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NIH Visitors and Security
The National Institutes of Health, like all Federal Government facilities, has instituted new security measures to ensure the safety of NIH employees, patients, and visitors.
The Department of Homeland Security has raised the national threat advisory level to the Yellow (elevated) level. http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/.
Many of you have asked questions about emergency planning and preparedness at the NIH. For this information, please visit the following website: http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/security/emergencyfaq.htm.
All visitor and commercial vehicles will be inspected. Visitors must show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID drivers license, passport, green card, etc.)
All shuttle buses from off-campus facilities will undergo inspection at the campus perimeter, but will be allowed to enter and circulate on campus once inspected.
Employees are encouraged to be vigilant and report anyone using unauthorized entrances or suspicious activity to the NIH Police at 301-496-5685.
At building entrances where guards are posted, employees must show a DHHS-issued photo ID (for example, your NIH-issued ID badge). Visitors must show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID (i.e. Federal employee badge, drivers license, passport, green card, etc.) All visitors should be prepared to have their personal belongings inspected and go through a metal detection inspection (wand, magnetometer, etc). All visitors may be escorted to and from their destination within buildings. Similar, appropriate security adjustments will be made at off-campus facilities.
Meetings and Special Events
Getting On and Off Campus
All visitors including patients, contractors, vendors and delivery persons must use the following entrances (see the Visitors Campus Access Map):
Wilson Drive at Rockville Pike: Open (Employees Only)
South Drive at Rockville Pike (Metro): Open
Center Drive at Rockville Pike: Open
Lincoln Drive at Old Georgetown Road: Open (Employees Only)
South Drive at Old Georgetown Road: Open (Employees Only)
Center Drive at Old Georgetown Road: Open (traffic
North Drive at Rockville Pike: Open (Employees Only)
West Drive at Cedar Lane: Closed
Zelkova Lane at Cedar Lane: Closed Permanently
Garden Lane at Cedar Lane: Closed Permanently to vehicles
Center Drive at Old Georgetown Road:
South Drive & Old Georgetown Road - Closed to all traffic
All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel and airport shuttles,
delivery trucks and vans will be inspected before being allowed on campus.
Visitors will be asked to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued
Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules http://www.wmata.com/.
Visitor Parking and Transportation
Public buses are no longer allowed to circulate on campus. Visitors arriving by bus will be dropped off at the NIH/Medical Center Metro stop at Rockville Pike and South Drive. Patients and visitors on official business can then ride the Campus Shuttle to the Clinical Center and other designated shuttle stops on the campus.
Access to NIH Buildings
Vendors and contractors with frequent official business at NIH can be issued special temporary IDs. You must provide an original letter on company letter head or a memo from your NIH Project Officer justifying your need for a temporary ID. The letter/memo must contain your full name and date of birth and must be presented in person with a valid photo ID at the NIH Parking Office in Building 31C, B3 level, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (phone 301-496-6851).
Special Information for Clinical Center Patients
Valet parking service is available for Clinical Center patients and patient visitors. You may drive directly to the South Main entrance of the Clinical Center where a valet parking attendant will park your vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to the main entrance and return it at the end or your stay. There is no charge for the service but your parking claim ticket must be validated at the Clinical Center parking validation desk near the admissions desk in the north lobby.
|This page was last reviewed on October 15, 2004 .
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