Safety Message

Are you visiting Arlington National Cemetery this week? If so, be sure to hydrate! It gets hot and humid in Arlington and we want our visitors to avoid heat related injuries. Check out our app, ANC Explorer, to locate water fountains throughout the cemetery.

Published on: Monday, June 13, 2022

Family Passes and Gravesite Visitation 

A uniformed soldier kneels before a gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery

Permanent and Temporary Family Passes

A permanent family pass is issued to the next of kin at the time of the interment. Additional permanent passes are available for the parents, spouse, siblings and children of the deceased. Applications for permanent passes are available at the Welcome Center Information Desk and the Administration Building, or you may print this form:

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A temporary vehicle pass may be issued to the above family members who are presently at Arlington National Cemetery to visit their loved one and who have completed a permanent family pass request form.

PLEASE NOTE: Family pass holders are reminded that family passes may be used for gravesite visits only. Touring the cemetery with your family pass is not authorized.

At the entrance gates and immediately after funerals, family pass holders will receive a reminder card stating that the family pass is a privilege, intended only to allow them to visit their loved one's grave. All family pass holders must depart the cemetery immediately following their gravesite visit.

A free shuttle is available for gravesite visits and may be accessed by visiting the Welcome Center Tram ticket desk.

UPDATE: Arlington National Cemetery has increased its security posture and is implementing 100% ID checks at all entrances.

Effective immediately, all visitors 16 years of age and older (pedestrians, drivers and passengers) must present a valid photo identification upon entering the cemetery. Visitors include all those visiting gravesites, as well as funeral attendees, tourists and personnel on official business. School group leaders and tour guides must also present the required identification. Original documentation is required. Paper copies or cell phone photos of identification are not accepted. 

  • Visitors 18 years of age and older must present a valid U.S. state or federal government-issued photo identification for entry.  
  • Visitors 16 and 17 years old who do not have a U.S. state or federal government-issued photo identification may present an official school-issued photo identification for entry. 
  • Persons who are not U.S. citizens must present a valid passport or U.S. State Department-issued photo identification for entry. 

We ask for your patience, as this will create longer than usual delays. Cemetery officials are reminding all visitors to add a few extra minutes to their travel times.

Physical security is everyone's responsibility. We ask you to stay especially vigilant and remember to report any suspicious activity to the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Watch Desk: 703-588-2800 or 703-588-2801.