The Pentagon is the headquarters of the Department of Defense, a military command center, and a secure facility.

Visiting the Pentagon requires all of the following:

  • Sponsor
  • Visitor Registration
  • Background check (for individuals 18 years of age or older)
  • Valid identification (government-issued, unexpired, with a photo)
  • Security screening prior to entering the building

ATTENTION:  COVID-19 Visitor Access Restrictions
Due to the current Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level, the following visitor restrictions currently apply at PFPA-protected facilities:

  • Escort are limited to 3 visitors per escort
  • Temperature screenings are being conducted on all visitors at the Pentagon and Mark Center using Enhanced Body Temperature screening equipment
  • Visitors fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine (who are at least two weeks beyond their final dose) do not have to wear a mask to enter the Pentagon. Those who are NOT fully vaccinated must continue to wear a CDC-approved mask.
More information related to the impact of COVID-19 on PFPA-protected facilities can be found here:


Visitor Registration Requirement

  • ALL visitors must be registered by their sponsor prior to their visit. Walk-up visitors are not being processed and will be denied entry. This requirement extends to family and personal guests. Sponsors can register a visitor, by visiting: (CAC enabled).
  • More information for sponsors can be found here: (CAC enabled).
  • Visiting DoD civilians and military personnel with a current CAC and are not permanently assigned to a PFPA-protected facility are required to be registered by a Sponsor.
  • Intelligence Community (IC) personnel with a U.S. government “blue badge” are not required to be registered, but are required to swipe in using IC-badge readers at designated entry points.
  • Visitors will not be allowed access during weekends, holidays, and after-hours unless they have been registered.
  • All visitors require a sponsor for entry into the building.

‚ÄčPentagon Tours

Official Pentagon tours are provided by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs Office.
For more information, visit:

Sponsors and Visitors

A sponsor is a DoD employee or contractor with an active DoD Common Access Card (CAC) who has swipe access into the Pentagon and escort privileges.

A Pentagon visitor is:
  • Anyone without authorized access to the Pentagon
  • Government and DoD employee or card holder who does not have access to the Pentagon
  • Pentagon tour participants

Visitor Entrance Location and Operating Hours
  • The Pentagon Visitor Entrance is located adjacent to the Pentagon Metro Entrance.
  • Pentagon Visitor Entrance hours: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visitors who require an escort prior to 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m. and are not pre-registered will be unable to access the Pentagon.
  • On weekends, holidays, and after hours (4 p.m. to 6 a.m.), DoD badge holders and approved visitors on the Visitor Access Roster must enter the building through the Corridor 2 entrance.

Forms of Identification Acceptable ID poster

All visitors 18 years of age or older will be required to present a valid government-issued photo identification or passport on the day of the visit. For a list of valid forms of identification needed for Pentagon access, visit the following link: Acceptable ID List

Note: Visitors 17 years of age and under require no identification when accompanied by an adult with a Pentagon building pass or valid form of identification.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
  • All animals, except service animals for persons with disabilities
  • Explosives, weapons, and alcohol
  • Bladed, edged, or sharp weapons; knives with blades 2.5 inches in length or longer
  • Bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, tricycles, or any other self-propelled or motor-powered personal transport (e.g., Segway). This criterion does not include medical mobility equipment.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
  • Oleoresin capsicum (OC) (“pepper spray”), if more than 1 ounce (28 grams)
The use of cameras or other visual recording devices on the Pentagon Reservation is prohibited.


Pentagon Pass Office (703-695-5923)
Mark Center Pass Office (571-372-5663)

Hours of operation (Pentagon Pass Office):
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fr
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday
Hours of operation (Mark Center Pass Office)
7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon - Fri

Parking Offices - Pentagon: 703-697-6251, Mark Center: 571-372-7100 or 7144.
Special Accommodations - Scooters: 703-693-3683, Wheel Chairs: 703-697-7351



Visitor Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified if I have been approved to enter the building?
Once a visit request is approved, the visitor and sponsor will both receive an e-mail of the approval.  If a visit request is denied, only the sponsor will be notified.

What identification do I need to bring?
All pre-registered visitors must bring an appropriate government-issued identification card or passport on the day of the visit.  A list of what constitutes appropriate government-issued identification is included here: Acceptable ID List

If approved, where do I go when I arrive at the Pentagon?
Unless specified otherwise, visitors should proceed to the Pentagon Visitor Entrance, which is adjacent to the Pentagon Metro.

If I was denied entry to the building, can I appeal?
Yes, a visitor who is denied access can request an appointment to appeal the decision by calling the Pentagon Pass Office at 703-697-9327 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. The appeal request must be made within three business days of the access denial notice. There is no guarantee that we can complete an adjudication by the date of the visit. There are no same-day appeals for walk-in visitors.

Does taking a Pentagon Tour require the same preregistration process?
No. However, you must have a confirmed reservation for a Pentagon tour to access the Pentagon. Official Pentagon tours are requested through the Pentagon Tour Office website: