NIH Bethesda Main Campus

The NIH Bethesda Main Campus in Bethesda, Maryland houses two DPSAC office locations for  Badge Enrollment & Badge Issuance Services:

Please view our tabs on the left to learn more about each of these two offices. Our services are by appointment only Monday through Friday during open hours. For other DPSAC office locations, please visit Other DPSAC Locations.

Information Regarding Parking/Entry onto Campus:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes earlier to go through the security screening. Please be ready to display your appointment confirmation upon your arrival
  • For visitors traveling ​onto NIH Campus using a vehicle: Visitors/employees without an NIH Parking Permit must park in a visitor garage or meters for a fee. There are meters available in Building 31A circle, Lot 18, or there is paid parking at the Gateway Parking Garage (MLP-11) visitor parking garage with complimentary shuttle service to Building 31 (see Campus Map below). Validation or temporary permits will not be provided. 
  • For visitors taking the subway or walking onto NIH Campus: Visitors will need to enter through NIH's Gateway Visitor Center (see Campus Map below).

For further inquiries about parking at the NIH Bethesda Campus, contact the NIH Parking Office at or 301-496-5050. For more information, visit Parking | National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Once you have gone through the Gateway Visitor Center security screening (via pedestrian or vehicle inspection), you can either:

  1. To DPSAC's Main Office in Building 31, Room 1B03: Walk north​ along South Drive and merge onto Center Drive until you arrive at Building 31.​

  2. To DPSAC's Second Office in Building 10, Room 1C52: Walk west​ along South Drive until you reach the South side of Building 10.​

  3. You can also catch the Red Line shuttle, which also stops outside Building 31 and 10 (see the live shuttle routes here). The w​aiting area for the Red Line shuttle is just inside the campus gate. There are signs posted and the guards can direct you. In the Red Line Shuttle Schedule, “Metro" is your starting point. Two stops later will take you to Building 31.

For DPSAC's Main Office in Building 31: When you enter through the front sliding ​​doors of Building 31, you will see a long hallway slightly on your right. Walk down that hallway all the way to the end and make a left into Room 1B03. 

​For more information, please visit the NIH Visitor Map here​.

visitor map directing visitors to either Building 31 or Building 10 from the Gateway Visitor Center and Visitor Vehicle Entrance