IMPORTANT NOTE: Attendees will receive an automated email to provide information for security. This is required for access to the DHS Campus.   If you do not receive an email within 48 hours of your response, please contact


Check In- Please be prepared for a security screening of your person and any bags (similar to TSA checks at an airport).


COVID-19 Safety Protocols remain in place. Masks are optional. 

Purple Pass Holders: For DVs assigned a Purple Pass, please refer to the PDF attachment received with your invitation for further instructions on event proceedings. Please ensure that you bring your Purple Pass to the event and have it displayed inside your vehicle in order for our volunteers to assist you in a timely manner. Unless prompted otherwise, please read and follow the instructions listed on the Event Information and Directions page of this website as well.


All Other Guests: Please read and follow the instructions listed on the Event Information and Directions page of this website. All guests are encouraged to arrive on campus no later than 1015 in order to ensure timely security screening and seating prior to the start of the ceremony.


Handicapped/Mobility Impaired: Guests with restricted mobility should use Parking Garage Level 6 and follow the marked route through the Coast Guard Headquarters building for elevator access to the event or shuttle services. A limited number of wheelchairs may be provided on a case-by-case basis.


Required Visitor Identification

A valid state or federal-government issued photo ID must be presented at the visitor’s center for all individuals 18 years of age or older to obtain visitor access to the campus. One of the following forms of ID may be used: 

  • Current “REAL ID” compliant Driver’s license or identification card issued by a State or outlying US possession. See for information. 
  • Current Federal Agency issued CAC or PIV. 
  • Current Military ID (DD Form 2) or dependent ID card (DD Form 1173) with photo. 
  • Current US Passport or Passport Card. 
  • Current Foreign Passport; I‐551 Stamp in foreign passport. 
  • Current Permanent Resident Card. 
  • Current Alien Registration or Resident Alien card. 
  • Current Temporary Resident card. 
  • Current Employment Authorization card. 
  • Certificate of Citizenship. 

For non-U.S. citizens: 

Legal status will be verified through United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  

Present foreign passport with US Visa and I‐94 or Permanent Resident Card and/or: 

  • I-551 Stamp and foreign passport. 
  • I-551/Alien Registration or Resident Alien card. 
  • I-551/Permanent Resident Card. 
  • I-766/Employment Authorization card. 
  • B1/B2 requires Employment Authorization Card and verified Adjustment of Status 


Prohibited items inside St. Elizabeth’s Campus and Coast Guard Headquarters.


  • Please email to coordinate any gift exchanges.
  • Due to security screening requirements, large items and bags are discouraged.  Recommend only bringing what you need for the ceremony and reception.
  • Firearms and projectile weapons, including, but not limited to:
    • Firearms or similar devices that expel a projectile through the action of an explosive (unless meeting the exemptions listed in 18 U.S.C. § 930(d))
    • BB or pellet guns;
    • Compressed air guns;
    • Antique firearms;
    • Flare guns;
    • Realistic replica or toy firearms (unless meeting the exemptions listed in 18
    • U.S.C. § 930(d));
    • Spear guns;
    • Starter pistols;
    • Stun guns, cattle prods, dart-firing stun guns, and other electric weapons or
    • controlled devices;
    • Ammunition, shotgun shells or firearm cartridges, black powder, smokeless
    • propellant powder (unless meeting the exemptions listed in 18 U.S.C. §930(d));
    • and,
    • Slingshots.


  • Bladed, edged, or sharp tools or implements, including, but not limited to:
    • Axes and hatchets;
    • Bows and arrows;
    • Ice axes and picks;
    • Throwing stars (martial arts);
    • Knives, sabers, swords, daggers, and other bladed devices with a blade of more than 2.5 inches in length (unless meeting the exemptions listed in 18 U.S.C. § 930(d)); and,
    • Razor-type blades such as box cutters, utility knives, and razor blades not in a cartridge, but excluding safety razors (unless meeting the exemption listed in 18 U.S.C. § 930(d)(3)).


  • Club-like items and striking devices, including, but not limited to:
    • Billy clubs;
    • Blackjacks;
    • Brass knuckles;
    • Chains in excess of 12 inches (jewelry exceptions can be made);
    • Night sticks (unless meeting the exemptions listed in 18 U.S.C. § 930(d)); and,
    • Martial arts weapons, including nunchucks and kubatons.


  • Destructive devices, explosives, or any chemical compound or mixture that has a property of yielding readily to combustion or oxidation upon the application of heat, flame, or shock, including, but not limited to:
    • Blasting caps or detonators;
    • Dynamite, nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene, and ammonium nitrate;
    • Fireworks;
    • Gunpowder;
    • Hand grenades, and mine, bomb, rocket, missile, pipe bomb, and plastic
    • explosives;
    • Realistic replicas of explosives or similar devices;
    • Explosive or expanding gases;
    • Gas torches; and,
    • Flammable liquids (e.g., gasoline, turpentine, and paint thinner) (unless
    • meeting the exemption listed in 18 U.S.C. §930(d)(3)).


  • Disabling chemicals and other dangerous items, including, but not limited to:
    • Spill-able batteries, except those in wheelchairs or similar devices used by
    • mobility-impaired individuals;
    • Spray paint (unless meeting the exemption listed in 18 U.S.C. § 930(d)(3)); and,
    • Poisonous gases.