Base Access

Update to REAL ID Requirements

Guidance for access to Marine Corps Installations East - Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune) regarding the recent release of MARADMIN 108/23 requiring REAL-ID compliant identification for access to Marine Corps facilities.

This message applies to non-REAL ID driver’s license and State issued identification cards only and does not apply to any other approved acceptable credentials. Refer to MCIEAST-MCB CAMLEJO 5530.25B for additional information on access procedures for CAC, dependent IDs, and other approved forms of acceptable identification for installation access.

In accordance with MARADMIN 108/23, non-REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses or identification cards are no longer authorized for use to access Marine Corps Installations WITHOUT ADDITIONAL PROOF OF IDENTITY. Effective immediately, all visitors with non-REAL ID driver’s license and State issued identification cards requesting access to MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River must provide an approved identity source document or combination thereof to access the installation(s).

An example of identity source documentation includes a U.S. passport, or the combination of an original or certified true copy of a birth certificate bearing a raised seal, social security card, and non-REAL ID compliant driver’s license or State issued identification card – all three documents must bear the same name. If the name on the documents is different due to marriage, divorce or legal name change, supporting documents such as a Court Order, Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree of acceptable name change must be provided. In this case, if the individual cannot provide all three of the source documents an escort is required, or access will be denied.

Additional information regarding REAL-ID is available via Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at


DODM 5200.08 Volume 3 (Physical Security Program: Access to DoD Installations)

MCO 5530.13 (Marine Corps Site Perimeter Access Control)

MARADMIN 108/23 (Updated REAL-ID Guidance for Site Perimeter Access Control FEB-2023)

MCIEAST-MCB CAMLEJO 5530.25B (MCB Camp Lejeune Access Control Regulation)


Base Access Procedures for Camp Lejeune

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune has implemented the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) to facilitate a secure and efficient means of accessing the installation. DBIDS ensures the protection of active duty personnel, family members and civilian employees while allowing controlled access to authorized patrons, contractors, vendors and sponsored visitors.

DoD ID card holders will automatically be enrolled in DBIDS after their first ID scan upon entering Camp Lejeune. DoD ID card holders may also sponsor visitors as outlined in the link below.

All unescorted visitors are required to obtain a DBIDS card or temporary paper pass at the Camp Lejeune Visitor Center or the Contractor Vetting Office in order to gain authorized access to Camp Lejeune. Unescorted visitors must be sponsored or on official business. Visitors will have their identity validated and be issued an appropriate DBIDS credential at no cost. Visitors must obtain a DBIDS credential at the Camp Lejeune Visitor Center (Bldg. TT-13). Contractors and vendors on official business must obtain a DBIDS credential at the Contractor Vetting Office (Bldg. 818).


DOD Civilian retirees: Please note the new requirements to access dod installations

Advancements in installation security access control systems and procedures, and the implementation of the REAL ID Act, will result in the termination of the DoD Civilian Retiree ID Card. Previously issued cards will remain valid through Aug. 31, 2023.



Visitor Center

The Camp Lejeune Visitor Center is located in Bldg. TT-13 adjacent the Wilson Boulevard Gate, just off N.C. Highway 24. (see map) The visitor center processes all visitor applications except contractors and vendors. Those visitors who have not been pre-vetted can expect longer wait times at the visitor center. Visitors can also arrange for their sponsor to meet them at the visitor center parking lot to be escorted onto the installation under the Trusted Traveler Program.

The visitor center is open Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays.

Phone: (910) 451-7734

Additional numbers: (910) 450-0281 / 0282 / 0283 / 0284 / 0286 / 0287 / 0288




Contractor Vetting Office

The Contractor Vetting Office is located in Bldg. 818 adjacent to the Camp Lejeune Main Gate on Holcomb Blvd, just off N.C. Highway 24. The CVO is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays.

Contractor Vetting Office - Appointments: 910-451-8558

Contractor Vetting Office - Questions: 910-451-3220

Taxi Vetting: 910-449-4208


Contractors approved for access will receive either a DBIDS credential or temporary pass, depending upon the length of time they require access to the installation. A DBIDS credential is issued to individuals requiring access for 61 days or more. A temporary pass is issued to individuals requiring access for 60 days or less. Contract specifications determine the length of pass.

Contractors will report to the Contractor Vetting Office (CVO) to confirm their access requirements, undergo a background check and receive their credential/pass.

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals with active warrants may be subject to arrest on the spot.



Gate Hours of Operation

  • Holcomb Boulevard (Main Gate) – 24/7
  • Wilson Boulevard – 24/7
  • Triangle Outpost (Hubert/Swansboro) – 24/7
  • Sneads Ferry – 24/7
  • Stone Bay – 24/7
  • Camp Johnson – 24/7
  • Midway Park – 24/7
  • Piney Green – Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open until 6:00 p.m. for outbound traffic only (closed on holidays)
  • Old Midway Park Gate - Permanently closed, effective Nov. 16, 2022 at 5 p.m.
  • Tarawa Terrace I – Monday through Sunday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tarawa Terrace II – Permanently closed
  • Butler Gate (Midway Park) – Permanently closed, effective Nov. 16, 2022 at 5 p.m.



Sponsored Visitor Requests





Contractors & Vendors





Command Events





DoDEA Special Events





Transportation Providers


  • Transportation providers such as taxis, limousines, shuttles and transportation network companies (TNC) provide an important transportation service option for the installation population. Transportation providers who comply with the provisions of this web page may access the installation during FPCON Alpha and Bravo, but will restricted during FPCON Charlie and Delta.
  • Click here for more information on the required provisions for transportation providers.




Veterans Expanded Access


  • To access the installation, veterans and caregivers authorized under the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, will need to stop by the Camp Lejeune Visitor Center at the Wilson Gate, just off NC-24 or the MCAS New River Visitor Center at the main gate on Curtis Drive.
  • Click here for access information and instructions.




Frequently Asked Questions

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 Who is allowed on Camp Lejeune?
  • Department of Defense affiliates and/or their authorized family members who possess a Common Access Card or DoD Uniformed Services Identification and Privileges Card (USID).
  • Persons with U.S. Government issued, DBIDS-authenticated, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials and a valid purpose to enter.
  • Persons on official business with a valid Camp Lejeune DBIDS credential.
  • Sponsored visitors with a valid Camp Lejeune DBIDS credential.
  • VHIC-holders and authorized caregivers.
 Who is considered a visitor under the Base Access Policy?
  • A visitor is a person who does not possess a valid government-issued Common Access Card, Department of Defense Uniformed Service ID and Privileges Card or a U.S. Government issued, DBIDS authenticated, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential.
 May I meet my guest at the gate and escort them onto Camp Lejeune?
  • Yes, follow the Trusted Traveler procedures outlined below:
    • The Trusted Traveler procedure allows a uniformed service member or government employee with a valid CAC, a military retiree (with a valid DoD identification card), or an adult dependent (with a valid DoD identification card) to present their identification card for verification while simultaneously vouching for up to five vehicle occupants.
    • DoD ID card holders identified as Trusted Travelers are responsible for the actions of all visitors for whom they vouch and must accompany their visitors at all times while on the installation.
    • Visitors aged 18 or older must be in possession of an acceptable identity source document/credential, such as a government-issued photo ID (e.g. Real ID Act compliant [or state approved extension] driver’s license, state identification card or passport), to establish their identity.
 How do non-affiliated persons access the base to visit trauma patients at the Naval Medical Center?
  • In cases of trauma, non-beneficiary family members will present to the Main Gate.  Sentries will contact the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL), who will send an escort to the gate for them.
  • In cases of follow-up, non-affiliated patients, immediate family members or non-family member patient transport driver will present to the visitor center (Bldg. TT-13) and follow established procedures for a DBIDS temporary pass. A Care and Appointment Letter, provided by the NMCCL, is required each time a pass is requested.
 What do I need for my vehicle to access the base?
  • All vehicles are subject to installation rules and regulations. Visitors must provide current liability insurance, current registration and proof of a valid Real ID Act compliant [or state approved extension] driver’s license.

Note: Per MARADMIN 595/18 and DoD Manual 5200.08 V3, after Oct. 1, 2020, driver licenses and identification cards marked “not valid for federal purposes”, “federal limits may apply” or any other similar language may not be accepted by DoD for the purpose of unescorted access (i.e. to obtain a Visitor Pass or DBIDS Credential).

 What might keep a visitor from getting on base?

Visitors may be denied access to MCB Camp Lejeune if they meet one of the following disqualifying factors:

  • On a National Terrorist Watch List
  • Illegally present in the US
  • Subject of an outstanding warrant or criminal summons
  • Knowingly submitted an employment questionnaire with false or fraudulent information
  • Issued a debarment order and is currently banned from any military installation
  • A prisoner on a work-release program or currently on felony probation/parole
  • A registered sex offender
  • Membership within the previous 10 years in any organization that advocated the overthrow of the US Government or affiliated with any gang activity
  • Is pending any felony charge
  • Has been convicted of any felony within the last 10 years

Has multiple (three or more) misdemeanor criminal convictions for offenses to include, but not limited to:

  • Drug offenses
  • Offenses of violence
  • Weapons offenses including those where the weapon was used as either the means of the violence or threat of violence
  • Larceny/theft
  • Any reason the Installation Commander deems reasonable for good order and discipline
 Who can I contact if I have more questions?

The point of contact for questions related to visitors and sponsorship is:
Visitor Center
Bldg. TT-13
(910) 451-7734, 450-0281 / 0282 / 0283 / 0284 / 0286 / 0287 / 0288


Hours: Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The point of contact for contractors/vendors is:
Contractor Vetting Office
Bldg. 818
(910) 451-3220 / 3353 / 3478 / 3359 / 3323


Hours: Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.