For Pedestrians/Metro Riders
If you are walking to campus or taking the Metro, you will need to go through security. Between the hours of 6 AM and 10 PM, Monday to Friday (excluding federal holidays), pedestrian visitors must go through the Gateway Center, located just outside the Metro exit. After hours, and on weekends and federal holidays, pedestrian visitors must go to the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF), located on Rockville Pike, north of Wilson Drive. A map of visitor entrances (PDF) is available.
For Shuttle Riders
Several area hotels offer shuttle services to the NIH for guests. There are also NIH shuttles that run to several stops off-campus, as well as around the NIH campus. For more information about NIH shuttles, please see the map. To find out information about a particular shuttle route, click on that route on the shuttle map. If you are taking a shuttle to campus, the shuttles will stop at the entrance to campus. All visitors will be required to disembark the shuttle and go through security before entering campus.
For Patients Taking a Taxi
If you are taking a taxi to campus, the taxi may drop you off at the Gateway Center (you will then need to walk or take a campus shuttle to get to the CRC), or the taxi may go through Visitor Vehicle Security and drop you off at the CRC.
All visitors over 15 years of age must present a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. Patients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors will be asked to walk through a metal detector, and all bags will be scanned. Please note that the following items are prohibited on the NIH campus: firearms, explosives, archery equipment, dangerous weapons, knives with blades over 2 ½ inches, alcoholic beverages and open containers of alcohol.
Once visitors have completed the security process, they will be issued visitor badges. These badges must be displayed at all times when on campus.
Please note: Depending on the time of day and the amount of visitors, the security process can take as long as 30 minutes to 1 hour, so please plan accordingly.
For patients who will be returning to campus, there is the option of receiving an extended visitor badge. These badges are valid for one year upon issue and allow visitors to enter campus through any entrance. Extended visitor badges must be sponsored by a CRC staff member and are issued in the Main Lobby of the CRC. If you would like an extended visitor ID badge, please talk to Karen Adams, and she can provide you with the required paperwork.
For additional security information, or to see a list of frequently asked questions, please visit the NIH Security Website.
Getting to the CRC from On-Campus
The Clinical Research Center, or building 10, is one of the largest buildings on the NIH Campus. It is located near both the Safra Family Lodge and the Children's Inn. Visitors may take an NIH campus shuttle or walk to the CRC. Please see the campus map for more information.
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