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MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905
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Visiting MCRD Parris Island

Base Access

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 to see MCRD Parris Island’s motorcycle rules and regulations.

Checking In

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 & Transportation

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.


Restricted Areas
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:

  • Inside of the barracks and chow halls occupied by recruits in training
  • Obstacle and confidence courses
  • The area where the Crucible is held
  • Past any barricaded area, including the Yellow Footprints. Liberty is the only time walking to the Yellow Footprints is permitted. Driving is always prohibited.
  • Past any hazard or restricted area signs
  • On base housing areas and permanent personnel quarters

Prohibited Items
Firearms and fireworks are prohibited. All vehicles and individuals are subject to search.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Address military personnel by the rank and name displayed on their uniforms unless asked to do otherwise. View rank insignias at or ask your Marine to help you. When in doubt, use “sir” or “ma’am”.
  • The Colors is the daily raising and lowering of the flag. If you’re on base during this time and can hear the Morning or Evening Colors call, stand, refrain from talking, and face the flag if visible. If you’re in your vehicle, pull over and stop if safe. A Morning Colors ceremony will be held the morning of Graduation. Learn more about the ceremony.
  • Refer to Marines as “Marines”, not “Soldiers”. Soldier is sometimes unknowingly used as a general term for military personnel but it actually refers to an individual in the U.S. Army.
  • Be courteous and respectful to other families, military personnel, and the base itself.
  • Keep prescription medication in its original container with the original prescription label.


  • Do not approach, call out to, photograph, or attempt to distract recruits or Drill Instructors undergoing training.
  • Do not approach recruits, Marines, or Drill Instructors in formation. As tempting as it is to run up and hug your loved one or get the perfect close-up picture, please keep an appropriate distance.
  • Do not walk across the Peatross Parade Deck.
  • Civilians do not need to salute uniformed service members.
  • Refrain from any jokes or references to violent or threating activity to an individual, group of individuals, or property. They will be treated seriously.
  • Using a cell phone that isn’t hands-free while operating a vehicle is prohibited.