Military Base Access

eurotrash77

New Member
All

I'm just starting to drive in the area and trying to do as much research as I can ahead of time. However one thing has me stumped; I've been digging around google\forums and cant seem to find a clear definitive answer to this question.

Can I pick up\drop off pax on base as a plain old civilian with just my dl while contracting for UBER or is the gate as far as I can go?

Any guidance much appreciated!

Matt
 

Whogault

New Member
While the bases do admit Taxi Cabs, my experience has been that unless you have a valid military ID you cannot get past the gate.
 

paperchase8055

New Member
I've heard rumors of some place at the large NEX by NOB where you can pay $150 dollars to get some sort of tag or decal, but I do not have confirmation of this.
 

prop

Active Member
In my experience (I drove in VA Beach when I was stationed there), you will not be able to get on base to pickup passengers unless you have a military ID and have let uber know you do using ID.me through the app. Uber had talked about making it so that if your account isn't linked to ID.me, you won't receive any requests for rides that originate on base. On the other hand, you can enter the base to DROP OFF passengers that are in your car, so long as your passenger has their military ID (you will need your DL), and the passenger is considered to be escorting you on base as far as security forces are concerned.
 

kospades

New Member
On the other hand, you can enter the base to DROP OFF passengers that are in your car, so long as your passenger has their military ID (you will need your DL), and the passenger is considered to be escorting you on base as far as security forces are concerned.
That might work at Norfolk (depends on the gate guard), but it won't at Langley. Completely depends on the base and the level of security. Even with a passenger who can get on base, they might make you stop at the pass office to get a temporary pass which would be a big time waster. Hopefully, the app is smart enough to not flag people who can't get on base for those kinds of ride.
 

prop

Active Member
That might work at Norfolk (depends on the gate guard), but it won't at Langley. Completely depends on the base and the level of security. Even with a passenger who can get on base, they might make you stop at the pass office to get a temporary pass which would be a big time waster. Hopefully, the app is smart enough to not flag people who can't get on base for those kinds of ride.
I know it works for Norfolk and Oceana, but Langly is Air Force so their program is gonna be different, and it also has to do with the FPCON that's set at the base for who can and can't get on (higher levels mean more restrictive access). I was AD so I never had to give it much thought, but I have friends who used to drive who were civilian and friends that used uber from base as well.
 

UberKAT-VB

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And Norfolk is typically only before 9pm and your rider must sit upfront with you. I have never been able to enter after 9. They make me drop my pax and hold my id until I turn around. Up until 9pm they let you right thru just show pax id and they better be seated upfront.
 

da TRANSPORTER

New Member
Here's the skinny from a former Norfolk cab driver with 10 yrs cab experience now an UBER driver.

You will need a valid military ID (retired or active duty) or a base contractors badge.

You will have to fill out paperwork on the 2nd floor of the NEX and it costs $150 (cash) and is good for 1 yr. It takes approx 1-2 weeks unless they misplace it or the gal doing it is on vacation.

Disclaimer: If you use a military ID and not a contractor badge you can encounter a gate guard MA who will make u turn around and dump off your passenger. That seems to be rare and I only encountered it once at Portsmouth Naval Hospital by some gun ho jerk.
 

Bbonez

Well-Known Member
They need to meet them at the gate to pick up, they are not going to let any terrorist slap an uber sticker on their car and drive onto a secure base.

Drop off is easy, you have a passenger with military ID. You will still need to give the guard your ID and remove your radar detector.
 
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