Vehicle/parking passes are NOT required to access MCRD Parris Island. Vehicle operators must have a valid ID, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
Foreign nationals must have proof they’re in the U.S. legally as well as a valid passport or driver’s license.
The Marine Corps has a strict policy on motorcycle safety, and base regulations supersede any local or state regulations, especially pertaining to helmet laws. Visit www.mcrdpi.marines.mil to see MCRD Parris Island’s motorcycle rules and regulations.
Guests should check in at the Douglas Visitors’ Center at arrival. Check in by finding the clipboard for your Marine’s platoon and provide the number of visitors in your party and a phone number your Marine can call if he/she is unable to find you after the Liberty Ceremony. You’ll only need to check in once.
The Marines at the Douglas Visitors’ Center can answer questions, give you a map of key locations, and tell you the best places to see during your visit. You can also buy official Marine Corps clothing and gifts and order an official Graduation DVD.
Parking is limited as MCRD Parris Island is a working Marine Corps base whose primary function is to make Marines. Military personnel will direct traffic and steer you to parking areas during peak hours. There will also be complimentary trams to shuttle you to event locations and parking areas.
You will be doing a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. We ask that you respect MCRD Parris Island by staying on the sidewalk and staying off the grass.
Military personnel will direct traffic and assist you in crossing streets safely during peak hours.
Wednesday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 – after Graduation
Complimentary trams shuttle you to event locations and parking areas. Trams run approximately 20 minutes apart.
Exploring MCRD Parris Island and its rich history is encouraged. However, some places are off-limits for your safety and to allow recruits to train undisturbed:
Firearms and fireworks are prohibited. All vehicles and individuals are subject to search.
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