Fort Riley, Kansas

 

Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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A. Foreign national visitors are required to produce either a passport with a Form I-94 or they are required to present a Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card as proof of identity. Foreign national visitors must have a sponsor for access. Foreign nationals from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program may be unescorted. Foreign nationals from countries that do not participate in the Visa Waiver Program must be escorted.

A. No. She will need either an escort or unescorted pass from the Visitor Control Center. If she requested unescorted access she will require a background check.

A. Yes. However you must go to the Visitor Control Center.
A. Your previous background check is separate from the one required to enter Fort Riley. In order to receive a visitor's pass, you would still need to undergo an NCIC-III background check through the Fort Riley Visitor Control Center.
A. Yes. If you are a retiree you can use your Retiree ID Card for access. If you do not have a DoD ID Card, all personnel must be proofed, vetted, fitness determined, and issued an access credential based on the valid need for entry. Stop at the Henry Visitor Control Center off I 70 to obtain your pass or badge.
A. If you are currently employed or seeking employment on the installation, you may submit a waiver and your organization/Government Employee Sponsor can elect to sponsor you through the access denial process. Unfortunately, there is no way around this requirement.

A. If the offense is indeed expunged, your fiancé should not encounter any trouble when her background is run. However, keep in mind that her NCIC background check has to reflect that the offense was expunged. If it does not, she would have to prove that it was expunged.

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1) Background Check (Vetting process)

2) Picture ID such as a Drivers License

3) If driving a vehicle you will need proof of insurance and Vehicle registration

A. Persons not wishing to release their information may stop at Henry Visitor Control Center to be vetted in person.

A. Credential issuance is the process of manufacturing a paper pass or plastic badge which will be issued to the applicant for access at the Henry Visitor Center.

A. Escort authority allows an individual, with an authorized form of identification that certifies they have been successfully identity proofed and favorably vetted per this instruction, to vouch for any vehicle occupants, or pedestrians if walking through a pedestrian gate, and escort personnel onto an installation without identity proofing or vetting them.

A. Fitness is the level of character and conduct determined necessary for the basis of access control decisions. Fitness of persons will be determined by Visitor Control Center personnel analysis and assessment of information obtained through USG authoritative data sources prior to being authorized unescorted access to installations.

A. Sponsorship allows individuals with DoD credentials to act as a government representative to take responsibility for verifying an applicant’s need for a locally produced identification credential to facilitate unescorted access to an installation.
A. A Pass is issued for up to 90 days and is made of paper. A Badge is issued from 91 days to 365 days and is made of plastic.
A. This is a case by case basis and is based on the requirement for access. Passes can be issued from 24 hours to 1 years. Passes/Badges cannot be issued beyond a 1 year period.

A. The vetting process consists of four steps:

1) Proofing.

2) Vetting

3) Fitness Determination

4) Access Credential Issuance

A. Military, DoD civilians, military retirees, and adult Dependents have escort authority based on the validity of the Credential issuance procedures, prior honorable service, or Dependency status. Note: Installation Commanders will determine escort rules for DoD dependents under the age of 18.
A. A visitor is anyone that is entering the installation to visit one of our historical landmarks, museums or parks or visiting a military member on the installation.
A. No. Due to privacy concerns, this information cannot be divulged to the sponsor. Only the person in question can be given this information.
A: Yes, however a visitor must be sponsored by a military member or Family member for the duration of the visit.
A: Any person over the age of 16 years is required to show a valid photo ID.
A. You will need to apply for a badge with your daughter as the sponsor. Your justification would need to spell out what you do on the installation and you will need to pass a background check. A longer badge would then be issued to meet your requirements for access.
A. Yes. UPS/FEDEX will be able to gain access to deliver packages. Drivers will be required to pass a background check and must have a pass or badge to gain access.
A: About 5 minutes if you have been pre registered or 10 minutes to do both once you have been called to the registrar’s desk.
A: You and all your employees must be vetted at the Visitor Control Center in order to gain a pass or badge for unescorted access to the installation.

A: To receive a visitor pass you must report to the Visitor Control Center located at the I 70 exit or if you are a commercial vender use the Estes or 12th Street Commercial Gates.

A: Yes. Present your DoD ID to the guard and you will be authorized unescorted access on the installation.
A: You can use any gate or lane to access the installation with a pass or badge.
A: All persons in a vehicle must have a DoD ID card. If any passengers do not have an approved ID they must be taken to the Visitor Control Center for vetting
A: No. Currently installations are not linked and you must register at each installation’s VCC upon initial arrival.
A: All persons in a vehicle will need to present a valid DoD credential for access. An Installation Access Pass or Badge is an approved DoD credential.
A. Yes, motor homes can travel through the commercial gates since they are considered oversized vehicles. 12th Street and Estes Gates are open M-F from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will still be required to provide appropriate credentials or to obtain a background check and visitor’s pass before entering the installation. The commercial gates will have the capability to do this.
A. Yes. All foreign visitors must be vetted and issued an access credential.
A. Bring the individual to a visitor center to be proofed, vetted, fitness determined, and issued an access credential. All personnel must have a valid photo ID.
A. Requests may be submitted by sponsors utilizing a .mil email address to the visitor center at usarmy.riley.imcom-central.mbx.DES-VCC@mail.mil or hand carried to building 885 (Visitor Center) adjacent Henry Gate.
A. Return of all access credentials to a visitor center within 24 hours of applicant termination.

A. It’s from the date of the conviction.

A. Submit the Hosted Event paperwork immediately. The Visitor Center personnel will process your request and assist to ensure your event goes as planned.
A. If an applicant is fired or quits, the sponsor is required to report the action to the Visitor Control Center and retrieve all access cards from the applicant and return access cards to the visitor center.

A: One form of the following documents will be accepted as proof of identity. The document must be a government issued picture ID and all documents must be valid.

1) United States Passport

2) Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551).

3) A foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa.

4) USCIS issues the Employment Authorization Document to aliens granted temporary

employment authorization in the United States.

5) A current/valid driver’s license or identification card issued by a state or outlying

possession of the United States.

6) Identification card issued by Federal, State, or local government agencies, provided it

contains a photograph and biographic information

7) In addition to the above identity proofing documents, parents/legal guardians may provide any of the following credentials for the purpose of identity proofing for persons under the age of 18 who do not possess a photo ID:

A) School ID, school record or report card.

B) Day care or nursery school record.

C) Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal

authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal.

A. DoD CAC and Sponsor/Retiree card holders are authorized to sponsor visitors.
A. A sponsor for contractors/vendors are contracting officers or the contracting officer’s representative. In some cases it may be the commander of the unit initiating the contract or a US military member or US Government employee.
A. Sponsors will be designated based on valid need for entry. You will be able to get a 24 hour access pass with the organization sponsoring the biding as the sponsor.
A. Applications by persons requesting a 24 hour pass can be submitted in person at the Henry Visitor Control Center, Estes Commercial Access Point, or 12th Street Commercial Access Point. Persons with government sponsors will submit their applications through their sponsor.
A. Anyone requesting a pass or badge for a longer period must have a government sponsor. If you don’t have a government sponsor then you will be required to get a day pass each time you enter the installation.
A. Not necessarily. If you volunteer frequently you may apply for a longer badge. Your sponsor (government agency you volunteer for) would be required to address the days you volunteer, with the hours, and pass a background check. I pass or badge can then be issued for that duration and frequency.
A. You can put any email address down so that we can contact you. Only the sponsor needs to have a .mil or .gov email address.
A. Yes. This form of identification is authorized but you must have a sponsor for the application to be accepted.

A. There are 11 different criteria that can deny someone unescorted access. Depending what you went to prison for and how long ago will be a determining factor. For more specific information based on your situation call 239-2982.

A. Babysitters who do not have a DoD ID card are required to be sponsored on the installation. Babysitters who are 16 and older will be required to have their own pass or badge. Those under 16 must be escorted on the installation by their adult sponsor for access.
A. You must bring a government issued photo identification. If you are driving you must provide vehicle registration and insurance. 
A. Tow truck drivers must possess a valid tow tag, tow truck certificate of registration, tow truck application, cab-card, valid driver’s license, valid registration, and proof of insurance prior to being considered for an access pass or badge. All driver’s must pass the background check. When requesting a tow, it is recommended to ask if the driver meets the requirements.
A. There is no cost. As long as you pass the required vetting and show a requirement to be on the installation you will be given a pass or badge.
A. Visitors can get their passes and badges at building 885, Henry Ave outside Henry Gate. Commercial Vehicle drivers will be able to get their passes and badges from 12th St Gate.
A. RAPIDGate enrollment can be done at Estes or 12th Street ACPs. There are kiosks located inside.
A. Yes. Driver’s are required to have a pass or badge and must pass a background check. Driver’s must have a valid driver’s license, registration, insurance, and valid address for delivery for access.
A: The FR 103, Fort Riley Application for Access, can be found online at www.riley.army.mil/Units/Garrison-Command/Emergency-Services/Access-Information/ .

A. Driver's must possess a valid driver's license, valid taxicab operators license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. The driver must pass the same background check standards prior to being issued a pass or badge.
A. Dependents of CAC / ID card-holding civilians may apply for an Installation Access Pass or Badge with the CAC / ID card-holding civilian as the sponsor.
A. No. The Gold Star ID is an acceptable form of identification for entry to the installation. Proceed to the gate as you normally would.
A. Your are correct as long as your grandchildren are under the age of 18. If they are traveling in the same vehicle with you, they will not need visitor passes. Proceed to the gate as you normally would.
A. You will be required to get a visitor's pass when you come on to the installation. When you arrive, you may try to request a pass for a duration of longer than a day, but it will depend on the reason for your visit. The duration of a pass or badge is dependent on what your are doing on the installation.
A. Weddings are in a special category of events addressed in the new regulation, along with reunions, promotions, retirements and unit functions. The DOD sponsor for your event will need  to fill out a FR Form 104 (available on the Accessing Fort Riley page) and submit it to the Visitor Control Center prior to the day of the event. Your DOD sponsor is the unit or organization you coordinated with for your event (i.e. MWR, Chaplain's Office, tec). The Visitor Control Cneter will then inform the DOD sponsor which gate the guests should use for access (it does not necessarily have to be the Henry gate in this instance). Guests coming to post who do not have an accepted for of ID will be directed to the predetermined gate and they will be vetted against the attendee list your DOD sponsor provided in advance. Your tguests will need to bring a valid driver's license / photo ID with them.
A. If he would be traveling in the same vehicle as you (escorted), he needs an escorted visitor pass as you are a military ID card holder. However, if he was traveling in a separate vehicle from you (unescorted), he would need an unescorted visitor pass (and background check in order to get one). Both can be obtained from the Visitor Control Center.
A. Your Retiree or Sponsor ID card gives you authorization to take advantage of benefits earned / entitlements (ie; Exchange, Commissary, MWR, etc...) As a contractor / vendor, you are representing a company or business and regulatory guidance requires you to present a credential identifying you as such. The Installation Access Pass or Badge is that credential.
A. It depends on whether you (the military ID card holder) will be traveling in the same vehicle as your parents.
- If you will be in the same vehicle, then they would not need background checks but would need escort passes since the visit would be considered escorted by you as their sponsor. It does not matter whether you are the driver or not.
- If you will be in separate vehicles, then yes your parents will need background checks and visitor passes for the duration of their visit, as it would be considered unescorted.
A. Cab drivers will require to have their own Installation Access Pass or Badge to transport you on the installation. Background checks and visitors passes are provided for free, to visitors and businesses alike. Businesses must have a valid reason for needing access to post, and drivers must pass a background check. It is recommended that you ask the cab company whether their driver's have an access pass to enter the installation.
A. You would be required to obtain a pass for each visit.
A. A non DOD ID card holder can fill out an application and submit it to a government sponsor. The sponsor would fill out their information and justify the request for access and request the duration of the pass or badge. The government sponsor will submit the application to the Visitor Control Center and a background check will be completed. Upon completion of the background check the individual would be notified to report to the Visitor Control Center to finish the pass / badge process.
A.  Yes.  From 20 January 2015 through March 2015 the Visitor Control Center will be open to facilitate early requests for badges and passes.


A.  Yes.  An enrollment form will need to be filled out and submitted by a sponsor.  Once the background check is complete you will be notified to come to the Visitor Control Center to continue the badging process.
A.  Food delivery drivers will be required to get a visitor pass when they deliver food on the installation.  It should only add a few minutes to the delivery time, provided the delivery driver meets the criteria for receiving a visitor pass.
From the MCoE Regulation, Section B: Food Deliveries/Vendors:
          Vendors and drivers must apply for a visitor pass and be cleared through NCIC-III.
          Drivers must possess a valid state-issued Driver's License, state vehicle registration and proof of Insurance.
          All vehicles are subject to inspection prior to being granted access.
          Deliveries must have an on-post destination.
A.  Passes or badges can be issued for 24 hours to 1 year.  Persons will have to update their pass or badge once it expires with a new background check. Contractors should refer to thier current contract for length of access that is required.

A. There will be no change.  Proceed to the gate as you normally would.  If you are traveling in the same vehicle with visitors ages 18 and older, those visitors will require to be vetted at the Visitor Control Center and receive a pass.  Retirees that now work on the installation as civilians without a CAC will be considered a contractor and will be required to have an access badge.

A.  Yes.  Anyone coming on the installation for work is required to have a CAC or installation access pass or badge.
A.  No.  RAPIDGate does not conduct the same level of background check that is required.  All RAPIDGate customers will be required to have both an Installation Access Badge and their RAPIDGate Pass for access.  If the RAPIDGate customer passes a background check they will be issued a badge for 1 year.  If they do not pass they will receive their RAPIDGate pass without an Installation Access Badge and will not be authorized unescorted access.

A.  Yes.  If you are 18 or older you will be required to have a background check and would be issued a pass for the duration of your enrollment.   The school provides you additional information on how to submit your application.

A.   Currently USD 475 employees with a USD 475 badge may use that badge at any access control point for access to the installation.   Starting the FY16 School Year, all USD 475 employees requiring access to Fort Riley will be required to have an Access Badge for access.   School District administration will provide information to returning teachers in May 2015 on requirements and new teachers prior to the school year.

A.  If your son lives with you on post, he is eligible for an Installation Access Badge.  You will need to sponsor him for the badge.   Contact DES or the Visitor Control Center for more information on how to sponsor him.

A.  Yes.  As long as you pass a background check you will be able to receive a 24 hour pass based on the purpose of your visit.  The DES would serve as your sponsor in this instance.
A.  All visitors to the installation without a CAC or military ID will need a visitor's pass if they are going through an Access Control Point to include those riding bicycles.
A.  Your federal credentials are acceptable identification.  You do not need a visitor pass.  Proceed to the gate as you normally would.

A.   All persons without a DOD approved identification are required to have a background check to have unescorted access on the installation.   Only after a successful background check will a pass be issued.  If she does not need unescorted access and will be with you at all times she will qualify for an escorted pass which can be available at the Visitor Control Center.

A.  Your Retiree or Sponsor ID card gives you authorization to take advantage of benefits earned/entitlements (ie; Exchange, Commissary, MWR, etc…).  As a contractor/vendor, you are representing a company or business and regulatory guidance requires you to present a credential identifying you as such.  The Installation Access Pass or Badge is that credential.

A.  You are eligible for an Installation Access Badge.  If you have an Agent Card you can take that to the Visitor Control Center and receive a badge.   If you don’t have an Agent Card you will need to apply for an Access Badge and be vetted.

A.   You and each visitor with you 18 and over will need a visitor’s pass.  The Visitor Control Center can issue a pass good for the length of your visit so you only need to do the background check once.   This pass will allow you to enter through any access point.

A.  If you need to travel onto Fort Riley, you and any passenger in your vehicle 18 and over will need a background check and a visitor’s pass.  The passes will be valid for the duration of your visit.  Background checks and passes are given at the Henry Visitor Control Center.

A.  Your employees will need an Installation Access Pass or Badge.  They are available for contractors doing work on Fort Riley with an approved background check.  All employees are required to pass the background check to be granted a pass.  Contact your Government Employee Sponsor (GES) or Contracting Representative (COR) to submit the paperwork.  If you don't know who your GES is, contact the organization on Fort Riley you work the most with.

A.  Only two things can deny you complete access to the installation.  If your identity cannot be proven or if you are on the Terrorist Screening Database you will not be authorized access to Fort Riley.
A.  There are 11 different criteria that can deny someone unescorted access.  These include active warrants and felony convictions.  Other convictions that are considered against the good order and discipline of the installation may also deny unescorted access.  For specific information contact the Visitor Control Center at 785-239-2982.

A.  You will be required to go to the Henry Visitor Control Center for a NCIC check and receive a 24 hour visitor’s pass – or you can have someone bring your ID to you.  DOD Civilians will be vetted with a phone call to their director or deputy for access.  Soldiers will be vetted through a phone call to their command leadership or staff duty.  USD 475 personnel will be vetted through a phone call to the principle or school district.

A.  A sponsor is a government representative (with a DOD ID card) who validates access requirements to allow access for periods longer than 24 hours.  A sponsor must fill out their designated portion on the FR 103 application and submit it to the Visitor Control Center to be recognized.  Each directorate is responsible to have identified personnel who will serve as sponsors.

A.  An Agent Card allows a specific non-military person to shop on behalf of or with an authorized military patron on a temporary basis not to exceed one year, and is renewable annually.  Military patrons who are disabled, military dependents with non-military parents and 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 or to schedule an appointment, contact the Fort Riley ID Card Office (785-239-3654) or DEERS.

A.  Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 directs the Department of Defense to use the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) to vet personnel entering the installation that do not possess a U.S. Government Common Access Card (CAC), Installation Access Pass or Badge issued by Fort Riley Department of Emergency Services and/or Uniformed Services Identification (ID) Card.

A.  A non DOD ID card holder can fill out an application and submit it to a government sponsor.  The sponsor would fill out their information and justify the request for access and request the duration of the pass or badge.  The government sponsor will submit the application to the Visitor Control Center and a background check will be completed.  Upon completion of the background check the individual would be notified to report to the Visitor Control Center to finish the pass/badge process.

A.  Starting April 1, 2015, Fort Riley will vet all visitors and uncleared contractors requesting entry that do not possess a U.S. Government Common Access Card (CAC), Installation Access Badge issued by Fort Riley Department of Emergency Services, Uniformed Services Identification (Military ID) Card or Gold Star ID Card.  Visitors will need to go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) located next to Henry Gate off I-70 for a background check and a visitor’s pass.  The VCC is located to the right of the gate and is open 24/7.

A.  Anyone with a DOD ID card can be a sponsor.Soldiers, spouses, and retirees can sponsor visitors to the installation.  DOD Civilians, CAC holding contractors, and military personnel my sponsor contractors who are providing work for their organizations.

A.  All DOD Installations are required to meet regulatory requirements for access.All installations have been instructed by the Department of Defense to get into compliance.
A.  The Government-issued Veterans Administration ID is valid justification and proof of identity in order to obtain an Installation Pass. Veterans in possession of a Government-Issued Veterans Administration ID who are coming to Fort Riley for medical care should report to the Visitor Control Center to receive a 24 hour pass.

What if my question was not answered?

After you've reviewed these Frequently Asked Questions and other information about Accessing Fort Riley but still have a question or comment, please contact the Directorate of Emergency Services Security Branch / Visitor Control Center at usarmy.riley.imcom-central.mbx.des-vcc@mail.mil. You may also contact the Visitor Control Center via phone at 785-239-2982 or 785-239-3138. Comments may be submitted through ICE-Interactive Customer Evaluation.