Gate Information


Fort Leavenworth Gate & Visitor Center Hours & Locations 

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Drivers with Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID cards or Locally Approved Credential / Temporary Pass (see below) may use Grant or Hancock Gates. Questions? Call our Customer Service helpline at (913) 684-3600.




Visitors to Fort Leavenworth’s post-wide Yard Sale (Aug. 29, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.) without a DoD-approved ID card do not have to report to the Visitor Control Center (VCC).
Hancock Gate will be open to the public from 6 a.m.–noon.
Guests may also enter at Grant Gate from 5:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the far-right lane.  After 3 p.m., all visitors to Fort Leavenworth without DOD ID must report to the VCC.
Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. All passengers 16 and older need a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, state ID card).
Motorists are subject to random vehicle inspections at the gates.
Note: For early-bird shoppers without a DoD-approved ID, the VCC closes at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.



Visitor Control Center (VCC) Information

The VCC is open:
5:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
6:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday - Sunday
Closed Federal Holidays

Grant gate will no longer issue temporary visitor passes after the VCC is closed. All visitors who have a need to get on post after the VCC is closed, must have a LAC / Pass (see below) or must be escorted.
View the "Access Control Quick Reference Guide".


Visitor and commercial vehicles:

If you do not have an ID card listed on the Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID cards website, you must stop by the VCC at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 4th Street. Follow directional signs to the center’s parking lot.

At the VCC, reception clerks will verify that the vehicle driver has a valid license, registration and proof of insurance and that all passengers have either a driver’s license or other form of government photo ID. Following a routine background check, visitors will receive a Temporary Pass and instructions allowing them to enter the installation.

Don’t be intimidated by our access procedures. Fort Leavenworth encourages visitors to our historic post and you are welcome here. These security measures are to keep all of us safe.



How do I get a Locally Approved Credential (LAC) or Temporary Pass?

Individuals eligible to receive a LAC are:
• Non-DoD civilians who are employed on Fort Leavenworth
• Those who have a regular / recurring requirement to access Post
• Personnel residing on Fort Leavenworth not issued a DOD ID


LAC ID card:
Print and compete the LAC & Pass Application Form and sign the Acknowledgement Statement. Provide the application to your appointed Government sponsor for them to complete. Turn the application into the VCC for processing. LAC applications are processed in 3 to 5 days.

Once approved, the applicant will go to the Vehicle Registration Office in the VCC to receive their LAC picture ID card.


Temporary Pass up to 30 days:
Print and complete the LAC & Pass Application Form. Provide to your sponsor for them to complete. Turn in the application to the VCC for processing. Temporary passes may be issued at time of turn in.

View the "Access Control Quick Reference Guide".

Temporary Pass up to seven days:
Print and compete the LAC & Pass Application Form and turn in to the VCC for processing. No Government sponsorship is needed. Temporary passes may be issued at time of turn in. 


Pre-vetted Pass:
Pre-vetted Passes may be issued up to seven days before the visit or event.  Example, for an event on 20 May, a day pass can be
issued on 14 May to be used on 20 May. Pre-vetted passes give personnel the opportunity to visit the VCC during “off peak” customer times. Help us and your event be a success by planning ahead.


Foreign Nationals:
Contact the Combined Arms Center G2 Office at 684-0029 / 0035 for questions concerning access by foreign nationals.



Special Event Access Control Measures:

IAW AR 190-13, the Senior Commander has the authority to waive NCIC-III screening when it is impractical to do so. The Garrison Commander through the Director of Emergency Services (DES) manages all Special Event requests and access. The DES will develop compensatory security measures whenever the screening requirements of AR 190-13 cannot be met. The two categories of Special Events are Installation and Hosted events.


Installation Events:
Large functions (i.e. 4th of July and Post Yard Sale, etc.) where persons not possessing a valid DoD access credential are directed to a specific gate(s) and security measures are conducted prior to entrance onto the post. The Garrison Commander determines which events are Installation Events and approves the level of screening / compensatory security measures for the event.


Hosted Events:
Small functions on the Installation (i.e. weddings, proms, promotion ceremonies, retirements, etc.) where a significant portion of the guests may be persons not possessing a valid DoD ID card. The on-post event sponsor may submit the proper Special Event Request Forms (below) to the DES for review.

Hosted Event Request Form
Hosted Event Pre-Screening Request Form
Hosted Event Attendees Info (spreadsheet) Form


The request should be submitted 30 days prior, but not less than 14 days prior to the event.

DES is located at 410 McPherson Avenue.
You can contact DES Operations during duty hours (0800-1600) at (913) 684-3543 / 3520.
Upon approval, the DES will develop and implement compensatory security measures for the event.

All information provided to DES will be used to conduct a background check to determine fitness of character.

Questions? Call our Customer Service helpline at (913) 684-3600.



Other Important Information: 

    • All U.S. military personnel who operate a motorcycle and/or scooter are required to present a valid Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) card and their CAC card to Gate Security Officers prior to entering the installation.  Personnel who fail to present a valid MSF or CAC card will be denied access to the installation.
      View the Safety Office page for details.

    • Unregistered weapons will NOT be allowed to enter the installation. Newly assigned personnel have 72 hours to register weapons at the Vehicle & Weapon Registration office in the VCC.

    • Check the Event Calendar for Monthly Gate Barrier Maintenance.

    • The Vehicle & Weapon Registration office is now located in the VCC.

    • Questions? Call our Customer Service helpline at (913) 684-3600.



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