Update: Due to the volume of registration requests, the Marines are unable to respond, either ‘Yay” or “Nay” to your application. You will get an auto-response when submitting your request, but you’ll only know if you’re cool when you present at the sentry.
The need for increased security for Marines, their families, and civilians who live and work on the base has led to a new policy requiring all bicyclists riding through to register at least 7 days in advance of appearing at the gate.
The online registration form is accessed here. It takes approximately one week to process the request. And clearance must be renewed annually.
The base has made Stewart Mesa and Vandergrif roads available as an alternative to the I-5 freeway for about 40 years. Annual registration allows the USMC to extend this courtesy to bicyclists and achieve a higher level of safety for the base at the same time.
The I-5 is still available to bicyclists 24/7 between Harbor Dr. and Las Pulgas Rd. Bicyclists who are not preregistered will be expected to use the freeway.