Visitor Information


Welcome to Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific
A landmark research facility in San Diego for more than 75 years, NIWC Pacific has a workforce of more than 4,800 scientists, researchers, and engineers, and is a member of an exclusive team of research labs that comprise the Department of Defense's biggest brain trust.

NIWC Pacific-Topside is located at the intersection of Electron Drive and Catalina Boulevard,
across from the Navy's 3rd Fleet Headquarters at the end of Point Loma. The base overlooks
both San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

NIWC Pacific is a restricted government facility and requires an NIWC Pacific badge for entry, along with one of the following identifications:

  • A valid Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Retired Military Identification (ID) Card
  • Reserve Military ID Card
  • Military Dependent ID Card
  • Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) Card for U.S. citizens
  • Permanent residents must have their Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), in addition to their NIWC Pacific badge for entry.  
The Defense Information System for Security (DISS​) is the preferred method for submitting visit requests to NIWC Pacific. Companies or organizations not on DISS must fax a visit request to the NIWC Pacific Security Division at
(619) 553-6169 on company or organization letterhead.  
​To check to see if the fax has been received, call (619) 553-3211. 
Please allow 5 business days for processing.

Information for DISS:

      • Non-SCI visits submit DISS to:  SMO 660015
      • SCI visit submit DISS to:  SMO 660013
    1. Name and address of the agency or company requesting the visit
    2. Name and address of the command (Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific), 53560 Hull Street, San Diego, CA 92152) to be visited
    3. Name (in full) and title of the person to be visited. NOTE: If the visitor is visiting a contractor employee, a government employee point of contact is required
    4. Name (in full) of the employee, including title or position, for which the approval is requested
    5. Date and place of birth, citizenship and social security number of the visitor; if the visitor is a permanent resident with green card, the registration number must be included
    6. Date(s) of requested visit
    7. Purpose and justification for the visit. If a contract is involved, the contract number must be furnished. NOTE: If the visit is unclassified, items 8, 9 and 10 below are not required
    8. Name and address of contractor's cognizant security officer, assigned CAGE or FSC number, and certification of the level of the facility's clearance
    9. Agency / company certification of the employee's current clearance status
    10. The visit request must be signed by an authorized agency official, security manager or facility security officer.



  NIWC Pacific Badge and Decal  Office
(Main Office)
  Bayside Badge/Pass Office
(619) 553-3203 or
DSN 553-3203
(619) 553-3210 or
DSN 553-3210
  Fax: (619) 553-6169     
  Business hours: 
Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.  
Work Fridays  6:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
  Business hours:
Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Work Fridays: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  (Offices are closed alternate Fridays. Call in advance)

VETTING PROCESS for NIWC Pacific unescorted visitors

This process takes seven to ten (7–10) working days to complete.
Commander Navy Region Southwest has implemented procedures requiring the completion of the SECNAV 5512/1 form in order to conduct criminal history checks of visitors who require unescorted access onboard NIWC Pacific.
For unescorted access- you do not need to fill out the form if you possess any of these credentials:

  • A valid Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Retired Military Identification (ID) Card  
  • Reserve Military ID Card
  • Military Dependent ID Card
  • Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) Card for U.S. citizens

If you do not have any of the above credentials you MUST fill out the SECNAV 5512/1 form and complete the vetting procedure to be admitted.

Personnel who are not vetted will require escorts.
Personnel who have cleared the vetting process, will be issued a Day Pass along with their NIWC Pacific badge when they check-in.  A Day Pass can only be issued for one day. 
If a visit is multiple days, the visitor will be required to obtain a new Day Pass each day from the Badge and Decal Office before entering the base.
Please fax all Base Access Requests to (619) 553-6169 or send via encrypted email to

FLAG OFFICER and Senior Executive Service (SES) visitors
Please contact the NIWC Pacific Protocol Office at (619) 553-2721 for assistance with base access.
Foreign visitors must contact their Embassy in Washington, D.C. and request a Foreign Visit Request be sent to NIWC Pacific.
The NIWC Pacific foreign visits specialist can be reached at (619) 553-0437.

Parking is available in any unreserved marked spot. Most of the large buildings have visitor parking areas, and disabled parking is also available. However, parking is very limited in some areas. For questions about parking areas, please coordinate with your government point of contact or host. 
Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS)

Directions to NIWC Pacific Badge and Pass Offices Printable PDF


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