WELCOME TO JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD
Home of I-Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the home of I-Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound Region, JBLM is the Department of Defense's premiere military installation on the West Coast and one of the most requested duty stations in the military.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord has approximately 40,000 service members (including active duty, national guard and reserve) and another 15,000 civilian employees. The installation supports a population of roughly 120,000, including military Families, contractors, retirees and others.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord encompasses 413,714 acres, 90,283 acres at JBLM and 323,431 acres at Yakima Training Center. Both installations are key to service member readiness, allowing troops to maneuver in more than 50 training areas, fire at more than 90 ranges or shoot artillery, mortars and other munitions into multiple impact areas.
Vehicles entering Joint Base Lewis-McChord are required to have either an adult authorized ID cardholder in the vehicle or an authorized visitor pass. To obtain the pass, the vehicle operator must process at a visitor center and present the following: A valid vehicle registration, proof of current vehicle insurance, valid driver's license. Click here for directions to JBLM.
The Lewis-Main, Lewis-North Visitor Control Center | (253) 967-4794/966-8139
The Lewis-Main, Lewis-North Visitor Control Center is located on Exit 120 off of I-5 near Liberty Gate and is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Visitor Passes will be issued to all non-DoD persons with a valid reason for entering the installation. A visitor pass can be issued for up to 90 days for all non-DoD personnel. A security-vetting process will be completed on each non-DoD individual prior to receiving a visitor pass. This includes all non-DoD passengers riding in a non-DoD person’s vehicle.
In addition to providing passes for non-affiliated visitors to JBLM, the Visitor Control Center also conducts Automated Installation Entry Registration, Weapons Registration, and Vehicle Registration. During the hours that the Center is closed, visitors should proceed to Liberty Gate for processing.
McChord Field Visitor Control Center | (253) 982-2588
The McChord Field Visitor Control Center is located on Exit 125 off of I-5 near McChord Field Gate and is open 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. In addition to providing passes for non-affiliated visitors to JBLM, the Visitor Control Center also conducts Automated Installation Entry Registration, Weapons Registration, and Vehicle Registration. During the hours that the Center is closed, visitors should proceed to McChord Field Gate for processing.
What is Automated Installation Entry (AIE)?
Joint Base Lewis-McChord upgraded to the Army’s Automated Installation Entry II+ (AIE II+) at reinstalled AIE capable installation Access Control Points (ACP) to enhance security and expedite access to base. AIE II+ leverages technology that will increase security for Soldiers, Family members, DoD civilians, retirees, contract employees, and guests by verifying identity of the individual(s) and ensuring they meet Army approved access standards against FBI criminal and terrorist authoritative databases.
What do you need to know about AIE II+?
The AIE II+ fielding upgrade will verify and display to the guard the driver’s access status. If all checks are successfully passed during the ID card scan the lane traffic light will turn “Green” and the gate arm will lift to allow access through the ACP. Card holders will drive up to an AIE II+ pedestal and scan their ID card at a scanner. Once their card is read, the individual’s credentials will be validated against federal and post records. Guards will be monitoring the information retrieved from the ID cards and once it is verified, entrance will be granted.
Real ID Act of 2005
On May 1, 2016, Joint Base Lewis-McChord began fully enforcing the provisions of the Real ID Act of 2005. Under provisions of this act, driver's license and ID cards from certain states and territories are not valid for unescorted access to JBLM. Click on the following link for the Department of Homeland Security website to determine the status of each state and territory Current Status of States/Territories. Persons requesting unescorted access to JBLM and who present a standard license or ID from one of those states will be required to present additional documentation to verify their identity prior to being allowed access to JBLM. Click here for a list of acceptable documents.