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Fort Benning Gate Information

Fort Benning Gate Access Changes

Dear Visitors and Basic Training Graduation Attendees,

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 card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or an Automated Installation Entry Card won't be affected.

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 get your background check for an access pass to post, you can go to the Visitors Control Center at the Interstate 185 gate or you can submit a request online.

You can apply for a pass up to 30 days prior to your visit starting Jan. 15 by downloading a visitors request form available on Fort Benning's website at Complete the form and fax it to (706)544-9152. To fax your request, download the cover sheet (click here to download cover sheet) and submit it along with your form. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THIS FORM.

By submitting your form, you are agreeing to a background check

If you are approved for a visitors pass, it will be emailed to you. You can print it out in advance of your visit and bring it with you. If you do not provide an email address on the form when you submit it, your pass must be picked up at the I-185 Visitors Control Center. Be aware that all individuals in the vehicle are required to have a background check and pass before being allowed to enter the installation unescorted. Visitors with a valid pass and picture ID can access the installation at any Access Control Point (ACP) during their visit.

Passes are valid only for the timeframe you were previously approved for, and all visitors 18 and older in the vehicle must have a valid pass. Background checks are required.

If you are attending a Basic Training graduation, and submitted a request for a visitor's pass and not received it in time for your visit, you may proceed to the Sand Hill gate for your Soldier's graduation.

  1. If you are attending a graduation related event for your Soldier, please follow the instructions that you received with your Graduation Letter 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 we will send your pass to the email you provided in PDF format. The pass along with a valid photo identification (ie. Drivers License, Passport, etc.) will allow you access to any open Access Control Point. All individuals 18 years or older must possess a valid photo identification to be allowed entry. If you do not receive your pass prior to the graduation, visit, event or date you wish to gain access, please proceed to the appropriate Access Control Point with your valid photo identification.
    1. a 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.