Cambridge, MA




Security Process



The Volpe Center building is a Federal facility and therefore required to follow Federal guidance on security policies.


Upon entering Volpe, please place your belongings on the conveyor belt and step through the metal detector. Present your valid ID to the security guard.


Once you have been cleared by the security guard at the entrance, proceed to the security desk and give the guard your valid ID as well as the name of your escort (Volpe guests must remain with their escorts for the duration of their visit). You will receive a visitor’s badge, which you must keep on you at all times. This should be returned to the security desk at the end of your visit.


Valid ID:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidelines on acceptable forms of photo ID for entry into a Federal facility. Government agency issued ID’s and passports are acceptable.  Driver’s licenses from states that are not currently participating in the Real ID program will not be accepted for entrance into Federal facilities.


EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 10, 2016 (unless an additional extension is granted): Driver’s Licenses from the following states and jurisdictions are NOT permitted as a form of identification for entry into the Volpe Center, along with all Federal facilities(including DOT Headquarters):

·         Alaska

·         Arkansas

·         California

·         Idaho

·         Illinois

·         Kentucky

·         Louisiana

·         Maine

·         Massachusetts

·         Michigan

·         Minnesota+

·         Missouri

·         Montana

·         New Hampshire

·         New Jersey

·         New Mexico

·         New York

·         North Carolina

·         North Dakota

·         Oklahoma

·         Oregon

·         Pennsylvania

·         Rhode Island

·         South Carolina

·         Texas

·         Virginia

·         Washington+

·         American Samoa

·         Guam

·         N. Marianas

·         Puerto Rico

·         Virgin Islands

+ Federal officials accept Enhanced Driver’s Licenses from these states.

All visitors with a driver’s license from a prohibited state listed above will need an alternate form of identification


(i.e. U.S. Passport) to enter the Volpe Center: 

·         U.S. passport

·         U.S. passport card

·         Personal Identification Verification (PIV) cards

·         Driver’s license issued by the U.S. Department of State

·         Border crossing card

·         DHS trusted traveler cards (e.g. Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

·         U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)

·         U.S. permanent resident card

·         U.S. certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship

·         Employment authorization document issued by DHS with photo

·         U.S. refugee travel document or other travel document or evidence of immigration status issued by DHS containing a photo

·         Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

·         Merchant mariner credential issued by DHS

·         Native American tribal photo ID

·         Foreign government-issued passport

·         Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card

·         Personal Identification Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I) cards

·         Identification cards issued by state, county or city government containing name, photo, and expiration date

All visitors must present an acceptable photo identification to enter the facility.

Please make sure you have one of the acceptable forms of ID before visiting the Volpe Center and if you do NOT have  a valid Passport or an alternate form of ID, contact Kevin Harnett,, phone (617-699-7086, Graham Watson, (phone (774-381-4822),  and/or Brendan Harris, (phone 617-494-2833), so we can discuss the situation and determine possible solutions.

Parking is not available at the Volpe Center. There is a public parking garage across the street from the Volpe Center. The address is:

4 Cambridge Ctr, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 225-0830
For pricing, please visit their website:

For additional information on the Volpe Center, please download the Volpe Visitor Guide (save file and use back arrow to return to home screen):
Volpe Visitor Guide

We look forward to seeing you at our event.





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