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Fort Benning Gate Information

Fort Benning Gate Access Changes

Dear Visitors,

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.

Training graduations

  1. If you are attending a graduation related event for your Soldier, please follow the instructions that you received with your Graduation Letter or go to the special event gate directed by the commander in charge of the event, and number 3 below.
  2. If you are requesting unescorted access to visit a soldier, family member, event or facility please follow number 3 below.
  3. Upon a favorable return of your background check your pass will be loaded into our system upon your arrival. The pass along with a valid photo identification i.e. Driver’s License, Passport, etc. allows you to access any open Access Control Point. All individuals 18 years or older must possess a valid photo identification to be allowed entry.
  4. During the hours of 10 PM to 3 AM, all visitors without a pass must proceed to the Visitor Control Center located at I-185 to receive a pass for unescorted access.

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:

  • Expedite access to Fort Benning for active service members and spouses, DoD Employees and retired service members and spouses.
  • Mitigate traffic congestion during peak hours.
  • Provide flexibility for Trusted Travelers to vouch for family members and guests.

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.