Pentagon Tours


Security guidelines for all Pentagon visitors.


At least one form of current proper identification, with photo, is required for visitors age 18 and older to enter the Pentagon. Valid forms of identification that must be presented include:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Driver's license or identification card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States, provided it contains a photograph and meets the REAL ID standards
  • Identification card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies, provided it contains a photograph
  • U.S. Government Personal Identity Verification, Common Access Card
  • DOD Affiliated Identification Cards (Retirees, Dependents, and Inactive Reservists)
  • Native American Tribal Document
  • U.S. Border Crossing Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-551 or I-551)
  • Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa
  • Foreign passport

NOTE: Visitors 17 years of age and under require no identification when accompanied by an adult with a DOD building pass or one of the above forms of identification.

Arrival and Check-In

Arrive 60 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow time for processing through building security. Your tour may be cancelled if your group has not checked in at the Pentagon Tours window prior to your scheduled tour time.


There is no public parking at the Pentagon. Public parking is available at the Pentagon City mall. The use of public transportation is highly encouraged.

Confirmation Email

You must present a copy of your confirmation email and identification for all members of your tour group to the Pentagon Police personnel upon arrival to the Metro entrance at the Pentagon.

Purses and Bags

All purses and bags carried into the Pentagon are subject to search.

Recording Devices

No photographs may be taken during the tour. No video cameras, tape recorders, or any other kind of electronic recording device may be used during the tour.

Tour Pace

Tour groups must keep up with the tour pace and follow the tour guide's instructions to allow Pentagon personnel to pass by on either side.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited inside the building: Items that may cause bodily harm (mace, knives, box cutters, pepper spray, etc.) and large bags (i.e., knapsacks, camera bags, backpacks, and shopping bags, etc.). Anyone with those items will not be allowed on the tour.

Prohibited Along the Tour

The following items are allowed in the building but cannot be used during the tour: Electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, picture or video cameras, PDAs, BlackBerrys, laptops, tablets, etc.) and tobacco products. You are encouraged to leave these items in the hotel, bus, or van or at home, as having them will slow down the processing into the building.

Security Briefing

A security briefing is provided prior to every tour, and all visitors must pass through a security scanning device similar to those found at airport security checkpoints.

Any violation of these security measures will cause the tour to be terminated.