MCB Camp Pendleton
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Follow the below steps for sponsoring a volunteer aboard Camp Pendleton.  Volunteer sponsorship is valid for up to 1 year based on the requirement identified by the sponsor. Sponsor must have a valid DoD CAC and .mil email to sponsor volunteers.

Complete the Sponsored Volunteer Roster, digitally sign it with your CAC and submit the roster from an approved domain (.mil) at least four (4) business days (Mon-Fri) in advance to: Do not alter the roster in any way or convert it to PDF. 

Direct your volunteer to report to the Camp Pendleton Visitor Center (Bldg. 20255T) for pass issuance.  Volunteers processed at the Visitor Center will have their identity proofed, be subject to a criminal history check, they will be photographed and fingerprinted.  Volunteers who are driving are required to show a valid driver's license, state registration, and insurance.  Wait times may be lengthy.  Processing time may be 5-7 minutes per volunteer.

Per MCO 5530.13, identification cards marked not valid for federal purposes, federal limits may apply, or any other similar language may not be accepted by DoD for the purpose of unescorted access (i.e. to obtain a Visitor Pass or DBIDS Credential).

Note: Visitor Center hours are 0730-1530 Mon-Fri.  There is no after-hours processing of volunteers.  Volunteers who are not able to obtain a Volunteer pass/credential must be met at the gate by their sponsor and escorted in person.

Short-term volunteers.  Sponsors can avoid the Visitor Center process entirely by meeting their volunteer at the gate and escorting them in person.

The Camp Pendleton Visitor Center

The 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 - Fri). - 7:30am - 3:30pm 


Phone: (760) 763-8435


NOTE: The "Trusted Traveler" program is still in effect.

Main Gate - 24 hrs
San Luis Rey - 24 hrs     
Del Mar - 6am - 6pm
Las Pulgas – 24 hrs
(Outbound Traffic CLOSED Monday - Friday 0600 – 0800)

San Onofre - 24 hrs
Cristianitos - 5am - midnight

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton