Fort Meade Access Control Policy

(Click above for Fort Meade Installation Access Policy)

All visitors should report to the gate at the corner of Reece Road and MD Route 175 in Odenton. All other gates are for DoD identification card holders.

Demps Visitor Control Center
902 Reece Road
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday
(301) 677-1064 or (301) 677-1065

The VCC is closed on federal holidays and once per quarter, the third Wednesday of January, April, July, & October until 1 p.m. for training. Due to current staffing, unscheduled closures may be required. Please call ahead.

Gate Hours
  • Gate 1: Rockenbach Rd.
    • 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
    • Closed weekends, holidays, training holidays
    • Training holidays for FY19 are as follows: 2018- Nov. 9, Nov. 23, 2018, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 2019- Jan. 18, Feb. 15, May 24, July 5, August 30
  • Gate 3: Reece Rd. & MD Route 175
    • Demps Visitor Control Center Gate (24-hour access)
    • Demps Visitor Control Center Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Gate 4: Mapes Rd. & MD Route 175
  • Gate 5: Llewellyn Avenue and MD Route 175
    • 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
    • Closed on weekends and holidays
  • Gate 6: Pepper Rd. & MD Route 32
    • Open for construction vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday - Friday
    • Privately owned vehicles are not permitted entry at this gate
    • Authorized/Registered users may enter and exit via the bicycle gate
    • Pedestrians traffic is not allowed on the road
  • Gate 7: Mapes Rd. & MD Route 32
    • 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday - Friday
    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends and holidays
Visitor Control Center Installation Access Control Support
  • Issuance of temporary vehicle passes
  • Registration of personally owned firearms
  • Issuance of contractor, FMWR member, personal services and volunteer badges
  • Issuance of special badges and passes for organization van pool personnel
  • Issuance of COPS badges for authorized Meade High School students (Call for requirements)
  • Issuance of COPS badges for Picerne Housing residents and guests
  • Requests for events held on the installation
  • In/out processing
  • Directions and information
  • Access control background checks for contractors and personal services requests
Access to the Installation

All privately-owned vehicles driven onto Fort Meade are required to be licensed, registered, inspected and insured according to state and local laws. Vehicles entering the post are subject to a 100 percent identification check and all vehicles are subject to inspection by Fort Meade Force Protection personnel.

To enter the installation, Department of Defense ID card holders are only required to show a Common Access Card (CAC), military identification card, or other approved access credential issued by the Fort Meade Visitor Center. Visitors who do not have a CAC, military ID or approved access credential must access the installation using the main gate at Reece Road and Maryland State Route 175. Reece Road is the only visitor access gate to Fort Meade; follow signs to the vehicle inspection station. All other gates are designated for Department of Defense identification card holders or other approved access credentials.

Those who are not DoD affiliated personnel must have a valid purpose for entering the installation. To avoid delays visitors should be accompanied by a DoD ID cardholder (generally a Service member or federal employee). At a minimum, visitors should be prepared to present two forms of identification with one being a driver's license if operating a motor vehicle when entering the installation.

Visitors should proceed directly to the Vehicle Inspection Station when entering the installation. To get to the Vehicle Inspection Station, take the first right after entering at Reece Road, follow the road through the parking lot and to the adjoining perimeter road to the Vehicle Inspection Station. Visitors (non-DoD ID card holders) that attempt to enter any other gate will be redirected to Reece Road.

Contractors, Personal Service Providers, volunteers, and other individuals conducting legitimate business on the installation may receive an extended access credential and Vehicle Pass when properly sponsored by an authorized individual, organization or resident. Individuals requiring access in excess of 30 days, to include contractors or other service providers, must submit appropriate documents to the Visitor Center through their sponsoring organization or activity. For more information regarding post access call the Visitor Control Center at (301) 677-1064 or 1065, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Event Access

Access requests for events taking place at a Fort Meade facility should be submitted directly to that facility at least ten working days before the date of the event.

The facility will then forward the access request to the VCC for posting at the gates. Requests for access to private functions should be submitted directly to the VCC by the ID card holder hosting the event. Please submit it no later than ten working days prior to the event. The list needs to include the type of event, date, time, location, point of contact's name and phone number, total number of guests and an alphabetized list of guests by last name.

Please use the VCC Event Quest Form. Incomplete forms may result in the person not being able to be pre-vetted.

Call 301-677-1064 or 301-677-1065.

Weapons Registration

Individuals living on Fort Meade must register their privately¬owned firearms with the weapons registration section of the Directorate of Emergency Services within 72 hours after establishing residency on Fort Meade. Proof of ownership is required for registration.

Individuals living in family housing, bachelor enlisted quarters, or bachelor officer quarters may store firearms and ammunition in their quarters. Firearms and other projectile firing weapons stored in quarters are required to be unloaded and secured in a locked container (such as a gun cabinet, lockable closet, or gun case) or have a trigger¬locking or action¬blocking device on the weapon. Firearms and projectile firing weapons that cannot be stored in this manner should be stored in a designated arms room. Ammunition will be stored separately from the container in which the firearm or weapon is stored.

Lost or stolen weapons should be reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services immediately.

FGGM Regulation 190-13 Installation Physical Security on Fort Meade

Maryland Vehicle Registration

For information about registering a vehicle in the state of Maryland, visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website at A valid driver's license, identification card, current vehicle registration and proof of insurance that shows dates of coverage, policy number and VIN are required.

**Directions to Fort Meade

From Washington D.C.:Take Interstate 95 or I-295 N toward Baltimore to MD State Route 175 E. Follow 175 E until it turns into Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate. Be prepared to present identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at the gate.

From Baltimore:Take Interstate 95 or I-295 S toward Washington, D.C. to MD State Route 175 E. Follow 175 E until it turns into Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate. Be prepared to present identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at the gate.

From Annapolis: Take US 50/301 W to Interstate 97 N toward Baltimore. Take MD State Route 32 W toward Odenton/Fort Meade. Take MD State Route 175 W, Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate. Be prepared to present identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at the gate.

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