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Visitors enter the Pentagon through the Pentagon Visitor Entrance located adjacent to the Pentagon Metro Entrance

    Pentagon visitors are:

  • Pentagon Tour participants
  • Government and DoD holders without Pentagon Access
  • Anyone without authorized access to the Pentagon

Operating Hours

  • Facility hours are Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Visitors that require an escort prior to 6:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. must be accompanied by their escort at the Pentagon Visitor Entrance
  • Pentagon Tours accepted at the Visitor Entrance between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
  • Weekends, holidays and during after duty hours (8 p.m.), DoD badge holders and approved visitors on the Visitor Access Roster must enter the building through the Corridor 2 entrance

General Information:

All Pentagon Visitors must present a valid photo identification

All Pentagon Tour participants must register online at least 14 days in advance and no more than 90 days away from the tour date. Walk-in tours will not be accommodated.

All visitors and belongings are required to go through security screening

All belongings are required to pass through an x-ray machine.


All visitors are required to have a sponsor for access to the Pentagon

Only Pentagon employees, with a DoD Common Access Card or Pentagon Facilities Alternative Credential (PFAC) may sponsor up to10 guests to visit the Pentagon

All Pentagon sponsors are strongly encouraged to register their guests at least one business day (24 hours) prior to the visit, to minimize processing times.

Walk-up visitors, who are not pre-registered, may experience longer processing times.

It is the responsibility of the escort to stay with their guests at all times

Pentagon employees who have a DoD Common Access Card or PFAC may request unescorted access ("No Escort Required") for visitors who need infrequent but regular access to the Pentagon, for official business only, and up to six months.

Government and military DoD CAC holders are not required to have an escort but are still encouraged to register prior to their visit to minimize processing times.

Registration Process

Sponsors must submit visit requests via encrypted e-mail at least one business day in advance of visit date to and of the Pentagon Access Control Branch (PACB), with the following information:.  

  • Name of Event/Date/Time*
  • Visitor name, Dates of Birth, and SSN  (List must be in alphabetical order)
    • For multiple visitors, list names in alphabetical order by last name
    • For Foreign National, Foreign Passport, Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Card.....
  • Entrance to be used: Metro or North Parking - Corridor 8
  • Purpose of visit
  • Duration of visit**
  • Sponsor´s name and phone number
  • Names of escorts*
  • Include "Visitor Certification" in the subject line for unescorted visitor access request**

* Required for "Escort Required" request only.
** Required for "No Escort Required" request only.
*** Required for "Escort Required" request for more than 3 visitors only.


Contact the Pentagon Building Pass Office at (703) 693-3953 with any questions.
Office hours are Mon., Tue., Thur., and Fri., 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. or Wed. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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