Effective beginning Monday, June 26, there will be changes at the gates.
100% Identification Checks for all occupants, 18 years of age and older, in vehicles entering the installation. Personnel without DoD CAC or AIE Card will be required to go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) for vetting. Please adjust travel time accordingly.


Fort Gordon Pass Procedures
The Installation Commander or his/her designated representative may deny access and access credentials based on the information obtained during the identity vetting that indicates the individuals may present a threat to the good order, discipline, or morale of the installation, including, but not limited to the following: 

  1. Unable to verify the identity of the individual
  2. Current arrest warrant
  3. Currently barred from a federal installation or facility
  4. Convicted of sex crimes, sexual assault, rape, child molestation, child pornography, trafficking humans and registered sex offender
  5. Conviction of armed robbery
  6. Conviction of drug possession with intent to distribute
  7. Conviction of espionage, sabotage, treason or terrorism
  8. Conviction of murder
  9. Conviction of felony firearms or explosives violation
  10. Acts to overthrow the government
  11. Conviction of Arson
  12. Identified on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB)

In cases where an un-cleared contractor, subcontractor or visitor is denied access based on derogatory information obtained from and NCIC III check, the Visitor Control Center (VCC) will issue the denied individual instructions on how and where to submit a waiver.

Those who show a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or an Automated Installation Entry Card will not be affected.

This step is being taken to ensure that Fort Gordon is in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which requires that 100 percent of visitors be vetted prior to entering the installation. Although this is a DoD-wide initiative, we are doing all we can to streamline the process for accessing Fort Gordon, and to make this as painless as possible for you while ensuring the security of our installation.

How to Submit Access Request Application (pdf)
Access Request Form (pdf)

This policy is being implemented in phases:

Visitors will apply for their background check and access pass at the Visitor Control Center at McKenna Gate (Gate 1). Forms are available there. However, if you have a question regarding how to apply for access, contact the Physical Security Office at (706) 791-4397.

Effective 1 September 2016, there are changes in operating hours of certain gates and Visitor Controls Centers (VCC)

Gate 1 (McKenna Gate) VCC
  Monday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Gate 3 VCC (commercial gate)
  Gate 3 Commercial VCC hours will be from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.; after 2 p.m., all commercial traffic will go thru Gate 1 for    
  inspection. POV traffic thru Gate 3 is still 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Only personnel with valid DoD cards or a valid pass is authorized access after midnight. No passes will be issued from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Gate 1 (McKenna Gate)

  (Gordon Highway at Jimmie Dyess Parkway)
: 24 hours daily

Gate 2
 (Gordon Highway at Robinson Avenue)
: 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday
Gate 3
 (Gordon Highway, used mainly for commercial traffic): 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday;
outbound only 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Gate 5
  (Tobacco Road): 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

This step is being taken to ensure that Fort Gordon 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 Gordon, and to make this as painless as possible for you.  Due to the large number of requests we anticipate, there may be a 1-3 month wait time to obtain an extended pass.  A “pending“ five day pass can be granted in the interim, upon receipt of all the required documents.

There are four different phases of NCIC background checks being implemented here Fort Gordon.  Phase I was initiated on October 1, 2014, which applied to un-cleared contractors/volunteers who work on Fort Gordon and who are ineligible to obtain a DoD ID card.  Phase II implementation will begin on April 1, 2015 and applies to local businesses and infrequent contractors who request access to the installation and provide a service to Fort Gordon, e.g., FedEx, UPS, fast food delivery, short term instructors, etc.  Phase III will be enforced beginning 1 June, 2015 and applies to small group events, such as weddings, birthday parties, golf tournaments, etc.  Phase IV implementation will be determined at a later date and applies to all visitors (US citizens) requesting access to the installation 18 years of age and older.

Contractors, volunteers and other non-DoD employees who fall into the Phase I category must contact their Contracting Officer Representative (COR) or government sponsor for installation access and background check submission to Physical Security. The COR or government sponsor is the active duty or federal employee who has oversight of the prime or sub-contractor whom is providing a service to that particular agency.  For example, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has a contract with “ACME” construction and ACOE’s COR coordinates with ACME’s supervisor to ensure their prime contractors and sub-contractors obtain a background check and pass.  The COR will coordinate with the Physical Security Office on the contractor’s behalf.  The Physical Security Office will not accept requests from contractors who work on Fort Gordon.  All Phase I category contractors must obtain a favorable background check and pass to gain access to the installation.

For Phase II category personnel, the supervisor/manager of the business office organization must submit a list of your employees and a pass request form for each employee to Physical Security. All Phase II contractors must obtain a favorable background check and pass to gain access to the installation. Once pass authorization has been granted by the Physical Security office, employees can pick up their pass at the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at McKenna Gate (intersection of Jimmy Dyess Parkway and Gordon Highway). Passes can be renewed every 30 days.  For Phase II personnel who travel in vehicles that require inspection, the background check will not exempt you from future inspections, so you must continue to get your vehicle inspected at Gate #3 (Commercial gate) or McKenna Gate Gate.

Phase III category personnel can request a pre-vetted pass through the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program (weddings, birthdays, etc) Gordon Club manager after submission of an NCIC background check.  Requests must be submitted 30 days prior to your event to allow ample time to complete the background check and process a pre-vetted pass that will allow access at any gate.  Please contact your MWR representative for assistance. 

Phase IV category personnel (visitors) will continue to obtain a pass at the VCC without a NCIC background check until further notice.

Beginning 1 April 2015, we are accepting packets from supervisors/managers online by downloading a visitors request form available on Fort Gordon’s website at www.Gordon.army.mil/gateinfo. Once the supervisor/manager has completed all forms, submit the entire packet to our protected email address via the Army’s encrypted email service ARMSAFE.

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.

Once the background check is completed, Physical Security will email your supervisor/manager. If you do not provide an email address on the form when you submit it, we will be unable to notify you. 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.

Upon arrival at the VCC the driver of the vehicle must present a valid driver’s license, insurance and vehicle registration.  A “one-time” courtesy will be granted if customers don’t have a valid vehicle registration and insurance. The VCC staff will verify your identity (Federal or State picture identification), and then a bar-coded, scannable visitors pass will be issued. This will provide you access onto the installation at any Access Control Point (ACP) during your 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, unless traveling with a D0D cardholder.


  • All unescorted visitors 18 and older operating a vehicle, will need a visitor’s pass. A background check is required to obtain a visitor’s pass to the installation for those ages 18 and older wanting unescorted access. Along with the pass, all persons ages 18 and older must present a valid picture identification card for access to the installation. Valid picture identification includes government-issued identification such as a drivers license, state identification, DD Form 1173 (Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card), DD Form 2 series or a passport issued by an authoritative agency (state/federal). Personnel under the age of 18 will not have a NCIC-III check conducted and may enter the installation when escorted by a valid pass holder.

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