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NDW Police Officer Torronna Johnson checks the credentials of a commercial vehicle entering the Washington Navy Yard in late 2015. Proper credentials are required for accessing installations in Naval Support Activity Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Whitney Anderson)


(Updated May 11, 2021)

For the health and safety of our tenants, residents, visitors and staff, NSAW has modified gate hours and base access procedures on Washington Navy Yard. The most current operations information is as follows:

  • 6th St. gate: OPEN to vehicle traffic, 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • 9th St. gate: CLOSED
  • N St. gate: OPEN as-needed to support vehicle traffic during rush hour
  • O St. gate: OPEN to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, 24-hours
  • All turnstile entrances: OPEN to credentialed personnel


Effective June 1, 2021, drivers must have a valid, unexpired parking placard for vehicle entry to Washington Navy Yard and Naval Support Facility Arlington from 5:30-10 a.m.

Additionally, NSAW security forces have implemented "no-touch" ID checks for credentialed personnel entering base. Please present card face-up for photo verification, then turn over for barcode scanning.

The above information supercedes regular operations until further notice.

Thank you for your support in keeping our community healthy and safe!


No Drone Zone

Naval Support Activity Washington's fence lines are a no-fly zone for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. Any aircraft flying within the designated airspace may be subject to counter-UAS measures.  


Washington Navy Yard gate hours of operation

6th, 9th and N street gates: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

O Street gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Identification documents authorized to facilitate physical access to installations include:

  • The DoD CAC
  • DoD Uniformed Services Identification and Privileges Cards
  • USG-issued, authenticated
  • Federal PIV credentials

If a person is not in possession of one of the above credentials then DTM 09-12 defines two types of access:

  • Unescorted individuals. All unescorted persons entering DoD installations must have a valid purpose to enter, have their identity proofed and vetted, and be issued, or in possession of, an authorized and valid access credential.
  • Escorted individuals. Escorts may be conducted by military or federal employees. Contractors and other personnel are not authorized to escort personnel.

Non-federal government and non- DoD-issued card holders who are provided unescorted access require identity proofing and vetting to determine fitness and eligibility for access. Installation government representatives shall query the following government authoritative data sources to vet the claimed identity and to determine fitness, using biographical information including, but not limited to, the person’s name, date of birth, and social security number:

  • The National Crime Information Center database.
  • The Terrorist Screening Database.

More information is available by calling the Washington Navy Yard Visitor Access Center at (202) 433-3738/0025/or 3017.

All visitors that require proofing/vetting are required to complete the SECNAV Form 5512/1 which can be downloaded below. In order to facilitate quicker access into the installation, please download, complete and bring the following form with you the day of your visit.

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