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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
  • Background check (for individuals 18 years of age or older)
  • Valid identification
  • Security screening prior to entering the building
Visitor Pre-Registration
  • All visitors must be pre-registered by their sponsor prior to their visit. This requirement extends to family and personal guests. Sponsors can pre-register a visitor, by visiting: https://visitorsponsor.pfpa.mil (CAC enabled).
  • Visiting DoD civilians, military personnel with a current CAC, and intelligence community personnel with a U.S. government “blue badge” are not required to be pre-registered; however, it is strongly encouraged to expedite access into the building.
  • Walk-in visitors who are not pre-registered may experience longer processing times. There is no guarantee that walk-in visitors will be processed in time for their appointment or meeting times.
  • Visitors will not be allowed access during weekends, holidays, and after-hours unless they have been pre-registered.
  • All visitors require a sponsor for entry into the building.

‚ÄčPentagon Tours

Pentagon TourOfficial Pentagon tours are provided by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs Office. 
For more information, visit: https://pentagontours.osd.mil/Tours/ 


Sponsors and Visitors

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.

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, 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Visitors who 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.
  • On weekends, holidays, and after hours (8:00 p.m. to 5:00 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
  • 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.


Contact the Pentagon Pass Office at 703-695-5923 with any questions. 
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Parking Office - Pentagon: 703-697-6251, Mark Center: 571-372-7100 or 7144.
Special Needs: - Scooters 703-693-3683, Wheel Chairs 703-697-7351