Visiting Sandia/New Mexico

Sandia/New Mexico administration building

Visitors to Sandia's Albuquerque, New Mexico, site must have a valid business purpose, and must make arrangements with a sponsoring Sandia employee, prior to the visit. Your Sandia host will work with you to obtain the proper badging, and will inform you of the requirements for your visit.

Sandia is a smoke-free and drug-free workplace. Smoking is prohibited on all Sandia-managed property, inside and outside of buildings.


Sandia/New Mexico is located on Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in southeastern Albuquerque. To find KAFB:

  • From I-40, exit at Eubank Boulevard or Wyoming Boulevard and proceed south
  • From I-25, exit at Gibson Boulevard and proceed east

The Sandia Badge Office is located just outside KAFB at the Innovation Parkway Office Center (IPOC), 1611 Innovation Parkway SE.

Directions to IPOC (see map):

  1. From I-40, exit at Eubank Boulevard and head south
  2. Turn left at the light just before the entrance to KAFB to continue on Eubank Boulevard
  3. Turn left onto Innovation Parkway SE, where Eubank Boulevard ends
  4. The three-story IPOC building is located on the left side shortly after you turn onto Innovation Parkway
  • Access requirements

    Access to Sandia-controlled premises and Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) are separate concerns. Your Sandia host is primarily responsible for ensuring that your visit is requested and approved in accordance with Sandia policy and that unescorted access to KAFB, if also required, is properly coordinated prior to your visit.

  • Visitor badges

    With the exception of a few public areas, a DOE security badge (i.e., DOE HSPD-12 credential or Sandia-issued visitor badge) is required for access to all Sandia-controlled premises. Your host will initiate a visit request, and your Sandia visitor badge will be authorized upon approval of the visit.

    You will be required to provide proof of identity when you pick up your badge. Driver's licenses or state-issued ID cards used for this purpose must be from a state or territory compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005. Non-compliant licenses or IDs will NOT be accepted; if your ID is not compliant, an alternate REAL ID-compliant photo ID will be required.

    Your visitor badge must be returned to your host or to the Badge Office at the end of your visit.

  • Entering KAFB

    Access to KAFB requires compliance with specific DoD requirements. You must present one of the following identification documents for unescorted* access:

    • Federal Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card (e.g., DOE HSPD-12 credential)
    • Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card/pass**
    • DoD Common Access Card (CAC) - all versions
    • DoD Military Identification Card
    • DoD Guard and Reserve Dependent Identification Card
    • DoD Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card
    • Department of the Army Civilian Identification Card
    • Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)

    *If your host or other authorized party escorts you onto KAFB, no special ID is required for base access; however, you must have a valid photo ID (e.g., driver's license) with you at all times while on base.

    **A DBIDS pass is the most common option for unescorted visitors not otherwise in possession of another acceptable ID. Your Sandia host will sponsor you for access and directions to a DBIDS office to obtain the pass.

    Prospective visitors or Sandia hosts who have questions about the Sandia visits process may contact the Badge Office at (505) 284-3626.

  • KAFB information

    Refer to the KAFB website for current information regarding ID required for entry, and gate hours and locations.

  • Commercial deliveries

    Commercial delivery or pickup is defined as bringing materials, equipment, and/or supplies onto KAFB or taking them off base.

    Deliveries/pickups should be made between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Delivery drivers must enter through the Sandia Contractor Gate (south of the Eubank Gate), and provide identification, proof of registration, and insurance. If you are making a delivery, a Sandia host must schedule gate access in advance and escort you the entire time you are on base.

    Deliveries/pickups that must be made between 8-10 a.m. or 2-4 p.m. (Monday through Friday) may enter through the Kirtland Gate, located on Gibson Boulevard, one block west of the Carlisle Gate. Delivery drivers must be prepared to show two picture IDs, one of which must be federal- or state-issued.

  • Controlled items

    Portable electronic devices (PEDs) and their features are subject to various controls at Sandia. This applies to both personally-owned and government-owned PEDs, although the controls differ for each type.

    Below is a list of commonly used PEDS. It is not intended to be comprehensive:

    • Cellular telephones
    • Computers or associated media
    • Electronics equipped with data exchange ports used to connect to automated information system equipment
    • Radio-frequency-transmitting equipment, including WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled devices.
    • Recording devices (audio, video, optical, and data)
    • Heart rate monitors
    • Laptops/tablets
    • eReaders
    • Flash memory devices

    Medically necessary devices are treated differently from other PEDs. Check with your Sandia host or escort if you have any questions, and before bringing any controlled articles onto Sandia-managed property.

  • Prohibited articles

    The following prohibited articles are not permitted into any security area without authorization:

    • Explosives
    • Dangerous weapons
    • Instruments or material likely to produce substantial injury to persons or damage to persons or property
    • Hazardous radiological, chemical, or biological materials
      • Radiological substances or chemicals in a form or quantity that would create an event or release a footprint greater than 30m (Note: This does not include radiological sources monitored or controlled under the Material Control and Accountability Program)
      • Safety Level 3 and 4 biological materials (Note: BioSafety [BSL] 3 and 4 materials are not approved on the Sandia Authorization Basis)
    • Any other item prohibited by law (e.g., illegal drugs and paraphernalia
  • Where to stay

    For information on nearby hotels and other information about visiting Albuquerque, visit the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. Lodging is also available on base to eligible travelers, including retired military personnel. See the Kirtland Inn Lodging Information website for more information.