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A visitor is anyone other than:

  • Members of the Workforce.

Note: Any person on an active contract with Sandia is a Member of the Workforce, regardless of the frequency of their physical access to SNL. 

  • Cleared DOE colleagues.

Both of these groups represent individuals whose identity, DOE affiliation, and clearance status can be promptly verified. In most cases, they are also already in possession of a DOE-approved badge or can be issued one, as needed, that correctly reflects their SNL or DOE relationship.

Everyone else is a visitor, and they must be entered in the online Incoming Visits System (see “Incoming Classified Visit Request” below for more information). Upon approval, visitors will be provided with SNL-issued Local Site-Specific Only (LSSO) visitor badges which are valid for the duration of visits.

Foreign National Visitors

  • Visits by uncleared foreign nationals involve special requirements; Contact the Foreign Interaction Office (FIO) at 505-844-8263 for questions.
  • Visits by cleared foreign nationals involve special requirements; Contact Security Connection at 505-845-1321 for questions.

Are DOE Colleagues considered Visitors?

For badging purposes, cleared DOE colleagues are not considered visitors. Those in possession of a DOE-issued HSPD-12 federal credential from their home site may use it at SNL. However, if swipe access into SNL Limited Areas is desired, the badge must be enrolled by the Badge Office in the SNL access-control system (ACS). DOE colleagues may be enrolled in ACS up to the expiration date displayed on their HSPD-12 federal credential by visiting the Badge Office.

Incoming Unclassified Visit Request

An incoming unclassified visit request is necessary when an individual requires physical access to Sandia-controlled premises where badging is required (i.e., all but “Public” General Access Areas [GAAs]) for mission-related work or legitimate non-business activity of an unclassified nature (e.g., retirement or anniversary events). The visit may be hosted by any cleared or uncleared Member of the Workforce who is responsible for requesting the visit via the online Incoming Visits System. This system serves to verify the visitor’s identity and authorize a visitor badge.

The Sandia host of an unclassified visit must:

  • Ensure that each visitor has an active relationship in Enterprise Person (EP).
  • Initiate a visit request at least five (5) working days in advance of the first date of the visit, using the Incoming Visits System (accessible independently or via EP).
  • Unclassified visits are not approved for yearlong requests, except for special circumstances.  Unclassified visit requests should only be submitted for the length of the current visit, not for convenience.

Incoming Classified Visit Request

An incoming classified visit request is necessary when an individual requires physical access physical access to Sandia-controlled premises for official business of a classified nature. The visit must be hosted by a Sandia employee who is responsible for requesting the visit via the online Incoming Visits System. This system serves to verify the visitor’s clearance and authorize a visitor badge.

The Sandia host of a classified visit must:

  • Determine the information category (Restricted Data [RD], Formerly Restricted Data [FRD], or National Security Information [NSI]) and highest classification level (Top Secret, Secret, or Confidential) necessary for the visit. Contact the Classification Office for guidance, as necessary.
  • Ensure that each visitor has an active relationship in Enterprise Person (EP) with the SNL organization requesting the visit.
  • Initiate a visit request at least five (5) working days in advance of the first date of the visit, using the Incoming Visits System (accessible independently or via EP).
  • Ensure that each visitor’s clearance information is provided as follows:  

For Visits Requiring Access to RD

  • The host must ensure that the visitor’s security office has completed DOE F 5631.20, Request for Visit or Access Approval. (See additional information in “Visitors With Active DoD Clearances” below.)
  • For access to RD, “CNWDI” must be reflected with the brief date
  • For non-SIGMA access, the form must be submitted to the SNL Badge Office by email to incoming@sandia.gov or faxed to (505) 284-8812.
  • For SIGMA (i.e., 14, 15, 18, 20) access, the form must be faxed to DOE/HQ at (202) 586-7060.
  • NRC and NASA visitors may submit NRC Form 277 or NASA Form 405, respectively, for SIGMA 18 only requests.

Note: Cleared personnel within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) do not require DOE/HQ approval for access to SIGMA. Such access should be coordinated through the appropriate programmatic office.

  • The Access to Weapon Display Area Procedure provides information on accessing vaults. Access is granted only for actual visit dates.

For Visits Requiring Access to Non-SIGMA FRD or NSI, respectively

The host must ensure that either DOE F 5631.20, Request for Visit or Access Approval, or a formal request on official agency/company letterhead, containing the required information specified in the Visitor Clearance Submission Guidelines, and submitted to the SNL Badge Office by email to incoming@sandia.gov or faxed to (505) 284-8812. (See additional information in “Visitors with Active DoD Clearances” below.)

Visitors with Active DoD Clearances

For visitors who hold an active Department of Defense (DoD) clearance that can be verified in the DoD Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS), their security office may submit a visit notification to SNL directly through JPAS (use SMO code 07187-SNL for all SNL locations) in lieu of DOE F 5631.20. Use of JPAS is allowed with the following conditions:

  • For access to RD, “CNWDI” must be reflected in JPAS.
  • SIGMA access for non-NSE personnel must still be approved by DOE/HQ via DOE F 5631.20.
  • JPAS request must include the date(s) of visit, technical POC (i.e., the SNL visit host), and purpose.
  • Interim DoD clearances are not accepted.

How will I know if the visit is approved?

A series of system-generated emails are issued advising the visit host of status. Upon approval, the host will be notified that a visitor badge is authorized and available for pick-up at the Badge Office. The visitor must provide a valid picture ID in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005 to verify their identity.

Note: See additional information below regarding the identity verification process in the section of this article titled, “REAL ID Act of 2005”.

REAL ID Act of 2005

What is the REAL ID Act of 2005?

In 2005, Congress enacted Public Law 109-13, 119 Stat. 302, commonly referred to as the REAL ID Act. The Act modified U.S. federal law pertaining to standards for security, authentication, and issuance procedures for state driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards. It applies to all federal facilities that have access-control requirements involving ID checks. The Act prohibits federal agencies from accepting, for official purposes, driver’s licenses and ID cards from states/territories that do not meet the Act’s minimum standards (aka “non-compliant jurisdictions”).

Note:

  • Although state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards are most commonly used to establish identity, they are not the only available means. Other government ID documents (e.g., U.S. passport/card, U.S. military ID) may be used by themselves as valid proof of identity—see “Real ID List of Acceptable Forms of Identification” for details.
  • Driver’s licenses displaying statements that include, but are not limited to, phrases such as “Not for Federal Purposes,” Federal Limits Apply,” or “Not for Federal Identification” cannot be used as forms of identification at Sandia.
    • See example images below:

Which jurisdictions are non-compliant?

Currently, there are no non-compliant jurisdictions. However, this can change at any time. Periodically access this toolcart for updates.

How does the Act impact SNL?

The Act impacts SNL in two distinct areas that concerns access control:

SNL must comply with the unique policies of each agency and, in the case of REAL ID, this includes recognizing the types of identification documents considered acceptable by each agency.

SNL Badging

The identification documents listed below must be in original form (not copies), unaltered, unexpired, and valid (not cancelled or suspended). Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in denial of access to Sandia-controlled premises where badging is required (i.e., all but “Public” General Access Areas [GAAs]).

ID Required for Initial SNL Badge
Individual must comply with EITHER of the following identity validation options.
Option A
Present one of the documents cited in the List of Acceptable Forms of Identification.*
Option B
Present a non-compliant state-issued driver’s license or ID card AND one of the following documents:

1. U.S. Social Security Card (must not be laminated)
2. Original or certified copoy of birth certificate bearing an official seal issued by a state, county, municipal authority, possession, or outlying possession of the U.S.
3. Certification of birth abroad or Certification of Report of Birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350)
4. Voter registration card
5. U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)
6. Native American Tribal document

Visit Cancellations/Changes

Required action on the part of the requestor to cancel or make changes to a visit request depends upon the STATUS of the request, as follows:

UNSUBMITTED – Requestor can make the changes himself/herself within the Incoming Visits System and submit or cancel the request.

SUBMITTED – Requestor must notify the following, as appropriate, to specify changes or request cancellation. The Badge Office staff will take action.

ACCEPTED  – Requestor must notify the following, as appropriate, to specify changes or request cancellation. The Badge Office staff will take action.

APPROVED  – Requestor must notify the following, as appropriate. In all cases, the original request will be cancelled. If applicable, an entirely new request must be submitted.

Other Considerations

Visitor’s Citizenship

The visit host is responsible for ensuring the visitor’s citizenship is accurately reflected in EP.

Access to SNL/NM on Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB)

KAFB requires all personnel who need unescorted access onto KAFB to comply with the requirements of the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS). Please reference Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) at Kirtland Air Force Base in this toolcart below for more information.

Escorting

Uncleared visitors must be escorted at all times within a Limited Area. 

Visit Duration

An unclassified/classified visit cannot exceed 1 year. As necessary, visit approvals must be renewed at least every 12 months. Unclassified visits are not approved for yearlong requests, except for special circumstances.  Unclassified visit requests should only be submitted for the length of the current visit, not for convenience.

Returning Badges

At the conclusion of a visit, the visit host or sponsor is responsible for ensuring that their visitors surrender badges and that the badges are returned to the appropriate Badge Office.

Classified Matter Brought Onsite

If your visitor needs to bring classified matter onsite, you will need to provide storage for the matter. Work with your classified administrative specialist (CAS) to determine storage requirements. If a classified computer will be brought onto Sandia-controlled premises, consult Cyber Security.

Contact Information

Security Connection: (505)845-1321

Email: incoming@sandia.gov