Expanded hours at VCC to meet requirements for unescorted access to West Point for non-DOD visitors

By U.S. ArmyJuly 25, 2019

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Starting July 22, non-DOD visitors will be required to check in at the Visitor Control Center daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. to be issued Local Access Credentials in order to gain entry onto the military installation. These changes will bring West Point into compliance with Department of the Army access control requirements and provide a safe and secure community to study, work and live.

"We expect delays at the gates as people learn about the new requirements," Lt. Col. Brian Heverly, director of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison, West Point, said. "We ask for patience and assistance in passing this new information along to members of the community, visiting family members, alumni and friends of West Point."

This change impacts non-DOD card holders who desire unescorted access to visit cadets, friends, family, the hospital, sporting events, concerts and other programs not deemed special events. It also affects companies with employees who require unescorted access to conduct business on West Point, such as delivery drivers.

After 10 p.m., guests are still required to conduct a background check to enter the installation; however, only a 24-hour pass will be provided at Stony Lonesome Gate until the visitor can obtain a LAC at the VCC the next business day if necessary.

All visitors to the installation will undergo a background check through the National Crime Information Center--Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III).

The Superintendent of West Point has the authority to designate certain events as "special events." This designation will reduce the access requirements back to driver's licenses or other approved government-issued ID cards.

Special events currently include:

• Fourth of July and Labor Day band concerts

• Graduation

• Home football games

• Ticketed sporting events like hockey and lacrosse

• Eisenhower Hall entertainment events and concerts.

Access requirements:

Non-DOD visitors should fill out a local area credential request form at: https://westpoint.edu/visiting-west-point and bring the completed form to the VCC located at 2107 New South Post Road in Highland Falls, N.Y.

In addition, visitors should bring a state-issued driver's license compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005. Check compliance at: http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/real-id-compliant-states/

Those without a valid driver's license, will need one of the following:

• U.S. passport or U.S. passport card.

• Permanent resident card or alien registration receipt card (Form 1-551).

• Foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 with a printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa.

• Employment authorization document that contains a photograph.

• U.S. Military or draft record.

• U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card.

• Transportation Worker Identification Card.

• Native American Tribal Document.

• In the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.

For more information, call 845-938-0390 or 845-938-0392.