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USPTO to Institute New Visitor Policy Effective August 4, 2014

As of August 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be instituting new access control procedures that may affect visitors to the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. 

These changes are the result of the Federal Government’s enforcement of the REAL ID Act, which enacts one of the key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.  The Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting those documents for official purposes unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determines that the state meets the minimum standards.

As of April 21, the following states do not meet the REAL ID standards:

  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Washington

Visitors to the USPTO with state issued identification from these states must present alternate forms of identification to facilitate access.  Three of the states listed above offer an Enhanced Driver’s License that is identifiable by an American flag on the license; they are New York, Minnesota, and Washington.  USPTO will accept the Enhanced Driver’s Licenses from those states. 

DHS currently accepts other forms of Federal-issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver’s license, such as a:

  • Passport
  • Passport card
  • DoD’s CAC
  • Federal agency HSPD-12 ID
  • Veterans ID
  • Military dependents ID
  • Trusted Traveler card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)

For visitors using state-issued ID to access the USPTO, only driver’s licenses or identification cards from states that meet Federal standards will be honored.  USPTO will continue to accept other forms of government-issued identification, including Federal employee badges, passports, military identification cards, or Enhanced Driver's Licenses as noted above. 

If visitors do not have acceptable identity documents, the person to be visited at USPTO will need to provide an escort in order for the visitor to access the USPTO. The visitor must be escorted at all times while in USPTO secured areas. 

For additional information about the REAL ID Act, please visit www.dhs.gov/secure-drivers-licenses.

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USPTO Headquarters - Main Campus

The USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Va. is comprised of several buildings and anchored by the Madison Buildings (East & West). See Building Details link below for locations of all buildings on the main campus.

USPTO MADISON BUILDING
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

PUBLIC SEARCH FACILITY
Madison East - 1st Floor
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SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION CENTER (STIC)
Remsen Building - Room 1D58
400 Dulany Street
(571) 272-3547 (main branch)
(571) 272-2520 (biotech-chem library)
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USPTO MUSEUM
Madison Building Atrium
571-272-0095 (local)
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PATENT AND TRADEMARK RESOURCE CENTERS (PTRCs)

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USPTO Detroit Office

USPTO DETROIT
300 River Place South, Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

Phone: (313) 446-4800

Parking

Visitors may park in the visitor parking lot (directly across the street from 300 River Place on Jos Campau). Self-park your car, pay the valet attendant $4.00 and receive a ticket. You can have the ticket validated by Security in the lobby when you sign in. Present the validated ticket to the valet attendant as you leave; your money will be refunded at that time. Note: If you opt to park your car through the valet attendant, the cost is $5 and will not be reimbursed.

Building Access

Proceed to the Security Desk and sign-in. The security guards will contact the USPTO to confirm access. They will direct you to a bank of elevators. Proceed to the 2nd floor and upon exiting, you will see the suite entrance for Suite 2900. Once you arrive, please ring the doorbell for admittance.

Read more about the USPTO satellite office in Detroit.

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