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Visitor Information

Note to all NIST Visitors*:

The Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., campuses of NIST are closed to the general public at this time.

Official visitors must be preregistered and present photo identification* and vehicle registration information upon arrival. International visitors are required to present a passport. Visitors may only access the Gaithersburg campus from the main gate at W. Diamond Ave. and Bureau Drive, unless otherwise instructed by your sponsor. Visitors must wear a visitor badge at all times while on the NIST campus.

For information on registering for specific conferences, please visit our conference page.

Site Access for Visitors with Disabilities

NIST visitors and conference attendees with disabilities are able to remain in their vehicles for the clearance process rather than having to exit their vehicles. 

In Gaithersburg, these visitors should access the site using Gate F. Gate F is located on Muddy Branch Dr. between West Side Drive and Palmspring Dr. 

In Boulder, access will be via the main front gate and visitors should coordinate with their NIST sponsor. Visitors with disabilities may remain in their vehicles for the clearance process while surrendering their photo ID for badging.

*UPDATE: New Visitor Access Requirements

Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, federal agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension.

See map below for details. You can find additional details on the DHS web site.

Real ID map

NIST currently accepts other forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver’s license, such as a valid:

Passport Passport Card • DOD’s Common Access Card (CAC)
• Veterans ID • Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs • Military Dependents ID
• Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)  • TSA Trusted Traveler ID

NIST Gaithersburg Visitor Information