Starting next week, visitors to West Point will need to check in

By MICHAEL RANDALL | The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. | Published: July 18, 2019

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — Beginning July 22, all visitors to West Point who are not connected to the Department of Defense will be required to check in at the Visitor Control Center to be issued local access credentials.

The change affects those without a DOD card who desire unescorted access to visit cadets, friends, family, Keller Army Hospital, sporting events, concerts and other programs not deemed special events. Special events include home football games, ticketed sporting events, Eisenhower Hall events and the military academy's graduation in May.

The new policy, which brings West Point into compliance with Department of the Army access control requirements, also affects companies with employees who require unescorted access to conduct business, such as delivery drivers.

A request form for the local access credential can be downloaded at https://westpoint.edu/visiting-west-point. The completed form should be brought to the Visitor Control Center at 2107 New South Post Road in Highland Falls. A state-issued driver's license compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005 or another valid form of identification such as a U.S. passport or permanent resident card must also be shown.

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