Advanced Photon Source

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Identification Documents

Argonne National Laboratory is a controlled-access facility and approval for site access is required. When you arrive, you will be asked to present identification documents. The appropriate forms of identification are listed below. Please ensure that you bring a the the required documents with you to avoid any delays in accessing the site. 

U.S. Citizens

U.S. citizens age 16 and over must bring photo-identification that has been issued by the federal government (e.g., passport, or photo-identification issued by a state government such as a current driver’s license or a photo-identification card issued to nondrivers by a state’s motor vehicles department). Students age 16 to 17 may use a school ID card. Individuals who cannot meet the requirements below would require an authorized escort while on-site, will not be given night-time access to the site, and cannot utilize the Argonne guest house. 

Argonne National Laboratory abides by the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005.  The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.  Although some states may not issue licenses that comply with this Act, Argonne has worked out an internal screening and reporting system that will allow users to still use their driver’s licenses as identification for site access.  However, users from these states can help minimize additional workload by bringing their passports with them as identification, instead of using their driver’s license. This requirement does not affect any APS users who currently hold a valid user badge.  It only pertains to first-time users and/or users who do not hold a valid user badge.

Note, some states issue driver’s licenses that do not have photographs or that are marked with the statement “cannot be used for identification purposes." These documents cannot be used for photo-identification.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Upon arrival to Argonne, non-U.S. citizens must bring their VALID ORIGINAL passport and applicable visa with any USCIS documentation supporting the visa status and/or renewals:

  • F-1:passport, visa and I-20
  • J-1: passport, visa and DS2019
  • B1: passport. visa and I-94
  • H-1passport, visa and I-94 OR passport, I-797 and I-94
  • EAD card (OPT status):passport, EAD card and I-20 (include third page of I-20)

NOTE:Foreign nationals with the following visa classifications are NOT eligible to hold an Argonne appointment and therefore are not eligible to work at Argonne: W/T, B2, J2, F2, and H4.

Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States

Upon arrival to Argonne, lawful permanent residents of the United States must bring their Green Card AND a government-issued identification document that includes a photograph, such as a driver’s license. If legal permanent resident card is pending, valid passport and work authorization extension (EAD card, I-20, DS-2019, I-797) must be provided with I-485 or I-551 stamp.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Participants

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participants must present their original and unexpired machine-readable passport with a valid I-94 stamp.

Foreign nationals with the following visa classifications are NOT eligible to hold an Argonne appointment and therefore are not eligible to work at Argonne: W/T, B2, J2, F2, and H4.

Effective January 9, 2009, foreign travelers coming into the U.S. under the VWP must "pre-authorize" themselves online through the "Electronic System for Travel Authorization" (ESTA). It is recommended that you log into ESTA as far in advance of your travel as possible, but no less than 72 hours before departure.

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens must present a valid passport, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS* or FAST*). Enhanced Driver’s Licenses are issued only by Michigan, New York, Vermont, Washington, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Mexican Citizens

Mexican citizens are required to present a passport with visa or a Border Crossing Card. A SENTRI* Traveler Program card is also acceptable.

Bermudian Citizens

Bermudian citizens are required to present a valid passport.

Change in Citizenship

If you have become a U.S. citizen, you will need to present a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or U.S. Certificate of Naturalization papers when you arrive at Argonne.Please notify Argonne of this in advance of your arrival. 

Further Instructions

Instructions on identification requirements for subsequent visits to Argonne will be provided upon check-in. The documentation described above is required for issuance of appointments and any subsequent appointment renewals. An Argonne photo ID badge cannot be issued without the appropriate identification.

* The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) establishes document requirements for travel by land or sea into the United States from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean and Bermuda. SENTRI cards are for entry into the United States from Mexico, and NEXUS cards are for entry into the United States from Canada. The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) cards are available to commercial drivers crossing both the northern and southern borders into the United States.


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