People to People Sponsor Access Procedures for Fort Leavenworth

Greater Kansas City People to People (GKCPTP) sponsors, their spouses, family members and guests (passengers) age 16 and older must have a Locally Approved Credential (LAC) card issued by the Fort, [or a Department of Defense (DOD) card], in order to enter the base. Without LAC cards, visitors are required to go through a background check and receive a day pass at the new Visitor Control Center. Each vehicle occupant will present a driver’s license or other government photo identification, the vehicle’s registration and insurance, and state their reason for visiting Fort Leavenworth.

The background check will occur at the Visitor Control Center, which is located at the corner of 4th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. See the information below to learn the process and the documents you must have with you in order to obtain Fort access.
Every person age 16 or older must have a current LAC/DOD card to avoid going through the Visitor Control Center and background check. Persons under the age of 16, however, can enter the Fort with a person holding a valid LAC or DOD card, without first going to the Visitor Control Center.

No Escort Privileges

Importantly, the base no longer allows escort privileges, where a person with an access card could escort a guest (passenger) into the Fort by merely showing the guest's driver's license or passport.

How to obtain your Locally Approved Credential (LAC) Cards

Greater Kansas City People to People (GKCPTP) sponsors and family members can apply for an LAC card by completing  the attached ACCESS CONTROL form and sending it to Pat Burnett or Sharon Valasek by email or fax. Each person requesting an LAC card must complete the access credential application. The signature page can now be signed when you are picking up your pass.

  • Access Credential Application - fill in the requested information.

We urge GKCPTP members to complete the form in order to avoid the rush that may occur when a new class of international military students arrives. Once approved, the sponsor will be notified on how to pick up the LAC card. LAC cards will be good for 12 months from date of issuance.
Email. Complete form, scan it and email to Pat Burnett: or Sharon Valasek:
Fax. Complete form and fax it to: Pat Burnett: 816-746-0309 or Sharon Valasek:  816.942-0214.
A sample form is attached that can be used as a guide. If you have further questions about completing the access form, or about the new access policy, contact:

These contact e-mails can only assist members of People to People sponsoring international officers.

Please follow the above protocol in applying for LAC.  Do not submit your paperwork directly to the Fort.  The military committee needs the paper trail to help you in the event that there is a problem with your application.

How to pickup your approved LAC ID.

When you are notified that your credentials are approved, passes need to be picked up within 30 days. There have been some problems with the machine that creates the ID card, so it is advisable to call the Visitor Control Center, 913-684-3600, prior to driving to Leavenworth.  If there are any problems while you are there, call Mike Brettmann's personal cell at 913-724-2864.

NEW Visitor Control Center Hours for LAC processing:
MEMORIAL DAY  0700-1600

Bring a valid photo id to the Visitor Control Center at Sherman gate. There you will have your photo taken and ID card made.
Kansas residents need only a current KS driver’s license.
Missouri residents will need identification in addition to their driver’s license to pick up their credentials.
Supplemental documentation to prove identity:
* United States Passport or United States Passport Card
* Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
* Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551)
printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa
* Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
* In the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific
employer incident to status, a foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94Abearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
* School identification card with a photograph
* U.S. Military or draft record

If you are attending a function at the Fort and you are unable to enter due to LAC difficulties, please address the situation in the following

  1. Reach out to your officer to escort you on post.
  2. Call Mike Brettmann: 913-724-2864.
  3. Call Jim Fain: 913-683-8584.


Further information including a map of the Fort may be found at:

Additional Information on Base Access Policy

Visitor Control Center (VCC) Information

Visitor and commercial vehicles:
If you do not have an ID card listed on the Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID cards website, you must stop by the VCC at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 4th Street. Follow directional signs to the center's parking lot.

At the VCC, reception clerks will verify that the vehicle driver has a valid license, registration and proof of insurance and that all passengers, 16 and over, have either a driver's license or other form of photo ID. Following a routine background check, visitors will receive a Temporary Pass and instructions allowing them to enter the installation. 

Don't be intimidated by our access procedures. Fort Leavenworth encourages visitors to our historic post and you are welcome here. These security measures are to keep all of us safe.

The VCC is OPEN 6:30 am - 4:30 pm everyday and most Federal Holidays.
The VCC is CLOSED on the following Federal Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Grant gate will NOT issue temporary visitor passes after the VCC is closed!All visitors who have a need to get on post after the VCC is closed, must have a LAC / Pass (see below) or must be escorted.

View the "Access Control Quick Reference Guide".


Fort Leavenworth is in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act, go to:

This means visitors with drivers licenses from non-compliant states will need to provide supplemental documentation to prove identity (see link below) in order to be issued a temporary installation pass. 
View "Supplemental documentation to prove identity".

If a visitor requesting access does not have REAL ID Act compliant form of identification and cannot provide supplemental identity proofing documents, they must be escorted at all times while on the installation. All persons requesting unescorted access will continue to be vetted through the National Crime Information Center, prior to being issued a locally produced ID or pass.

Locally Approved Credential (LAC) or Temporary Pass

Individuals eligible to receive a LAC are:
- Non-DoD civilians who are employed on Fort Leavenworth.
- Those who have a regular / recurring requirement to access Post and are sponsored by an approved Army employee.
- Personnel residing on Fort Leavenworth not issued a DOD ID.

LAC ID card:
View the LAC Application Form. Fill out form and sign the Acknowledgement Statement. Provide the application to your appointed Government sponsor for them to complete. Turn the application into the VCC for processing.

Once approved, the applicant will go to the VCC to receive their LAC picture ID card.

Temporary Pass up to 30 days:
Individuals sponsored by a Uniformed Service Member or their spouse may receive up to a 30 day pass. The sponsor is required to accompany the visitor to the VCC at the time the pass is issued. No prior paperwork is required.

Temporary Pass up to seven days:
Individuals who successfully pass the require background check are eligible for up to a 7 day pass (depending on the purpose and duration of the visit). No prior paperwork is required.

Pre-vetted Pass:
These passes may be issued up to seven days before the visit or event. Example, for an event on 20 May, a day pass can be issued on 14 May to be used on 20 May. Pre-vetted passes give personnel the opportunity to visit the VCC during off peak customer times. Help us and your event be a success by planning ahead.

Foreign Nationals:
Contact the Garrison Security Office at 684-1752 / 1712 for questions concerning access by foreign nationals.

Submitting Personally Identifiable Information (PII):
The Visitor Control Center requires certain PII in order to conduct security background checks. Generally, this information is obtained when you come to the VCC. On occasion, pre-vetting is necessary for special events or other exceptions. Do not send PII (Name, SS#, Date of Birth, etc) through unsecured means such as email, text, etc. If you desire to submit documents with PII electronically, you must use the Army's approved Safe Access File Exchange (SAFE) website
View "Instructions for submitting secure documents from non-DOD email"


RAPIDGate is a voluntary program to allow businesses the option of receiving up to a 12 month ID for use at Fort Leavenworth. The program is recognized and approved by the U.S. Army. 

If you have questions regarding the RAPIDGate Program and companies that service Fort Leavenworth may initiate enrollment by calling 1.877.RAPIDGate (1.877.727.4342).

View the RAPIDGate Info paper.

We strongly encourage you to review the program benefits that this program offers. It will assist us with streamlining access for your employees; improving the ability of our access control personnel and maintaining higher levels of security and efficiency. 


- All U.S. military personnel who operate a motorcycle and/or scooter are required to present a valid Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) card and their CAC card to Gate Security Officers prior to entering the installation. Personnel who fail to present a valid MSF or CAC card will be denied access to the installation.

- Unregistered weapons will NOT be allowed to enter the installation. Newly assigned personnel have 72 hours to register weapons at the Weapon Registration office in the VCC. 

Visit the Fort Leavenworth gate information page for additional information.

Click here to download a map of Fort Leavenworth and the new access procedures..