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Base Access

NAWS China Lake is not open to the general public. Everyone that wishes to gain access to the installation must go through a vetting process prior to being approved for a badge. The type of badge received will depend on the purpose and duration of the visit.

Pass and ID Office (formerly the Visitor Center)

The Pass and ID Office processes all badge requests.


Next to the Main Gate.

Normal Hours

6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Non-flex (working) Fridays

Closed flex (non-working) Fridays, weekends and holidays 

Non-working Fridays for 2023 are:  JAN 20; FEB 3 and 17; MAR. 3, 17, and 31;  APR. 14 and 28; MAY 12 and 26; JUNE 9 and 23; JULY 7 and 21


Office Phone Number
        NAWS Physical Security Department          (760) 939-1655
        NAWS Public Affairs          (760) 939-1683
        Pass and ID badge pick-up verification          (760) 939-3160
        CAC badge pick-up          (760) 939-3315
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