Approved Visitor Access

Your visit request has been approved and we look forward to your arrival. There are just a few guidlines you need to be aware of before hand.


Entry onto Aberdeen Proving Ground:

If you have a Department of Defense (DOD) ID card, you may access APG through either the Route 22 (Harford) Gate or the Route 715 (Maryland) Gate.

If you do not have a DOD ID card, you must access APG through the Route 715 (Maryland) Gate only. Effective immediately, no visitors or commercial vehicles will be permitted access to APG through the Route 22 (Harford) Gate.

At the Route 715 (Maryland) Gate, you will be issued a day pass. You must have some form of valid photo ID, i.e. Drivers License, Passport, etc. This policy includes vehicle passengers, with the exception of minors. Day Passes will be valid only for the date issued. There will be no multiple day passes issued.

Depending on your tour itinerary, you can either be picked up at the Route 715 APG Visitor Center or the ATC Visitor Control building located outside our secure area.


Directions to the ATC Visitor Center:

Once on the installation, the visitor will move along Maryland Boulevard to the intersection of Maryland and Aberdeen Boulevards and turn east onto Aberdeen Boulevard.

Stay in the right land and travel one mile on Aberdeen Boulevard before moving past the old Guard Post onto to Colleran Road. If you are in the right lane no turn is needed you will move directly onto Colleran Road.

Travel 300 meters on Colleran Road and turn left into the ATC Visit Center parking lot. Enter the Visit Center located in Building 324 to linkup with your ATC Host and be credential before entering the ATC Restricted Area.

If you need to call the visit Center directly, you can reach a representative from 0630-1630 Monday - Friday at (410) 278-3075.


Behind the Secure Area:

All vehicles entering and leaving the Industrial Area are subject to search for prohibited items and contraband. Prohibited items include: weapons, ammunition, drugs, alcoholic beverages, photographic equipment, and recording devices. These items will be confiscated and violators cited by the Military Police.

Cameras, cell phones with cameras, and recording devices are prohibited unless approved by the ATC Security Manager via a Special Photographic Permit or memorandum for recording equipment. If you require such equipment to complete your mission during your visit, you must let ATC know before bringing the equipment to ATC.

Wear badges above the waist and in clear view at all times while in the Industrial Area. Upon leaving the Industrial Area, badges are to be turned-in or concealed. Visitors will pick up and return badges daily. Security badges are to be turned-in if you plan to leave the Aberdeen area temporarily! Visitors requiring constant access for extended periods of time, upon request through the ATC point of contact and by approval of the ATC Security Officer, may retain their badges as authorized by regulation -- "No Escort Required" badges can be retained for up to 30 days, and "Escort Required" badges can be retained for five days.


Safety on the Range:

At ATC, safety is of the utmost importance. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are written to minimize exposure to personnel to the risks associated with testing. The SOPs apply to everyone on a test range or in a test area and state specific requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety shoes, safety glasses, work gloves, and hard hats.

Visitors must have medical clearances on file to visit certain areas requiring respirators and environmental chambers. Your ATC point of contact will determine which PPE or medical clearances, if any, are required for your visit. In general, all visitors are required to wear closed toed shoes and additional PPE will be provided if necessary.

Smoking is permitted only in designated areas. Dispose of cigarettes, tobacco, or matches in approved containers. Please remember that the APG is a military installation, controlled and operated by Government personnel trained in safe testing procedures.

These guidelines are intended for your safety and operational security. Access to the Industrial Area is a privilege afforded by the Commander, ATC. We want your visit to be productive and pleasant. Please bring any problems, questions, or concerns to our attention.

The ATC Public Affairs Office is also available for assistance:
Commercial (410) 278-0446 or DSN 458-4010.

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center.