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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Expeditionary Training Base"

• DoD issued ID card holders will automatically be enrolled in DBIDS after their first ID scan upon entering Camp Pendleton.

• Previously issued access credentials (i.e. RAPIDGate, Drivers License) will no longer be valid for access after Sept. 30, 2018.

Base Access Procedures for Camp Pendleton

New Base Access Procedures - Effective July 9, 2018

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton recently implemented the Defense Biometric Identification System, a new Physical Access Control System.

This new system focuses on access control procedures to ensure the protection of Active Duty personnel, residents and civilian employees. These policies are intended to help Marines accomplish their mission and keep families aboard Camp Pendleton safe, while allowing access to authorized personnel, contractor & vendors and sponsored visitors.

DoD issued ID card holders will automatically be enrolled in DBIDS after their first ID scan upon entering Camp Pendleton. DoD issued ID card holders may also sponsor visitors by using the Sponsored Visitor Roster Request below. 

All unescorted visitors are required to obtain a DBIDS credential/pass in order to gain authorized access to Camp Pendleton. Unescorted visitors must be sponsored or on official business.  Visitors will have their identity proofed & vetted, and be issued an appropriate DBIDS credential/pass at no cost. Visitors must obtain aDBIDS credential/pass at the Camp Pendleton Visitor Center (Bldg. 20255T). Contractors & vendors on official business must obtain a DBIDS credential/pass at Base Access Control (Bldg. 41501T).

Visitors/Contractors & Vendors can pre-enroll in DBIDS using the DBIDS pre-enrollment button below. 
NOTE: Pre-enrollment is currently only possible if an individual sponsor can be identified.   Visitors are required to enter their sponsors name, phone number & email address when pre-enrolling in DBIDS.


Sponsoring Visitors


• Complete the roster, digitally sign it with your CAC and submit the roster from an approved domain (.mil/.gov) at least four (4) business days (Mon-Fri) in advance to: mcbcampensponsoredvisitor@usmc.mil

• Ask your visitors to pre-enroll in DBIDS. Note: To complete pre-enrollment, visitors must know the name, telephone number and email address of their sponsor.

• Direct your visitors to report to the Camp Pendleton Visitor Center (Bldg 20255T) to obtain DBIDS pass/credential. Visitors processed at the Visitor Center will have their identity proofed, be subject to a criminal history check, they will be photographed and fingerprinted.  Visitors who are driving are required to show a valid driver's license, state registration, and proof of insurance.  Wait times may be significant.

• Sponsors can avoid the Visitor Center process entirely by meeting their visitor at the gate and escorting them in person.

Frequently Asked Questions


DBIDS Pre-Enrollment


• Defense Biometric Identification System is a fully integrated identity management and force protection access control system.

• Unescorted visitors are required to obtain a DBIDS credential/pass in person at the Visitor Center in order to gain authorized access to Camp Pendleton.

• Contactors & vendors are also required to obtain a DBIDS credential/pass in person at the Base Access Control Center in order to gain authorized access to Camp Pendleton.

• Visitors are required to enter a sponsors name, phone number & email address when pre-enrolling in DBIDS.

• Click above button to pre-enroll for DBIDS. If you are receiving certificate error messages and security warnings when attempting to pre-enroll at DBIDS from a non DoD computer, tablet or smartphone, please visit https://www.dau.mil/faq/p/DoD-PKI-Certificates and follow the step by step instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Visitor Center

The Camp Pendleton Visitor Center is located in Bldg. 20255T, adjacent to the Main Gate near Interstate 5. (See Map) The Center is intended to process visitors who have been pre-sponsored by base personnel.  Those visitors who have not been pre-sponsored should expect long delays or should arrange to have their sponsor meet them at the gate.

Business hours are:

• Mon., Tue., Thur., and Fri. - 7:30am - 3:30pm 

• Wed. - 7:45am - 3:30pm

Phone: (760) 763-8435

Base Access Control

For Contractors & Vendors
Base Access Control is intended to process contractors & vendors who conduct official business aboard Camp Pendleton. The center is located in Bldg. 41501T adjacent to the Las Pulgas gate. (I-5 at Las Pulgas Exit) (See Map)

Business Hours:
6am - 4pm Mon-Thur. (Closed Fridays)
Phone: (760) 763-7604/7605

Gate Hours

• Main Gate - 24 hrs
• San Luis Rey - 24 hrs     
• Del Mar - 6am - 8pm
• Las Pulgas - 24 hrs
• San Onofre - 24 hrs
• Cristianitos - 5am - midnight