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.

The NIH Employee or Contractor with a valid NIH badge completes the ACVP form and gives it to the Officer or guard at the entrance and gets a visitor's pass for the child.

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 PDF Document in advance of his/her visit. 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 PDF Document 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 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.