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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 security personnel.

Department of Defense ID cardholders 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 to enter the installation. 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. All other gates are designated for DoD identification cardholders or other approved access credentials.

Those who are not DoD affiliated personnel must have a valid purpose for entering the installation. At a minimum, visitors should be prepared to present a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration documents when entering the installation.

There is also no requirement for one-day visitors to enter the Demps Visitor Control Center on Reece Road; visitors should proceed directly to the Vehicle Inspection Station when entering the installation for a special event or meeting. 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 cardholders) 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 Demps 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 through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Temporary Vehicle Passes

301-677-1064 or 1065

Temporary Vehicle Passes will be issued to contractors and guests that do not have a DoD ID Card and require access to the installation for two days or more. Passes will be issued for up to one year. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, original registration and proof of current insurance.

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.

Weapons Registration

DEMPS Visitor Center

902 Reece Road

301-677-1064 or 1065

Individuals living on Fort Meade must register their privately owned firearms at the DEMPS Visitor Center 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.