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News | April 4, 2023

Fort Riley visitor access process

1ID Public Affairs


Fort Riley is clarifying its March 15 announcement regarding access for non-DOD Identification cardholders.

The public and guests of Fort Riley Soldiers and family members are welcome to visit Fort Riley anytime. Those without credentials and authorization for installation access may gain authorization through these three options. The first option is always the default option, subject to hours of operation. The following processes apply for guests ages 18+. Minor youth (aged 17 and below) are not required to obtain separate installation access.
  1. Visit the Visitor Control Center (VCC), located near Henry Gate, at Exit 301 off I-70 and show staff a government-issued photo Identification card (Driver’s License, state ID, passport, foreign passport w/ VISA, resident alien) IF the visitor wants to stay for more than 7 days, a DOD sponsor (the Soldier or family member) must be present. For 1-7 day passes, sponsor does not need to join the guest at VCC. Operating hours of the Visitor Control Center, located near Henry Gate, at Exit 301 off I-70 are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and federal holidays. All guests may stop by the VCC for access. Those guests without REAL IDs issued by their states of residence MUST follow this procedure for post access.
  2. If the Visitor Control Center is closed, (after 9 p.m. weekdays and after 4 p.m. weekends and federal holidays), guests may use the marked Visitor lane at Henry Access Control Point only, presenting either of these two credentials: state-issued Driver’s License or state ID. Without prior coordination, a DOD sponsor (the Soldier or family member) must be present. Guests granted access via this overnight method have access to post for no more than 24 hours and must return to the Visitor Control Center the next day for an extended pass.
  3. Online. Visitors who are U.S. citizens with state-issued REAL IDs may request installation access in advance at -- essentially obtaining virtual passes. A state-issued REAL ID compliant driver’s license may be used as an authorized credential for access after registering online. Registered and approved guests may have their IDs scanned at any open access control point only on the date(s) requested, with 1, 3 or 7 day options. Online pass applications are only processed during Visitor Control Center operating hours. Visitors are encouraged to submit pass applications at least 24 hours in advance of their planned visit. Guests may only have 1 pass at a time. After successful vetting, visitors will be sent a text message informing them of either denial or confirmation that their license is available to be scanned at a Fort Riley access control point.

For more information, visit or call the Visitor Control Center at 785-239-2982.

Fort Riley Public Affairs Office