Gate Access

Hours for the Fort Bliss Visitor Control Centers are as follows:

  • Buffalo Soldier 24 Hours/7 Days a Week
  • Chaffee 24 Hours/7 Days a Week


Fort Bliss requires civilian visitors to obtain a Visitor’s Pass to obtain access to the military base by presenting a valid U.S. Government Issued ID (driver’s license, passport, State ID, etc.) inside one of the following Visitor Control Centers (VCC).

NOTE: Effective 01/2016, Driver’s Licenses from Arizona, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington are no longer accepted as a valid single form of ID to access Fort Bliss, due to their non-compliance with the Real ID Act. Visitor’s who posses Driver’s Licenses from these states should bring an alternate form permissible ID for access to include: U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, or additional options listed here.

As a reminder, all drivers requiring entry to the installation must possess a valid state issued driver’s license, vehicle registration document, and proof of insurance for a pass to be issued. All vehicles are subject to random security inspections.

All DOD ID card holders (military, dependent, retiree, and DOD/DA civilians) are authorized to escort those that do not possess a DOD ID card or Visitor’s pass onto the installation. Individuals being escorted must possess a valid form of government issued ID card (state driver’s license or ID card) and present it when entering at the gate. If an individual does not possess a valid form of government issued ID, they cannot be escorted. DOD ID card holders escorting visitors assume responsibility for the escorted visitors. The authorized escort must remain with their guests at all times while they are on the installation.