or all three of the following VCC staffers:

* Claire.paddy.civ@army.mil

* kevin.l.davenport14.civ@army.mil

* kristina.n.thornbury.civ@army.mil

* coby.a.turner.civ@army.mil

* david.r.garrett4.civ@army.mil


“Use of Digital Licenses are not authorized for use to enter Fort Meade”

Maryland Digital licenses and state ID’s on mobile Apple devices are currently not accepted for use to access Fort Meade.

Visitors, vendors and contractors needing access to Fort Meade will need to provide their most current physical copy of their Maryland driver’s license or state ID.

Maryland Digital licenses and state ID’s are also not accepted by federal, state or local law enforcement. Anyone driving a vehicle should have their most current physical copy of their Maryland driver’s license with them.

For information on how a Maryland digital license or sate ID can be used go to https://mva.maryland.gov/Pages/MDMobileID_Apple.aspx

“Marked State driver’s licenses and ID’s cannot be used to enter Fort Meade”

State driver’s licenses and ID’s cannot be marked with “Not for federal purposes”, “Federal limits apply” or any other similar verbiage. If a license/ID is marked another form of primary ID will be needed, such as a U.S. passport

DHS Real ID FAQ link: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/real-id-faqs

* For firearms registration:

“Carrying of privately-owned weapons, explosives, or ammunition on Fort Meade is prohibited”

All personnel assigned, attached, or present for duty at Fort Meade who reside in residential family quarters or BOQ are required to register their firearm. Personnel who do not live on the installation cannot bring on their firearm. (Note: Firearms will not be transported inside the registration building)

Military in the grade of E-6 and below must have a Commander’s or Director’s (or equivalent) signature on the Weapons Registration form. Authorized dependents will require a Commander's signature.

 Registration Options:

  • Automated - Digitally sign and send an e-mail with the completed FGGM Weapon registration Form to the following:

    • kevin.l.davenport14.civ@army.mil 
    • kristina.n.thornbury.civ@army.mil 
    • david.r.garrett4.civ@army.mil


  • Manually - Complete the FGGM Weapon Registration Form and hand-carry to the Visitor Control Center located at 4215 Roberts Ave. Fort Meade, MD. Hours of operation are Monday -Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed weekends and holidays.

Click here for the FGGM Weapon Registration Form Once registered by the Visitor Center, the owner will receive registration via return email. (Note: this is not a hunting permit)

Weapon Transportation

The carrying of a loaded firearm in a vehicle is prohibited.

Privately-owned firearms carried in a vehicle must have their magazine and ammunition separated from the firearm in different compartments (firearm in glove box with magazine and ammunition in the trunk.)

If pulled over by law enforcement or selected for a random antiterrorist measures at the gates the weapon must be declared and registration form shown.  

* For out-processing, call 301-677-1064.


Rockenbach Rd.



Llewelyn Ave.


Pepper Rd.

CLOSED to all public traffic. NSA construction vehicles ONLY.


Now open as the 24/7 ACP



Installation Access Requirements:

All privately-owned vehicles driven onto Fort Meade are required to be licensed, registered, inspected and insured according to state and local laws. Vehicles entering the post are subject to a 100 percent identification check and all vehicles are subject to inspection by Fort Meade Force Protection personnel.

To enter the installation, Department of Defense ID card holders are only required to show a Common Access Card (CAC), military identification card, or other approved access credential issued by the Fort Meade Visitor Center. Visitors who do not have a CAC, military ID or approved access credential must access the installation using the main gate at Reece Road and Maryland State Route 175. Reece Road is the only visitor access gate to Fort Meade; follow signs to the vehicle inspection station. All other gates are designated for Department of Defense identification card holders or other approved access credentials.

Those who are not DoD affiliated personnel must have a valid purpose for entering the installation. To avoid delays visitors should be accompanied by a DoD ID cardholder (generally a service member or federal employee). At a minimum, visitors should be prepared to present two forms of identification with one being a driver's license if operating a motor vehicle when entering the installation. Click here for a fillable form for individual access.

After getting a visitors pass, visitors should then proceed directly to the Vehicle Inspection Station when entering the installation. To get to the Vehicle Inspection Station, take the first right after entering at Reece Road, follow the road through the parking lot and to the adjoining perimeter road to the Vehicle Inspection Station. Visitors (non-DoD ID card holders) that attempt to enter any other gate will be redirected to Reece Road.

Contractors, Personal Service Providers, volunteers, and other individuals conducting legitimate business on the installation may receive an extended access credential and Vehicle Pass when properly sponsored by an authorized individual, organization or resident. Individuals requiring access in excess of 30 days, to include contractors or other service providers, must submit appropriate documents to the Visitor Center through their sponsoring organization or activity. Click here for a fillable PDF for group access.