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Site Entry Requirements

Identification credentials below are required to access the laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory is a controlled access facility, and anyone entering the site must be authorized. Employees, Site Occupants, Users, and Visitors all must present valid site access credentials upon entry.

All Users and Visitors must be pre-authorized by a host and issued a Visitor Gate Pass or User Badge prior to entry.

    Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification

    All visitors 16 years of age or over must present a valid form of photo identification. Failure to provide valid site access credentials or valid photo identification will result in denial of access.

    For U.S. Citizens

    U.S. citizens can become pre-authorized by contacting a designated Laboratory host to obtain a Gate Pass. Visitors requiring Laboratory access for more than 90 days must register at Argonne’s Visitor Registration page. A link to the page will be sent to the visitor by the designated Laboratory host.

    The following is a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, which must be valid.

    • Driver’s license
    • State-issued ID
    • U.S. passport
    • Federally issued identification
    • HSPD-12 credentials
    • IDs from other DOE/NNSA Laboratories
    • Original school- or university-issued ID, PLUS a birth certificate or Social Security card (if under the age of 18)

    For more information on site access for U.S. citizens, contact the Argonne Information Center at (630) 252-5755 or your Laboratory host.

    For Non-U.S. Citizens (Foreign Nationals)

    All non-U.S. citizens (foreign nationals) are required to obtain approval through the Foreign Visits and Assignments (FV&A) Office by first registering at Argonne’s Visitor Registration page. A link to the page will be sent to the foreign national by the designated Laboratory host. All foreign nationals must be approved for a visit before they can be issued a Visitor Gate Pass. Depending upon the country of birth and the citizenship, approval could take seven (7) business days or longer for processing. For more information on site access for foreign nationals, contact the FV&A Office at (630) 252-1142 or your Laboratory host.

    After approval from the Foreign Visits and Assignments (FV&A) Office and upon arrival at Argonne, foreign nationals must bring their valid original passport and applicable visa with any United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documentation supporting the visa status and/or renewal. These documents include:

    • F-1: passport, visa, and I-20
    • J-1: passport, visa, and DS2019
    • B-1: passport, visa, and I-94
    • H-1: passport, visa and I-94, or passport, I-797, and I-94
    • EAD card (OPT status): passport, EAD card, and I-20 (include third page of I-20)

    Note: Foreign nationals with the following visa classifications are NOT eligible to hold either an Argonne appointment or conduct hands-on work at an Argonne user facility: WT, B-2, J-2, F-2, and H-4.

    Canadian Citizens
    Canadian citizens must present a valid passport, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS* or FAST*). U.S. citizens residing in the following states can obtain Enhanced Driver’s Licenses: Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington. Canadian citizens residing in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec may obtain Enhanced Driver’s Licenses.

    Mexican Citizens
    Mexican citizens are required to present a passport with a visa or a Border Crossing Card. A SENTRI* Traveler Program card is also acceptable.

    Bermudian Citizens
    Bermudian citizens are required to present a valid passport.

    For Minors

    A minor is any individual who is under the age of eighteen (18) years as of their visit to the Laboratory. Minors under sixteen (16) years of age are not required to obtain a Visitor Gate Pass. Argonne National Laboratory supports the inclusion of minors in educational opportunities, and certain minors may visit Argonne for purposes such as a personal visit; tours hosted by divisions, directorates, or user facilities; educational/outreach visit; or a research-focused visit or a user facility/partnership visit. For more information on the Laboratory’s minor policy, contact your designated Laboratory host.

    For Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.

    Upon arrival at Argonne, legal permanent residents of the U.S. must bring their LPR Card (aka Green Card) and a government-issued identification document that includes a photograph, such as a driver’s license. If the LPR Card is pending, a valid passport and work authorization extension (EAD card, I-20, DS-2019, I-797) must be provided with an I-485 or I-551 stamp.

    For Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Participants

    VWP participants must present their valid original passport with a valid I-94 stamp.

    Effective January 9, 2009, foreign travelers coming into the U.S. under the VWP must pre-authorize” themselves online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). It is recommended that you log into ESTA as far in advance of your travel as possible, but not less than 72 hours before departure.

    For Persons with a Change in Citizenship

    If you have become a U.S. citizen, you will need to present an original and valid U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or U.S. Certificate of Naturalization paper when you arrive at Argonne. Please notify the FV&A Office of this in advance of your arrival.

    *The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) establishes document requirements for travel by land or sea into the United States from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean and Bermuda. Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) cards are for entry into the United States from Mexico, and NEXUS cards are for entry into the United States from Canada. Free and Secure Trade (FAST) cards are available to commercial drivers crossing both the northern and southern borders into the United States.

    While You Are Here

    Gate Pass and badge Identification

    • All individuals while on Laboratory property are required to wear their Gate Pass conspicuously, photo side out, in a location above the waist and on the front of the body.
    • Keep the Gate Pass in good condition and have it replaced if it is damaged or there is a change in your legal name or appearance.
    • Protect the Gate Pass against loss, theft, or misuse.
    • Report lost or stolen Gate Passes immediately to the Argonne Protective Force +1-630-252-5730.
    • Gate Passes should not be altered, photocopied, counterfeited, reproduced, photographed, or posted on the internet.
    • When not on U.S. Department of Energy-owned or leased property, Gate Passes should be removed or obscured from visual access.

    Prohibited Articles

    All individuals entering Laboratory property are subject to vehicle search. Signs posted at all Laboratory entrances delineate prohibited articles that cannot be introduced to the site (e.g., firearms, weapons, explosives/incendiary devices, radioactive sources, open containers of alcohol, illegal drugs, and pets).

    Rules of the Road

    All individuals operating a motor vehicle onsite must adhere to all Illinois Rules of the Road. Use of cell phones (even hands-free) while driving onsite is prohibited. Helmets are required for all motorcycle and bicycle traffic.