Guest/User ID Requirements

ID Documents Required for JLab Onsite/Remote Access

All guests/users requesting access to JLab must present required valid site access ID Documents upon arrival or upload to electronic checklist. Failure to provide the essential site ID Documents will result in denial of access and non-issuance of a JLab photo identification access badge or computer account.

Beginning May 7,2025, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will officially begin enforcing the REAL ID Act of 2005. This means that a traditional driver’s license will no longer be accepted through airport security and all Americans will be required to present REAL ID-compliant identification to go through airport security and enter certain federal facilities. As a federal facility Jefferson Lab must comply with this requirement.

Please see FACT sheets and fliers for important details, which should be read and reviewed closely:

Real ID Fact Sheet Real ID Fact Sheet - TSA Real ID Flyer


The required forms of ID Documents for guests are listed below: 



U.S. Citizens

  • Valid U.S. government issued passport
  • Valid state government issued photo driver’s license (must meet REAL ID standards after May 7, 2025)

Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Alien Card (LPR) and a government issued photo-ID document, such as a valid photo driver’s license (must meet REAL ID standards after May 7, 2025)
  • If LPR is pending, a valid passport and work authorization extension (EAD card, I-20, DS-2019, I-797) and must provide an I-485 or I-551 stamp.

U.S. Sponsored Visa Holders


  • Valid passport, F-1 Visa in passport, I-94 departure record, valid DS-I-20 form and valid Employment Authorization
  • Document (EAD) if on Optional Practical Training



  • Valid passport, J-1 Visa in passport, Valid DS-2019, I-94 Departure Record


  • Valid passport, H-1B Visa in passport and I-94 Departure Record
  • Valid passport, I-797A  Approval Notice, I-94 Departure Record

Other Various Visa Types at JLab

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Participants

  • Valid passport, valid CBP admission stamp showing WB


  • Valid passport, valid CBP admission stamp showing B1

Canadian Citizens

  • Valid passport or Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS or FAST)

Mexican Citizens

  • Valid passport with Visa
  • Border Crossing Card or SENTRI Traveler Program card

Bermudian Citizens

  • Valid passport



  • Foreign Nationals with the following visa classifications are NOT eligible for access approval to JLab:  WT, B-2, J-2 (without EAD card), F-2, and H-4.
  • Instructions on identification requirements for additional access requests or access request extensions will be provided at arrival check-in.


Contact with any questions.