The Fort Benning Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) will be implementing changes in the Visitor Center Operations soon.
The first change will affect the Visitor Center at the I-185 Access Control Point. This Visitor Center will be undergoing renovations soon. This will require the building to be completely closed down. We are establishing a temporary Visitor Center on the right hand side of the Access Control Point at the old truck inspection lane. The temporary facility should be operational on 14 August 2016. This will be a 6 month project so we hope to be back into the newly renovated facility by March 2017. During this renovation there will be some lane closures and traffic adjustments at the Access Control Point. We ask everyone to slow down and be aware of the working taking place. More information on lane closures and adjustments will be put out at a later date. We also encourage personnel to consider using an alternate Access Control Point when coming onto Fort Benning during this construction timeframe.
The second change will be done to help reduce the amount of vehicles that use the I-185 Access Control Point. We will be opening a second Visitor Control Center at the Harmony Church (8th Division Road) Access Control Point. This will open on 28 August 2016. The hours of operation will be from 6:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. All Visitors to Fort Benning during this time frame will be able to use this Visitor Center if needed. It will be required for Contractor personnel accessing Fort Benning that don’t have a CAC, AIE Card or AIE pass to use this Visitor Center at Harmony Church. If you are a Contractor without one of the above credentials and you go to the temporary Visitor Center on I-185 you will not be issued a pass and will be directed to the Harmony Church Visitor Center. Also if you are a Contractor without one of the above credentials and you go to the temporary Visitor Center on I-185 during anytime the Harmony Church Visitor Center is closed you will be issued a one day pass to grant you access and this will be for a one time issue until you go to the Harmony Church Visitor Center.
Please keep in mind that all this date could be moved based on construction schedules and technical issues that may arise.
Effective immediately, driver licenses and identification cards from the states of Illinois, 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 drivers licenses and ID cards from the state are acceptable for access to Fort Benning.
Residents of the four specified states and one territory must possess one of the following accepted authorized government issued identification cards in lieu of their driver's license: Effective immediately, driver licenses and identification cards from the states of Illinois, 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.
The following is a list of other documents that can be used in conjunction with a nonvalid ID:
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 www.benning.army.mil/gateinfo. 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.