REAL ID Act
Fort Leavenworth is in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005.
This means visitors with drivers licenses from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and American Samoa will need to provide supplemental documentation to prove identity (see link below) in order to be issued a temporary installation pass.
View "Supplemental documentation to prove identity".
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.
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, please go to:
View graphic above as a PDF.
Drivers with Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID cards or Locally Approved Credential / Temporary Pass (see below) may use Grant, Sherman or Hancock Gates. Questions? Call our Customer Service helpline at (913) 684-3600.
Visitor Control Center (VCC) Information
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.
The VCC is OPEN 6:30 am - 4:30 pm everyday and most Federal Holidays.
The VCC is CLOSED on the following Federal Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.
Grant gate will NOT 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".
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 and are sponsored by an approved Army employee
• Personnel residing on Fort Leavenworth not issued a DOD ID
LAC ID card:
Print and compete the LAC 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.
Once approved, the applicant will go to the VCC to receive their LAC picture ID card.
Temporary Pass up to 30 days:
Individuals sponsored by a Uniformed Service Member or their spouse may receive up to a 30 day pass. The sponsor is required to accompany the visitor to the VCC at the time the pass is issued. No prior paperwork is required.
Temporary Pass up to seven days:
Individuals who successfully pass the require background check are eligible for up to a 7 day pass (depending on the purpose and duration of the visit). No prior paperwork is required.
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.
Contact the Garrison Security Office at 684-1752 / 1712 for questions concerning access by foreign nationals.
Submitting Personally Identifiable Information (PII):
The Visitor Control Center requires certain PII in order to conduct security background checks. Generally, this information is obtained when you come to the VCC. On occasion, pre-vetting is necessary for special events or other exceptions. Do not send PII (Name, SS#, Date of Birth, etc) through unsecured means such as email, text, etc. If you desire to submit documents with PII electronically, you must use the Army's approved Safe Access File Exchange (SAFE) website:
Instructions are available on the website or you can View / Print this VCC Help document.
RapidGate is a voluntary program to allow businesses the option of receiving up to a 12 month ID for use at Fort Leavenworth. The program is recognized and approved by the U.S. Army.
Companies that service Fort Leavenworth may initiate enrollment in the RAPIDGate® Program by calling 1.877.RAPIDGate (1.877.727.4342). If you have questions regarding the RAPIDGate Program at Fort Leavenworth, please contact RAPIDGate Customer Support at 1.877.RAPIDGate (1.877.727.4342). If you have any questions regarding Fort Leavenworth access control changes, please contact the Fort Leavenworth Visitor Control Center at (913) 684-3600.
We strongly encourage you to review the program benefits that the RAPIDGate Program offers. It will assist us with streamlining access for your employees; improving the ability of our access control personnel and maintaining higher levels of security and efficiency.
View the RapidGate Info paper.
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.
Description: Large events (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.
Individuals/organizations hosting events on Fort Leavenworth, contact the DES operations office during duty hours (0800-1600) Monday - Friday at (913) 684-3543 / 3520.
Questions? Call our Customer Service helpline at (913) 684-3600 or email:
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 Weapon Registration office in the VCC.
Check the Event Calendar for Monthly Gate Barrier Maintenance.
Questions? Call our Customer Service helpline at (913) 684-3600.
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