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Accompanied Child Visitor Policy

All children under the age of 16 accompanied by an NIH employee or contractor holding a valid NIH ID are allowed to enter the main campus through any employee or visitor entrance where a guard is present. The accompanied child or children will not undergo physical screening and will not have to enter via a visitor’s entrance.

This simplified policy applies to children of employees and contractors arriving in vehicles and as pedestrians, except at stand-alone pedestrian portals where no guard is present.

An employee or contractor should, if possible, download and fill out the Accompanied Child Visitor Pass (ACVP) form in advance of his/her visit. This straightforward, one-page form can be downloaded from the website at: The completed form should be handed to the guard and visitor badges will be issued to all children accompanying the employee or contractor.

Helpful Hints:
  • Download blank ACVP forms in advance (
  • Save time -- keep extra copies in your vehicle or on your person
  • If you forget the form, the guard will provide one at the entrance

As a reminder, if a child is under the age of 16, and does not have an ACVP, he/she is required to be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older and must enter campus via a visitor's entrance or obtain, in advance of his/her visit, an Advance Accompanied Visitor's Pass (AAVP). The AAVP is available at the website.

The registration of children at the NIH is not a security matter, but rather a public safety issue. Registration allows the NIH to provide a degree of protection for the child in the event a child becomes lost or separated from the parent/guardian while on campus.

The NIH policy allows for easier access of children and dependents of NIH staff while maintaining a basic level of safety for everyone.

If you have any questions about the policy, please contact the ORS Information Line at or 301-594-6677.


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