Location: 870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle Barracks PA
Hours: 0700-1700 Monday to Friday
Phone: 717-245-3721 /
245-3733 / 245-3725
Fax: 717-245-3750


Visitor Access Information


All visitors ages 18 and older require an access pass to enter Carlisle Barracks. Visitors can receive up to a 30 day pass at the Visitor Center upon a successful Criminal History check conducted through NCIC III (National Criminal Information Center Interstate Identification Index). Visitors need to present a valid driver’s license or state identification card for the check. A year pass can be issued upon completion of Carlisle Barracks Installation Access Control Application (CBks (DES) Form 228-R-E) to include government sponsor information and a successful NCIC check. Visitors who would like to have the pass available upon arrival can submit the application in advance to the Visitor Center via encrypted email or fax (717) 245-3750. Please call the Visitor Center for the email address. The Visitor Center is located at 870 Jim Thorpe Road.

  What to Know?

Visitors coming to Carlisle Barracks (CBks), who do not have a Federal government-issued identification card, will be subject to a background check before being allowed to enter the Installation. Personal in possession of a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or an issued Installation Access Control pass will not be affected.


All visitors in your vehicle 18 and older will need a visitor's Installation Access Pass for unescorted access. A background check is required to obtain a visitor’s pass to CBks for those ages 18 and older. Along with the pass, all persons ages 18 and older must present a valid picture identification card for access to the Installation. Valid picture identification includes government-issued identification such as a driver’s license, state identification, DD Form 1173 (Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card), DD Form 2 series or a passport issued by an authoritative agency (state/federal). Personnel under the age of 18 will not have a NCIC-III check conducted and may enter the installation when escorted by a valid pass holder.


If you are traveling in the same vehicle as a military sponsor (Military ID or Common Access Card cardholder), you do not need a visitor’s pass or background check to enter the installation provided your visit is escorted by the sponsor. Installation Access Control Pass holders are NOT sponsors, visitors in your vehicle will need a visitor’s pass.


  How To Request A Pass

There are several ways to submit Carlisle Barracks (CBks) Form 228, Installation Access Application. You can go to the Visitor Center at the Claremont gate (870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle Barracks) to receive a background check and visitors pass, or you can submit a request via fax. The process at the Visitor Center should take approximately 5-7 minutes per person.

You can apply for a pass up to 30 days prior to your visit by downloading an Installation Access Control Pass Application CBks form 228 available on CBks website. Complete the form and submit it via fax or stop in at the Visitor Center prior to or on the date of your visit. If you fax your form please download the cover letter from our website.

By submitting your form, you are agreeing to a background check, which uses the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC III), a Federal Bureau of Investigation database that provides criminal histories from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

If you are approved for a visitors pass, it will be ready for you to pick up at the Visitor Center. Be aware that all individuals 18 and older in the vehicle are required to have a background check, a valid reason to enter CBks and a pass before entering CBks unescorted. Upon verification of your identity (Federal or State picture identification), a visitors pass will be issued. This will provide you access onto the installation at any Access Control Point during your visit.

Upon verification of your identity (Federal or State picture identification), a visitors pass will be issued. This will provide you access onto the installation at any Access Control Point (ACP) during your visit.

Passes are valid only for the timeframe you were approved for, and all visitors 18 and older in the vehicle must have a valid pass.


  Other Forms of ID Accepted

Veterans and Gold Star families
Gold Star ID cardholders can access Carlisle Barracks without a visitor pass or background check. Proceed to any Access Control Point as you normally would and present your identification.

Veterans Affairs Hospital issued identification card cannot be used to gain access to Carlisle Barracks. Visitors with the Veterans Affair Hospital identification card will need to obtain an access pass from the Visitor Center.

State and Federal Law Enforcement and Investigative Agencies
Your official credentials will be accepted at Carlisle Barracks Access Control Points as a valid form of identification.

Agent Cards
Individuals with an Agent Card are authorized to apply for an Installation Access Pass. The Pass is valid for one year and allows the individual unescorted access onto Carlisle Barracks. The Pass must be renewed annually and cannot be used to sponsor other visitors to Carlisle Barracks.

An Agent Card allows a specific named person to shop for or with an authorized patron on a temporary basis not to exceed one year, and is renewable annually. Patrons who are disabled, eligible children with non-military parents and eligible extreme hardship cases are examples of situations where a caregiver or non-military parent would be authorized an Agent Card. For more information on Agent Cards, contact the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Human Resources.