Force Protection

Welcome Aboard!  

The Naval Station Great Lakes Security Department investigates, apprehends, or detains individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States and the UCMJ.  We provide 24-hour service with a team of Military and Civilian Officers.

Whether you are visiting our installation or assigned here, it is our goal to provide a safe and secure environment to live, work, learn and train.

Visitor Information and Traffic Regulations

All personnel and their vehicles entering Naval Station Great Lakes are subject to inspection by Naval Security Force Personnel and/or Military Working Dogs.

Visitors in private vehicles are required to use the Main Gate entrance located on Farragut Ave.  Commercial vehicles shall use the Gate 5.  Visitors should have their identification and driver's license readily available when entering the base to expedite entry and to assist security personnel in keeping the traffic flow moving.  If stopped upon entry for an administrative inspection, follow the officer’s instructions.

Possession of weapons aboard Naval Station Great Lakes is prohibited under Federal Law. Violators will be apprehended and weapons confiscated. Please call the base armory at 847-688-6795 for any questions.


The base-wide speed limit is 25 MPH unless otherwise posted.

Notable Exceptions:

  • 5 MPH in all parking lots.
  • 15 MPH in all housing areas.

Naval Station Great Lakes has a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy for speeding in housing areas.  Security Force personnel utilize radar for traffic enforcement.

Motorcycles – Naval Station Great Lakes regulations require the use of an approved D.O.T. helmet, proper outerwear, long sleeves, pants and boots to operate a motorcycle on base. A reflective vest is required to operate a motorcycle during the hours of darkness.  Personnel assigned to Naval Station Great Lakes are required to complete an approved Motorcycle Safety Course every 3 years before registering a motorcycle on base.

DUI - Security Personnel aggressively enforce DUI laws on base. Violators will be apprehended and their vehicle impounded.

Radar Detectors  - The operation of radar detectors and jammers on base is prohibited. Violators will be ticketed and the device confiscated.

Seatbelts  - Seatbelts are mandatory for all vehicle occupants while on base. Naval regulations mandate the use of seatbelts for all military personnel off base as well.

Cell Phones  - The use of cell phones, including in-ear hands-free devices, while driving on base is prohibited. Violators will be ticketed.

Visitor Control Center (Pass and I.D.)

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 0600-1600

Saturday: 0800-1130

Sunday and Holidays (CLOSED)

Contact numbers: 847-688-5648 or 2407


Visitor Control Center is closed on the below Federal Holidays: 

  • New Year's Day (January 1).
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington's Birthday (Third Monday in February).
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May).
  • Independence Day (July 4).
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September).
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October).
  • Veterans Day (November 11).
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November).
  • Christmas Day (December 25).

Visitor Control Center is located in Building 6130 adjacent to the Naval Station Great Lakes Main Gate. Vehicle registration is conducted during normal working hours.  The following information is required for vehicle registration:

Vehicle registration.

  • Current proof of insurance.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • DoD identification card.
  • Borrowed vehicle drivers must present a notarized authorization letter from the vehicle's owner.
  • Rental vehicles drivers must present a current rental agreement in the driver's name.
  • Personnel residing in housing not on active duty or retired will be required to submit vehicle information to the base housing office. The housing office will conduct background checks and submit paperwork to Pass and ID for passes. At no time will general base access be granted to non-military affiliated personnel. 

Traffic Tickets

The Great Lakes Police Department aggressively enforces all traffic regulations on Federal property.  If you receive a traffic ticket on any installation property with a mandatory court appearance, you MUST appear in traffic court on the date specified on the citation. Failure to appear WILL result in the revocation of your base driving privileges. Additionally, military personnel could be subject to UCMJ action.  If you are a civilian or are non-base affiliate and receive a Federal Magistrate citation, the Magistrate's Court will notify you of your court date.  If you have questions regarding traffic citations, call 847-688-5555 x233.  

  • Military personnel must appear in the uniform of the day and be accompanied by a representative from their chain of command.
  • Dependents must be accompanied by their sponsor.

The courtroom is located inside the Visitor Control Center building (6130).


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