The Fort Benning Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) is undergoing changes in the Visitor Center Operations.
The first change will affect the Visitor Center at the I-185 Access Control Point. This Visitor Center is currently undergoing renovations and requires the building to be completely closed down. We have established a temporary Visitor Center Trailer on the right hand side of the Access Control Point as you enter the installation. Please follow the road side marquees to the Visitor center parking. The Visitor Center renovation is expected to be a 6-9 month project with an estimated completion date of March 2017. Please keep in mind that this date could be moved based on construction schedules and technical issues that may arise. We ask everyone to please slow down and be aware of the working taking place. More information on lane closures and adjustments will be put out as it becomes available. We encourage personnel to consider using an alternate Access Control Point when coming onto Fort Benning during this construction timeframe.
The second change DES has implemented is opening a second Visitor Control Center at the Harmony Church (8th Division Road) Access Control Point. This Visitor Control Center is focused primarily on the vetting of contractors and oversized commercial vehicles (over 5 tons). The hours of operation are 6:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. All visitors to Fort Benning will be able to use this Visitor Center when open, if needed. The Harmony Church Visitor Center will be REQUIRED for contractors accessing Fort Benning that don’t have a CAC, AIE Card or AIE pass. If a contractor without a valid AIE pass or card attempts to use the temporary Visitor Center on I-185 they will not be issued a pass and directed to the Harmony Church Visitor Center for vetting. When the Harmony Church Visitor Control Center is closed and a contractor without one of the above credentials attempts to gain access at the temporary Visitor Center on I-185, they will be issued a one day pass to grant you access and directed to the Harmony Church Visitor Center on the next date it is open.
Effective immediately, driver licenses and identification cards from the states of *Minnesota, Missouri, *Washington and the territory of American Samoa do not comply with the REAL ID Act and can no longer be used as the sole source for access to Fort Benning. New Mexico received an extension, so driver’s licenses and ID cards from the state are acceptable for access to Fort Benning.
*Enhanced driver licenses from Minnesota and Washington are compliant.
Residents of the three specified states and one territory must possess one of the following accepted authorized government issued identification cards in lieu of their driver's license:
The following is a list of other documents that can be used in conjunction with a nonvalid ID:
It's our intent to provide you with the most up-to-date information on how to gain access to Fort Benning. As we work on updating this site, please know that your visit is very important to us.
Visitors coming to Fort Benning, who do not have a federal government-issued identification card, will be subject to a background check before being allowed to enter the installation. Those who show a common access card (CAC), Military ID, Military Dependent ID won't be affected and may escort the passengers in their vehicle.
This step is being taken to ensure that Fort Benning is in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which requires that 100 percent of visitors be vetted prior to entering the installation. While this is a DoD-wide initiative, we are doing all we can to streamline the process for accessing Fort Benning.
To request an access pass to post, you can go to the Visitor Control Center at the Interstate 185 or submit a request via fax. If you go to the Visitor Control Center, the process will take approximately 10 minutes per person, so please allow for extra time when making travel plans.
You can also download a visit request form, click here for form and fax sheet. Access passes can be applied for up to 30 days prior to your visit, but no later than 7 days prior. If it is less than 7 days before your visit, go directly to the I-185 Visitor Control Center. When you complete the form, be sure to write legibly, include your visit date(s) and fax it to 706-842-6929. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THIS FORM. By submitting your form, you are agreeing to a background check, which uses the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index, a Federal Bureau of Investigation database that provides criminal histories from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Be aware that all individuals 18 and older in the vehicle are required to have a background check and pass before being allowed to unescorted access to the installation. Visitors with a valid pass and picture ID can access the installation at any Access Control Point during their visit. Passes are valid only for the timeframe you were approved. For more information, submission instructions and to download forms, visit the installation access page at www.benning.army.mil/GateInfo/.
Contractors, Long Term Access & Civilians may use the contractor access form (not the Special Event, graduation or family day form) with their GES/Sponsor filling out Section V of the form. Contractors may still turn in their PII to their GES and the GES turn it in a bulk list for vetting as well. The civilian category would be for those dependents of CAC civilians, AGENT Cards, Au Pairs and similar non DoD Card carriers needing long term unescorted access. They FAX or drop off their completed forms to Building 19. Long Term would be anything else that is not covered in another portion of DTM 09-012, AD 2014-05, AR 190-13 or any other directive or regulatory guidance.
We process this form separate and different than Graduation & Special Events.
The Fort Benning Directorate of Emergency Services has implemented the Trusted Traveler Program at the Access Control Points throughout the installation during the hours of 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, effective Aug. 7.
The TTP allows all DoD identification cardholders (uniformed Service military and their spouses, DoD employees, and retired uniformed service members and their spouses) to vouch for occupants in their immediate vehicle, provided the Trusted Traveler vehicle operator possesses a valid DoD ID card.
Please Note: This is an installation specific program and procedure may vary from post to post.
This TTP is intended to:
The TTP is not authorized for military dependents (except for spouses), contractors, volunteers, or Family Care providers, in accordance with Army Regulations.
Trusted Travelers are entirely responsible for the actions of the occupants in their vehicle and for meeting all local security requirements for escorting as established by Army regulations and requirements of the Installation Commander.
At no point will the safety and security of Fort Benning be compromised by this change. The DES will continue to execute programs that monitor and take aggressive action against possible illegal activities. During unannounced 100% ID checks at the ACPs, visitors will be required to render their identification for proof of verification.
The Installation Commander may suspend the TTP based on the local threat or may revoke individual trusted traveler privileges.
A key factor of any program is active community involvement. Everyone is encouraged to participate and call the Fort Benning Military Police Desk immediately at 706-545-5222 | 706-545-5223 | 706-545-5224 if they observe suspicious activity.