How to Request a Pass
We grant Pentagon press passes to media in
the D.C. area, who are at the Pentagon on a recurring basis. To
request a pass, do the following:
- Have your editor fax a letter on company letterhead, addressed to Ms. Tara Rigler,
Deputy Director, Defense Press Operations, to 703-697-3501.
- See the example
for what type of information needs to be included in the letter.
- Call to ensure we received your fax.
- Call us at 703-697-5131 in two days to see if your pass was approved.
Once the pass office approves a press pass, it must be picked up within 10
working days. If not, we will need to re-accomplish the request and you
will have to wait for re-approval.
If you do not have a background investigation, you will be granted a
temporary (6 months) pass. After you've had two temporary passes, you may
request a permanent (1 year) pass in the next request letter.
Foreign Press Passes
In addition to the request letter from your
editor, we also require a letter from your embassy, and your immigration
Reasons for Possible Denial of a Press Pass
The Deputy Director may
deny your request for the following reasons:
- Your organization has too many passes already
- You are not here often enough to merit granting a pass
Picking Up Your Pass
Bring two forms of photo ID and government
issued identification to verify your social security number to the Press
Office. We will have you sign some paperwork, and you'll take it down to the
Pass Office. The Pass Office closes at 3:30 p.m. and there is often a long
wait. Please plan accordingly. (the wait gets longer as you head to the end of
Please be sure to pay attention to when your pass
expires, and give yourself plenty of time to renew it. Don't wait until the
last day of the month!
Press parking is reserved for Lane 45, in North Parking.
Be sure to call the press office at 703-697-5131 to call your car in. You'll
need to provide your license plate number and state.
Useful Phone Numbers/Information
Defense Press Operations: 703-697-5131
Defense Press Operations Fax Number: 703-697-3501
Pass Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.