Presidio of Monterey and the Real ID Act

Those seeking access to the Presidio, to include contractors, sub-contractors and visitors will need a Real ID compliant state issued driver's license or ID card OR an acceptable alternate form of identification (see list at bottom of post). This directive is conjunctive to all installation access procedures already in place.

For FAQ's about Real ID visit:

The California DMV will provide a federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card as an option to customers beginning in October 2018. For more info on this visit:

People without a California State Enhanced Driver’s License or ID must provide one of the following forms of ID to access the installation:

  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Permanent resident card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-551)
  • Foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 with printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa
  • Foreign passport with a current arrival-departure record or foreign passport with INS Form I-94/I-94A bearing the same names as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, if that status authorizes the alien to work for an employer
  • Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (INS Form I-776)
  • Driver license or identification card issued by a State or outlying U.S. possession that is Real ID compliant.
  • An approved POM Form 7: Installation Access Application
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card or Transportation Worker ID Card issued by DHS
  • Native American tribal document
  • U.S. Government issued, authenticated Federal PIV credentials
  • For anyone under 18, a school ID card that contains a photo


Procedures for visiting DLIFLC and Presidio of Monterey

Access to the Presidio of Monterey is restricted to those with proper Department of Defense credentials or identification or visits that have been arranged with prior coordination (this includes visits by media organizations). Potential visitors should contact the appropriate office at the earliest opportunity; e.g., official foreign visits require a 45-day lead time.

Each request to visit DLIFLC will be considered on its particular merits, provided it does not interfere with the accomplishment of the DLIFLC mission, does not disrupt classes or DLIFLC functions, and does not jeopardize security. Visitors are not allowed in academic areas without prior approval from the Office of the Commandant.

For further information or questions regarding access please contact our Visitors Center at 831-242-4222.
POM Form 7 Installation Access Application (U.S. Citizens): Will take 10 business days for processing.
POM Form 7-1 Installation Access Application (Non U.S. Citizens): Will take 20 Business days for processing.  
Each POM Form 7 and/or 7-1 must be completed by the visitor's sponsoring Service Member, Retiree, Dependent or non blue-stripe CAC holder.

POM Form 7: Installation Access Application (U.S. Citizens)
POM Form 7-1: Installation Access Application (Non U.S. Citizens)

Email completed forms to:

Official Visits:
Official visitors to the school should contact the Protocol Office at 831-242-5302.

Media Visits:
All media requesting to visit DLIFLC/Presidio should contact the Public Affairs Office at 831-242-5555.

DLI Alumni Members:
Alumni should contact the president of the DLI Alumni Association in advance:

General Public:
Personnel staffing does not allow tours for the public; however,

  • Language Day is typically held on the second Friday in May each year. Go to for more information on Language Day.
  • The Presidio of Monterey Museum is on land accessible to the public (the City of Monterey leases the land from the Army). CLICK HERE for directions, hours and offerings.


On-post Army Lodging

The on-post Army lodging is now operated by IHG Army Hotels.

What are IHG Army Hotels?
IHG Army Hotels are on-post hotels that offer the same comforts, amenities and services as off-post hotels, but they’re located inside the gates of Army posts across the U.S.

Who can stay at IHG Army Hotels?
Anyone who can gain access to a U.S. Army post can stay at an IHG Army Hotels location. While we mainly cater to military personnel and their families, we also regularly serve official guests of the U.S. Army as well as civilians.

How do I make a reservation to stay at one of the IHG Army Hotels?
To book a stay at any of our hotels on Army posts across the U.S., please call 1-877-711-TEAM or visit

Who can I contact if I have a question?
To reach an IHG Army Hotels representative, please call 770-604-8350.


Air Travel

Several flights arrive at the Monterey Peninsula Airport each day. Limousine and taxi service is available from the airport to the Presidio. If you arrive by air, report to the limousine service desk for transportation to DLI. Be sure to keep receipts for ground transportation to DLI for reimbursement later.

Mineta San Jose International Airport is next in proximity to Monterey. Find out more about it here:

Information on the San Francisco International Airport may be found here:

USO Bay Area operates centers at San Francisco Airport, San Jose Airport, and a new center at Travis Air Force Base. Visit their Facebook page.

Oakland International airport is in the East Bay. More information can be found here:


Driving from the North

Use Highway 101 South to the Monterey Peninsula exit near Prunedale (Highway 156 West). This five-mile road leads to Highway 1 South.

At the mouth of the Monterey Bay, Highway 1 South travels on the outskirts of Marina and Seaside, as well as the former Fort Ord, now called the Ord Military Community (OMC).

Continue along Highway 1 South until just south of the Seaside city limits; then take the Del Monte exit. Follow Del Monte until you approach the Fisherman’s Wharf intersection.

At this point there are two choices to get to the installation:

  • Move to the left lane at the Fisherman’s Wharf intersection. Follow straight ahead, passing the Portola Plaza Hotel of Monterey (on your right). At Pacific Street turn left. Go one block, turn right and go up Franklin Street. At the crest of the hill you’ll be entering the Presidio of Monterey at the Franklin Street Gate.
  • Move to the right lane at the Fisherman’s Wharf intersection and follow the signs to Cannery Row. Go through the tunnel and then get into the right lane. Veer right onto Foam Street. Take the first left turn. Then take an immediate left again onto Lighthouse Avenue (because you can’t make a left from Lighthouse onto Pvt. Bolio road). Turn right onto Pvt. Bolio Road. It will take you onto the Presidio via Pvt. Bolio Road.


Driving from the South

Use Highway 101 to Salinas. Follow Highway 68 signs to Monterey Peninsula/Highway 1 to the Pacific Grove City/17-Mile Drive turnoff (Highway 68). Turn right. Follow Highway 68 to Prescott Avenue. Turn right on Prescott Avenue.

At the first traffic light, turn right on Taylor Street. Within one block’s distance you’ll enter the Presidio through the Taylor Street Gate.


Changes to MST Busing on POM

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will discontinue on-post bus service indefinitely on PoM February 8.

The Logistics Readiness Center will shift “White Bus” schedules to accommodate transportation during peak hours only. There will be no buses running during off-peak hours, which includes early morning PT and weekend services. Wait time between buses during peak hours is expected to be less than 10 minutes.

White buses will operate Mon-Fri:
• 0600-0800
• 1045-1300
• 1445-1700