Whether visiting for work, friends, or family, the 18th Security Forces Squadron Pass and Registration, located at the entrance of Kadena AB Gate 1, should be the first stop for those needing access to the base. Handling everything from passes to restricted area badges, the airmen and civilians working at the Pass and Registration Office want to be of service. To save time and unnecessary trips, this page is dedicated to outlining all the appropriate paperwork needed for different types of passes, badges, and permits.
A Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) U.S. Forces, Japan Operator's Permit (USFJ Form 4EJ) stands as a contract of sorts between the Government of Japan and the United States allowing licensed military members, DoD civilians and their families to drive while stationed in Japan. For operator's permit related inquiries, please visit the link by clicking on "SOFA Operator's Permit".
We only issue Operator's Permits to U.S. AIR FORCE, U.S. SPACE FORCE, DODEA, AAFES and DECA personnel. *U.S. MARINE CORPS, U.S. ARMY, U.S. NAVY personnel and dependents must contact Marine Corps Camp Foster Base Safety Office DSN: 645-3369 for respective permit issues.
DBIDS Card Procedures
*DBIDS Cards will not be issued to personnel that already possess a base access credential. (i.e., Common Access Card or Dependent ID)
MLC, IHA, and Local Contractors
1. DBIDS Card Application:
- For MLC/IHA: KADENA AB Form 2 (Right click & "Save link as")
- For Local Contractors: KADENA AB Form 3 (Right click & "Save link as"
*Forms must only be signed by approved personnel on the delegation later from the sponsoring unit’s commander
2. Koseki Shohon (Japan Family Register)
3. Copy of Identification
Japanese Citizens may provide one of the following forms:
Non-Japanese Citizen may provide one of the following forms:
*Please include all applicant’s names and dates of birth in English above the scanned image of the provided Identification
4. Individual Information Sheet (Do not convert this Excel Sheet to PDF)
Pass requests must be submitted electronically through our org box. For the form and further information/questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DoD Civilian Retiree
If there is a request for the DoD Civilian Retiree spouse, the required documents are listed below:
Both, the sponsor and spouse must be present when being issued a DBIDS Card.
If their Japan Residence Card is not expired, a DBIDS Card will be issued to a maximum of three years.
If the Japan Residence Card expires within the three years, a DBIDS Card will be issued to the expiration date on the Residence Card.
For further information or questions, please email: email@example.com
Visitor passes can be issued at Gate 1 and Gate 2 Visitor Control Center (VCC).
The following individuals may sponsor/escort guests onto Kadena Air Base:
*Note* Master Labor Contract (MLC) / Indirect Hire Agreement (IHA) employees, Local Contractors, GOJ officials, Foreign Military personnel, and U.S. Consulate local staff with escort authority may only escort personnel when required for official business.
Proper Identification for DBIDS Registration
One of the following is required:
*U.S. Citizens must provide Social Security Number.
*If a minor (under the age of 18), parental permission form is required.
The Unescorted Extended Stay Visitor Pass is for residents who live in Kadena AB, Chibana housing, and O’Donnell Gardens housing area; with visitors who do not reside on the main island of Okinawa. Visitors will be issued an unescorted visitor pass for up to 90 days and will not exceed the expiration date of the Japanese landing permission stamped on their passport (for individuals who do not live in Japan). Requests for this pass will be submitted to Pass and Registration Oﬃce via email no later than 10 business days prior to the visit to allow adequate time for ﬁtness determination and approval.
*SOFA status individuals who live oﬀ-base cannot request the Unescorted Extended Stay Visitor Pass.
For the memorandum template and further questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding a Restricted Area Badge, please contact your Unit Security Manager.
To make an appointment:
SOFA Operator's Permit / Restricted Area Badge
Hours of operation for SOFA Operator's Permit, Restricted Area Badge, and DBIDS Card
- Pass and Registration Office (Bldg. 31) is open Monday - Friday from 0730-1600 hrs.
- We are closed every last Friday of the month for training.
- We are closed weekends, holidays and family days.
Hours of operation for Escorted Visitor Pass
- Gate 1 Visitor Control Center (Bldg. 31) is open 7 days week from 0600-2200 hrs.
- Gate 2 Visitor Control Center (Bldg. 346) is open 7 days week from 0600-0100 hrs.
Visitor Pass / SOFA Operator's Permit / Restricted Area Badege