How to access the National Emergency Training Center campus

Anyone entering the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) campus unescorted is required to show photo identification that meets REAL ID Act standards. The purpose of the REAL ID Act is to stop terrorists from evading detection by using false identification.

Check to see if your state-issued photo identification meets REAL ID Act standards

If your identification is not compliant with the REAL ID Act

If your photo identification does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, you will need to bring one of the following current forms of identification:

  • A U.S. passport or passport card.
  • A federal employee personal identity verification (PIV) card or military (active, retired, reserve, dependent or civilian employee) ID card.
  • A state-enhanced driver’s license. (Contact your state’s motor vehicle department for more information.)

If you don’t have a current passport, federal ID card or state-enhanced driver’s license, we need to run a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check on you. Please email the following information to the NETC Security Office in a password-protected document at least three weeks before your class:

  • Your full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Social Security Number

This is a one-time NCIC check and is valid for 180 days. Within the 180-day time frame, you must obtain an acceptable form of identification to access NETC for another course or activity.

If you were accepted into an on-campus NFA course but don’t have the required identification or a successful NCIC criminal history check, you must reschedule your course. We can’t allow you to enter the campus and you won’t receive a stipend reimbursement.

Questions? Please contact Jane Sentz at 301-447-7207 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET.

Planning a trip to visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial?

Federal law requires Memorial visitors to have REAL ID Act-compliant identification for access to our campus. This law is the same as that enforced at airports and all federal facilities. A list of compliant / non-compliant identification is available at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website.

Memorial visitors without REAL ID Act-compliant identification need an escort for campus access. Escorts are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m Eastern time. Please call the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at 301-447-1365 during business hours to schedule your visit. It is best to schedule your escort a few days before your planned visit.

Foreign National visitors: We must vet you before you can access our campus. For assistance, please email Merril Sollenberger, NETC Special Events Coordinator, at least two months prior to your visit.

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