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Visitor Welcome Center (VWC)


Fort Sill Visitor Welcome Center Official Webpage

Visitor Pass Pre-Registration 

Approved DoD Identification Cards

When the VWC is closed, passes to gain entry to Fort Sill can be obtained at Key West and Bentley Gate on Sheridan Road.



Visitor Request Non-Fillable Form: All visitors, whether you need a pass for a day or for a year, must complete a Fort Sill Form 118a, Request for Unescorted Installation Access to Fort Sill.

Contractor Request Form: Contractors working on Fort Sill without a CAC must complete a Fort Sill Form 118, Request for Unescorted Installation CONTRACT Access.


All forms can only be viewed/filled on a desktop by downloading Adobe Acrobat Reader (Free)

Who Needs a Pass
  • All adults who do not have a DoD-approved identification card.
  • All vehicle drivers who are 16 or 17 years of age.
  • Veterans who do not have a DoD-approved identification card. The V.A.-issued identification card no longer meets the criteria for installation access.

Installation access cards from other DoD installations (for example: Tinker Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base, Fort Hood) do not meet the criteria for installation access. Fort Sill has a “stand alone” installation access process and does not share information with other DoD installations.

If you have a question about whether or not you need a pass card to gain access to Fort Sill, call the Visitor Welcome Center at +1 (580)442-9602 or 9603 or email your question to Fort Sill at this email address:

How to Request

The Visitor Welcome Center can process requests for unescorted access on a same-day basis, but you can speed the process by filling out the appropriate form and submitting it to the VWC. Please note below that there are two different forms – one for contractors of civilian companies located at and supporting Fort Sill missions (Fort Sill Form 118), and another for post visitors (Fort Sill Form 118a).

Exceptions to this requirement include:

  • Tour buses have the option of submitting FS Forms 118 for all the attendees or they can be escorted onto post and throughout its tour by a Public Affairs Office representative or an officer/NCO appointed for the duty. Note: Coordination of any visit should be made 30 days before arrival and be directed to the Community Relations specialist in the PAO. For more information, call the specialist at +1 (580)442-3024
  • Delivery trucks must access Fort Sill through Apache Gate. A special station for background checks will be available at that location. Fort Sill security personnel will recognize the DoD-issued Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) for access to post.
  • Taxis – Taxi drivers must have a DoD I.D. card or a pass card. Admission to post will be denied to any passengers who do not have a DoD I.D. card or a pass card.
  • Local buses – Bus drivers must have a DoD I.D. card or a pass card. Civilian passengers who do not possess a pass card will not be allowed to ride the bus through Fort Sill; they will be required to dismount the bus and be left at the gate. The Lawton Area Transportation System terminal will have several warning signs addressing that contingency.

As the result of the background information check, your request for access might be rejected. In this instance, the center staff will attempt to contact the requestor to inform them of the rejection. To appeal any access rejection, those parties should complete and submit (via the methods detailed above) a Fort Sill Form 117, FS Access Control Denial Waiver Application. Details for completing the form are contained within the form. Completing an appeal form does not guarantee any person access to Fort Sill. Only after the form is received and the merits of the document considered will a determination be made. After that determination is made, the requestor of the appeal will be notified as to its outcome.

The Background Check

Per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, all visitors and uncleared contractors desiring access to Fort Sill must be vetted through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index. NCIC III is the Army’s baseline background check for entrance onto Army installations for Non-Common Access Card (CAC) holders.

This background check is required for all visitors to the installation ages 18 and above who want unescorted access to post. Personnel under the age of 18 will not have a NCIC-III check conducted.

The installation commander will, in the absence of an approved waiver, deny pass cards for uncleared contractors, subcontractors and visitors based on the results of the NCIC III check that contains credible derogatory information indicating the individual may present a threat to good order, discipline, or health and safety on the installation.

Derogatory information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Criminal arrest information about the individual that causes the garrison commander to determine that the individual presents a potential threat to the good order, discipline, or health and safety on the installation.
  • The installation is unable to verify the individual’s claimed identity based on the reasonable belief that the individual has submitted fraudulent information concerning his or her identity in the attempt to gain access.
  • The individual has a current arrest warrant in NCIC, regardless of the offense or violation.
  • The individual is currently barred from entry or access to a federal installation of facility.
  • The individual has been convicted of crimes encompassing sexual assault, armed robbery, rape, child molestation, production or possession of child pornography trafficking in humans, drug possession with the intent to sell or drug distribution.
  • The individual has a US conviction for espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism or murder.
  • The individual is a registered sex offender.
  • The individual has a felony conviction within the past 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation.
  • The individual has been convicted of a felony firearms or explosives violation.
  • The individual has engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. government by force.
  • The individual is identified in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) as known to be or suspected of being a terrorist or belonging to an organization with known links to terrorism or support of terrorist activity.

In cases where an uncleared contractor, subcontractor or visitor is denied access based on derogatory information obtained from an NCIC or NCIC III check, personnel at the Access Control Point or Visitor Welcome Center will issue the denied individual instructions on how and where to submit a waiver.

Getting to VWC

From Interstate 44, take the exit for Rogers Lane West. Go approximately 2 miles to the Sheridan Road North exit. Take Go north on Sheridan Road and follow the signs to the Visitor Welcome Center on the right side of the road.


Commercial Vehicle

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC – also known as the TWIC card) is a Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration program that provides common identification credentials for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of DoD-regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials. Commercial truck drivers making deliveries to Fort Sill should consider applying for a TWIC. Individuals who meet TWIC eligibility requirements will be issued a tamper-resistant pass that will authorize entry onto any Army post, Air Force base, Marine base or Navy base.

Should drivers of local entities such as commercial buses, taxis and local delivery vehicles apply for the TWIC? The fee for a TWIC is $178 as of Jan. 2, 2015. The pass card from the Fort Sill Visitor Welcome Center is a free and convenient option that should be considered as a first choice.

TWIC information and resources are available on the official TWIC Program web site ( and through the UES Help Desk at +1 (855)347-8371 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. EST.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fort Sill’s gate access policy:

Visit Visitor Welcome Center Webpage for Frequently Asked Questions.