How to Request a Badge
We grant Pentagon press badges 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 bureau chief (or designate) fax or hand carry 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. To ensure smooth
processing of your paperwork, please follow the content in the template.
- Call to ensure we received your fax.
Please allow 5-7 working days for processing. We will call you once the
badging office approves your application. You have 10 working days to
pick up your approved application. After 10 days, we must resubmit the
request and wait for approval.
You will receive an initial, temporary three-month badge, followed
by a temporary, six-month badge upon renewal. After having two
consecutive, temporary passes, you may request a permanent one-year
pass in the next request letter.
Foreign Press Badges
In addition to the request letter from
your bureau chief (or designate), we require a letter from your embassy,
and a copy of your passport, visa and social security card.
Reasons for Possible Denial of a Press Badge
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 badge.
Picking Up Your Pass
Once you sign the security-awareness briefing form, we will give
you your application to take the badge office. If this is your
initial badge and you are a U.S. citizen, bring one form of
government-issued photo ID and identification to verify your
social security number. Foreign citizens must bring their passport,
visa, and social security card to receive a badge, whether it is
the initial or a renewal. The badge office closes at 4 p.m., and
there is often a long wait. Please plan accordingly. The wait gets
longer as it gets closer to the end of the month.
Renewing Your Badge
To avoid a lapse in your access, it is best to submit your paperwork
earlier in the expiration month so that we can process it and get it
back to you before your badge expires.
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 to avoid
ticketing and/or towing. You will need to provide the driver’s first
and last name, license plate number and state of registration.
Useful Phone Numbers/Information
Defense Press Operations: 703-697-5131
Defense Press Operations Fax Number: 703-697-3501
Pass Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.