Visiting Fermilab will require REAL ID-compliant identification, beginning May 3, 2023

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The giant Broken Symmetry sculpture stands over the road into Fermilab's Batavia campus

Beginning May 3, all visitors to Fermilab must show REAL ID-compliant identification to access the public areas. Photo: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab

Beginning May 3, all public visitors 18 years and older coming to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory public areas will be required to present a REAL ID-compliant ID upon entry. Fermilab is required to comply with DOE’s security requirements applicable to DOE federal facilities. This includes visitors entering by car, on foot and on bicycle.

For car visitors arriving at either of the two entry gates, security will ask the driver and all adult passengers in the vehicle to show a REAL ID-compliant ID (such as an IL REAL ID driver’s license or passport) to access the site.

Fermilab outdoor public areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Lederman Science Center is open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is closed Sundays and Fermilab holidays.

To view the latest updates on access to the public areas, activities and events, check the Visit Fermilab page of the website.


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