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Posted 5/13/2011 Printable Fact Sheet

All visitors to Lackland Air Force Base over the age of 18 and not in possession of a valid DOD identification card, are required to have a Visitor Access Pass in their possession prior to gaining access to Lackland Air Force Base. Each visitor must have a pass issued in their name and a picture ID card in their possession while on Lackland. Each trainee must complete a Visitor Access Request Letter (VARL) for all anticipated guests. Once completed, these passes will be mailed home by the trainee.

Most VARL forms are obtained from the recruiting service and are completed by the trainee prior to departing for Basic Military Training. However, in some unique situations, your trainee may contact you stating to complete a VARL form or ask for information so he/she can complete this form.

Click on the following link for a copy of the VARL form.

You should anticipate receiving your Visitor Access Pass around the end of the trainee's fifth week of training. If you have not received your pass contact your trainee via mail or during authorized weekly telephone call to ensure your trainee has completed the VARL form and has mailed your Visitor Access Pass home for your visitation.

NOTE: If you do not receive a Visitor Access Pass prior to arriving at Lackland, you will be required to obtain a pass one of two gate entrance Visitor Center locations.
Valley Hi Gate:  Open 6:00am to 10:00pm daily.
Luke East Gate:  Open 24-hours daily.


Please contact the Basic Military Training Reception Center at (210) 671-3024 or 671-3069 if you have additional questions.

Due to the large volume of last minute visitor requests, Security Forces is unable to expedite the processing of VARLs. This is impacting the processing/delivery to future graduating flights' VARLs for trainees to mail home. If you submit a late VARL, we cannot guarantee that passes will be ready/available for your Airman's graduation. If passes are not ready, visitors may have to wait until Friday afternoon when their Airman is on Town Pass and is able to go to the Visitors Center to sponsor visitors on base.

If your trainee is in the 3rd-5th Week of Training, visitors must go to the above link ("copy of the VARL form") and print out a VARL, fill out all required information (do not sign) and mail it to the trainee for signature. The flight MTI will turn the form in to the RC to be forwarded to Security Forces for processing. If visitors do not receive their passes by the end of 5th Week of Training, but choose to travel to San Antonio/Lackland AFB, they will have to wait until Friday afternoon when their Airman is on Town Pass and is able to go to the Visitors Center to sponsor visitors on base.

Also, Security Forces is unable to conduct background checks for foreign visitors, to include residents of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Visitors from the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam can report to a Visitor's Center to attempt a background check. In the event a background check cannot be conducted and cleared, the visitor will NOT be allowed to access the installation until the graduated Airman is on Town Pass (Friday) and goes to the Visitors Reception Center to personally sponsor the visitor.

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