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