At each point of the perimeter, access is controlled by vehicle access portals (VAPs) at the following locations:

Security Condition

A change in security condition may necessitate changes in Laboratory access with little or no notice. Road signs and direction from Protective Force officers will alert drivers of such changes.

Vehicle Access Portals

All vehicles entering Lab property are required to stop at the East and West Jemez Road "Vehicle Access Portals" (VAPs) for vehicle checks. Drivers must show picture identification (DOE or federal badge or valid driver's license) before proceeding at the direction of Protective Force officers. 

Random Vehicle Inspections

All vehicles (private, commercial, and government) and individuals on Laboratory property are subject to random inspections by the Protective Force at any time.

Drivers notified of an inspection must move to the search area indicated by the Protective Force. An inspection team, including canine, will inspect the entire vehicle, including items being towed. Upon completion, drivers will either be given permission to proceed or their vehicles secured as necessary.

Anyone who refuses a search will be requested to turn around and will be routed through West Road or NM 4.

Explosive Detection Canine Patrols

The parking areas or structures at the Laboratory will continue to have explosive detection canine patrols. If a canine detects a threat, the Protective Force as necessary will re-route traffic or cordon off the area until an explosives team determines it is safe for re-entry.

Pajarito Corridor access

The Pajarito Corridor is open to badge holders only.

Unbadged drivers and passengers, including minors, are prohibited from traversing the Pajarito Corridor in the cars of badged workers.


  • Pajarito Corridor: Drivers of all non-government commercial delivery trucks, privately-owned RVs, large vehicles, etc. headed to the Pajarito Corridor (Pajarito Road bounded by NM Highway 4 and Diamond Drive) must stop at Post 10 for truck inspections. Drivers will then need to present time-stamped inspection passes from Post 10 to Protective Force officers stationed at the Pajarito Corridor. (Drivers exiting Post 10 should turn right and proceed west on the Truck Route, turn left onto West Jemez Road, drive through the VAPs (stop and identification required), turn left onto Diamond Drive, and then turn left onto Pajarito Road.)
  • All Others: Drivers of commercial delivery trucks headed outside the Pajarito Corridor, to the SM30 Warehouse, and other Laboratory need to stop at Post 10 to obtain truck inspection passes. Drivers of such trucks may proceed to their final destination. For details, refer to the Map of Post 10 Truck Inspection Station (pdf).