General Inquiries (781) 981-5500
Visitor Services Center (781) 981-7118
Credential Management Center (781) 981-0566
Forbes Road Facility (781) 981-8030


Visitor Requirements

All visits must be pre-coordinated with an appropriate Lincoln Laboratory host prior to arrival. Please work with your respective host on any program-specific prerequisites, outside of the classified visit certification process outlined below, that may be needed prior to your arrival.

Visiting the Laboratory for a Classified Meeting

Prior to arrival for any classified visits, a classified visit certification from your host organization must be on file with the Laboratory’s Visitor Services Center.

Please allow 48 hours for all visit requests from the host organization to be processed by Lincoln Laboratory.

Standard DISS Visit Submission Format

  • Visit Name: [Last Name of Visitor(s)]
  • Visit Reason: Meeting
  • Access Level: [Select Level of Meeting]
  • SMO Code: [Options are: 3G0506 (incoming collateral) / 3G0502 (SCI)]
  • POC Name/Phone Number: [Security POC for the Meeting]
  • Start Date: [Select Date of Meeting]
  • End Date: [No Later Than a Year From the Start Date]

NOTE: DISS only allows the Laboratory's Security Staff to filter by date and visit name; therefore, it is important the individual submitting the certification list the Visit Name in the format specified above.

Sending Collateral Visit Certifications

To send collateral SECRET or TOP SECRET certification to Lincoln Laboratory, a Government or Contractor Security Officer may either

  1. (Preferred) Enter visit request via DISS, using SMO Code 3G0506, or
  2. Fax clearance certifications to 781-981-5588

NOTE: If you need to verify that visit certifications have been received, contact the appropriate program security point of contact.

Sending Special Access Program Visit Certifications

  1. Send your collateral visit certification per the above instructions
  2. Submit your Program Level Visit Certification via JADE; your host organization security may submit upon your behalf
    1. Ensure that you select your MIT LL Technical Point of Contact

NOTE: If you need to verify that visit certifications have been received, contact the appropriate the program security point of contact.

Sending SCI Visit Certifications

To send certification of SCI accesses to Lincoln Laboratory, a Government or Contractor Security Officer may either

  1. (Preferred) Enter visit request via DISS, using SMO Code 3G0502, or
  2. Fax accesses to 781-981-4441 (unclassified fax), or
  3. Fax accesses to 781-981-4262 (STU III fax), or
  4. Send accesses via SSO channels with the following PLA: SSO ESC/INS (Pass to CSSO.MIT/LINCOLNLABS)         

NOTE: If you need to verify that visit certifications have been received, contact the appropriate program security point of contact. For SCI visits, you can email [email protected] or call 781-981-5102/5125 with inquiries. For all other levels, refer to your cognizant security point of contact.

Check In & ID Requirements

When you check in with the Visitor Services Center, you will be asked a series of questions related to your visit and equipment in your possession. You will be required to show government-issued photo identification. For U.S. citizens, this identification will be a State-Issued Driver’s License, U.S. Passport, Common Access Card, or Military ID. For Foreign Nationals, this identification will be a Passport from country of origin. Permanent Residents will be required to show a U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

Foreign Nationals

If you are not a U.S. citizen, your host must submit a Foreign Visitor Authorization request to the Security Services Department and receive approval prior to your visit.

Unclassified meetings with Foreign Nationals require advance notice of at least 10 business days. Classified visits with Foreign Nationals may require up to 45 days advance notice.

Electronic Devices

MIT Lincoln Laboratory security policies and procedures limit the electronic devices that may be brought into Laboratory facilities. 

  • Please leave electronic devices, backpacks, luggage, and other personal items in your vehicle whenever possible while visiting Lincoln Laboratory. Some of these items may be prohibited and there is very limited storage space available.

Please email any presentations, reports, or other necessary documents directly to your host. If that is not possible, copy the unclassified documents onto a USB drive or CD. Copy only the files you need for your visit as this media will be scanned for viruses prior to your entry and scanning large quantities of unnecessary files could cause delays. 

Medical Devices

If you plan to have a personal medical device in an area where classified material is present, discussed, or processed, a Medical Device Registration form must be submitted by your host and approved prior to your visit. Please contact your Laboratory host to inform them of your medical device(s) and provide necessary information to complete the registration request.

Personal medical devices are permitted for use within unclassified environments and do not require registration.

Public Transportation and Shuttle to Lincoln Laboratory

Lincoln Laboratory is accessible to Boston via the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) public subway/bus system. MBTA schedules, routes, maps, and fare information are available at their website. 

Lincoln Laboratory's Facility Services Department operates a free shuttle service between the MIT campus in Cambridge and the main Laboratory facility. Departures from MIT originate at the MIT Medical Department on the even hours between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and the shuttle departs from the Laboratory on the odd hours between 7:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. The complete schedule is listed below.

Lincoln Laboratory — MIT Campus Shuttle

Shuttle Schedule

Leave Lincoln

Leave Medical Department

Leave MIT Building 39

Leave Lincoln Beaver Works

Arrive Lincoln

7:00 am -- 7:45 am -- 8:25 am
9:00 am 10:00 am 10:10 am 10:15 am 11:00 am
11:00 am 12:00 pm 12:10 pm 12:15 pm 1:00 pm
1:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:10 pm 2:15 pm 3:00 pm
3:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:10 pm 4:15 pm 5:00 pm
5:15 pm 6:00 pm* 6:10 pm 6:15 pm 7:00 pm

Times are approximate.

*Departs/arrives Kendall Square MBTA stop, Main Street

Shuttle arrives at the Forbes Road facility prior to arriving at the main Laboratory facility.

Consult the MIT maps showing Building 39 (Brown Building) and Medical Department (Building E23, 25 Carleton Street) for more specific locations of those shuttle stops.

Main Lincoln Laboratory Facility — Forbes Road Shuttle

Lincoln Laboratory's Facility Services Department operates a shuttle service between the main Laboratory facility and the facility on Forbes Road in Lexington. The shuttle can be picked up at the shuttle kiosk next to the parking garage, across from the entrance to South Lab.

The shuttle to Forbes Road leaves the main facility on the half hour, with the first departure at 7:30 a.m. and arrival at Forbes Road at 7:45 a.m. The shuttle from Forbes Road to the main facility leaves at quarter of and quarter past the hour.

The last shuttle run of the day leaves Forbes Road at 5:45 p.m., arriving at the main Laboratory facility at 6:00 p.m.

Local Accommodations

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus

MIT Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offers Lincoln Laboratory staff a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities.