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Base Access

NAWS China Lake is not open to the general public. Everyone that wishes to gain access to the installation must go through a vetting process prior to being approved for a badge. The type of badge received will depend on the purpose and duration of the visit.

Pass and ID Office (formerly the Visitor Center)

The Pass and ID Office processes all badge requests.


Next to the Main Gate.

Normal Hours

6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Non-flex (working) Fridays

Closed flex (non-working) Fridays, weekends and holidays 

Non-working Fridays for 2013 are:  June 21; July 5; Aug. 2, 16 and 30;  Sept. 13 and 27; Oct.  11 and 25; Nov. 8 and 22; Dec. 6 and 20

Furlough Hours (Jul. 15 through Aug. 30, 2013)

6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Closed Fridays

Badge Process

The process for obtaining a badge to access NAWS China Lake can be made easier by following these steps:

  • Upon entering Pass & ID, sign in. The clerks will take people in order of sign-in to ensure fairness to all people waiting for badges. The only exceptions will be military personnel in uniform, people with physical disabilities, people who are dropping off badge requests (with badges to be picked up at a later time) or DoD personnel who are picking up completed badges that had been requested at least 72 hours earlier.
  • Have all proper, completed paperwork. See Types of Badges and Request Requirements below for all the necessary documentation for each type of badge. Sponsor-signed badge request forms should have already been submitted to Pass and ID or hand-carried by the employee or visitor AT LEAST 72 hours prior to being picked up. While sometimes this isn't possible, less than 72 hours should be the exception, not the rule.
  • Unless a base employee picking up temporary badges for visitors or customers, each person entering Pass and ID to request a badge MUST present a current driver’s license, as well as current vehicle registration and current proof of insurance, or rental car agreement.

Types of Badges and Request Requirements

Day Pass

  • A sponsor.
  • Completed Badge Request Form 5530/1 (Rev. 07-2013)
  • If a contractor, vendor or service provider, an I-9 form will be required. I-9s are not required for those in possession of a clearance; however the SMO verification block on the badge request form should always be completed with an authorized classified signer.
  • Current vehicle registration.
  • Current proof of insurance.
  • Current driver’s license.

Community Badge or DoD Dependent Badge

  • Completed Badge Request Form 5530/1 (Rev. 07-2013).
  • Current vehicle registration.
  • Current proof of insurance.
  • Current driver’s license.
  • A sponsor. In most cases, the sponsor needs to be present when the applicant picks up the badge unless special authority has been granted by the NAWS Physical Security Department.  The sponsor must provide their own badge to Pass and ID personnel to verify they can sponsor a community badge. 

Area Access Badge or Official Visitor

An area access badge will be required to access secured areas when current photo badges expire.  They will be used in conjunction with the Common Access Card (CAC) or the Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) badge. 

  • A CAC or a NCACS badge.
  • A sponsor. Sponsors can sign for secured areas up to a 90-day area access badge if they have the area indicator on their own badge, with the exception of the area “R.”
  • Badges for secured areas over 90 days must have the areas signed by the appropriate signatories, which have been authorized per memo.
  • Completed Badge Request Form 5530/1 (Rev. 07-2013).

If emailing the badge request form, please:

  • Send to Pass and ID AT LEAST 72 hours in advance of the desired pick-up date.
  • If sending from an NMCI e-mail account, be sure to encrypt the message by clicking on the envelope with the blue lock on your Outlook tool bar.  If you don’t have an envelope with a blue lock, call the NMCI helpdesk.
  • Please type in DIGITALLY SIGNED in the signature block. Put the visitor's or event name and the date the badge is needed in the subject line.

It is not recommended to mail a badge request form, unless sufficient time is allowed for mail service.  The mailing address is 1 Administration Circle, STOP 1202, China Lake, CA 93555-6100. 


Special Event Badge

Special event badges are used for events held on base that include non-badged personnel, such as members of the general public or family members.  Events can be an office party, wedding, funeral, grad nights, etc. 

  • A completed Special Event Access Request Form 5530/3 (03-2013).
  • Submit event information to as soon as the event is confirmed, but at least TWO weeks prior to the event.  You will be contacted by NAWS Public Affairs as to what type of information you will need to submit for all event visitors. 
  • Special events with over 300 attendees should always be reported to the NAWS Public Affairs Office at (760) 939-1683 at least two months in advance, as these types of events require higher command approval.



I-9's are no longer required for contractors, vendors and service providers to be issued badges.  They will need to have proper identification and, if born outside of the United States, proof of citizenship. If your code or department is expecting a delivery, please ensure the delivery driver knows the location of the delivery and the delivery point of contact prior to attempting to enter the installation.

Classified Visits

All Classified Visits to NAWS China Lake are initiated via the visiting agency's Security Management or Facilities Security offices and requested of China Lake's Security Management Office (SMO) through the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS).

Per SECNAVINST 5510.30B Ch-11, CNO Letter 5520 Ser 09N2/5U980960 dated July 27, 2005; JPAS is the personnel security system of record for the Department of Defense (DoD). DoD has directed the use of JPAS for the administration of visits involving access to classified information. As such, JPAS will be the only authorized mode for transmission of security clearances for visits to NAWS China Lake by agencies that are JPAS-enabled.

SMO codes for the transmission of classified visit requests:

  • NAWS China Lake - 476096
  • NAVAIR/NAWCWD - 605306
  • VX-9 - 55646

Non JPAS-enabled agencies must submit Visit Authorization Letters (VALs) on agency/company letterhead along with the visitor request. These visit requests will continue to be accepted providing each visit request is certified to be current and accurate by an authorized agency security manager or the facility security officer.

Once the SMO has received and approved the request, a completed Badge Request Form 5530/1 (Rev. 07-2013).  must be filled out and collected by the China Lake point of contact. The point of contact must submit the badge request form with SMO’s approval given in the appropriate boxes to Pass and ID so that the cleared visitor may come aboard NAWS.  

Badge Request Forms

Badge Request Form 5530/1 (Rev. 07-2013)

Special Event Access Request Form 5530/3 (03-2013)

Points of Contact

Office Phone Number
        NAWS Physical Security Department          (760) 939-1655
        NAWS Public Affairs          (760) 939-1683
        Pass and ID badge pick-up verification          (760) 939-3160





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