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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 employees or card holders who do not have access to the Pentagon; and
  • anyone without authorized access to the Pentagon.

Operating Hours

  • The Pentagon’s normal business 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. 
On weekends, holidays and after hours (8 p.m. – 5:00 a.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 be pre-registered and have a valid government-issued identification card or passport on the day of the visit.

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 will be screened.

All belongings will be inspected by an x-ray machine.


Every visitor must have a sponsor, who is responsible for initiating the pre-registration process. A sponsor is a DoD employee or contractor with a current DoD Common Access Card (CAC) who has swipe access into the Pentagon and escort privileges. Sponsors may escort up to 10 visitors into and throughout the Pentagon.

Beginning April 2, 2018, all visitors must be pre-registered via their sponsor. This requirement extends to family and personal guests. Visitors will not be allowed access during weekends, holidays, and after hours unless they have been pre-registered.

Walk-in visitors who are not pre-registered may experience longer processing times, and there is no guarantee that walk-in visitors will be processed in time for their appointment or meeting times.

Escorts must remain with their guests at all times.

DoD Components may sponsor personnel who require temporary access to perform critical duties for up to six months, pending a favorable background check. The sponsor’s authorizing official or security manager must submit these requests

Visiting DoD civilians, military personnel with a current CAC, and intelligence community personnel with a U.S. government blue badge are not required to pre-register. However, these visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-register to expedite their access into the building.

Pre-Registration Process

  1. Sponsors submit a visit request through the secure, unclassified online pre-registration system or portal at (Note: this system or portal is accessible only to sponsors via a DoD computer.) Sponsors can submit more than one name in a single visit request

  2. There are two categories of visitors: U.S. Persons and non-U.S. Persons. U.S. person visitors are either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. Everyone else is a non-U.S. person visitor.

    1. For U.S. person visitors, the visitation request must be submitted at least one business day—that is 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays—prior to the visit.

    2. For non-U.S. person visitors, the visitation request must be submitted at least two business days prior to the visit. For example:

    1. If a U.S. person visitor is arriving at noon on Monday, the request must be received by noon the previous Friday.

    2. If a non-U.S. person visitor is arriving at 8 a.m. Monday, the request must be submitted by 8 a.m. the previous Thursday.

  3. The sponsor will enter the visit information into the online pre-registration portal (, to include the visitor’s email address. Once the request is submitted, the visitor will receive an email with a secure link to the portal. The visitor then can enter his/her name, date of birth, and Social Security Number (SSN)—or, for non-U.S. person visitors, a passport number. It is important that the visitor respond as soon as possible to the email requesting this information. The secure link is active and available for two weeks (14 calendar days). It is critical that the sponsor and visitor correctly enter all information.

  4. The sponsor also can input the visitor’s information directly into the portal in the event the visitor is unable to do so. To do this follow the hyperlink for the step-by-step instructions located at the top of the portal.

  5. Visit requests will result in one of the following actions:

    1. Approved. The pre-registration system or portal will send both the sponsor and visitor(s) an email from pfpa.pentagon/ informing them that their request has been approved. You cannot respond to this email. If you have additional questions, contact the Pentagon Access Control Branch (PACB) at 703-697-9327.

    2. Denied. The pre-registration system or portal will send an email to the sponsor only, notifying him/her of the denied visit request. The sponsor is responsible for notifying the visitor(s) that their request has been denied. Denied visit requests can be appealed and adjudicated through the PACB.


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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