Boulder Millennium Hotel
Boulder, Colorado, United States
23 - 26 September 2018
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Security Information

Security Review

Registration requests submitted by 11 September 2015 are guaranteed to receive full security clearance review for admittance on the NIST premises.

Late registrations will be accepted after 11 September 2015, but there is no guarantee that there will be adequate time for security clearance review.

Onsite registration WILL NOT be available.

For non-US citizens, registration requires passport number and issuing country, birth date, birth city and country, citizenship, country of residence, employer, and your title/position. Required Form PDF. Please fill out and return to the NIST contact listed, only AFTER you have registered for SPIE Laser Damage.   

Authors needing a Visa to Attend
Individuals requiring Letter of Acceptance to obtain travel visas to attend are advised to submit their abstracts early. The organizing committee will review the submissions to determine acceptance. Once this is complete, you will receive an early notification regarding your submission.

Please apply for your visa as soon as possible, and no later than 3 months before the meeting.

NIST/Boulder Access Requirements

Note to all NIST Visitors:

The Boulder, Colo., campus of NIST is closed to the general public at this time. Official visitors must present photo identification upon arrival. For all Foreign National attendees, please be sure to have your Passport with you.

Once you have been granted access, visitors must wear their visitor badge at all times while on the NIST campus.

*UPDATE: New Visitor Access Requirements

Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, federal agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension.

DHS has granted extensions to Alaska, Massachusetts and Oklahoma (expiring October 10, 2015) permitting Federal agencies to accept for official purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by these states. This change brings the number of states currently subject to REAL ID enforcement to three: Arizona, Louisiana, and American Samoa.

NIST will accept only enhanced driver’s licenses (identified by the American Flag on the face of the card) from three additional states: Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York state.

Driver’s licenses from all other states and territories are Real ID-compliant or have an extension.

Site Access for Visitors with Disabilities

NIST visitors and conference attendees with disabilities are able to remain in their vehicles for the clearance process rather than having to exit their vehicles. In Boulder, access will be via the main front gate and visitors should coordinate with their NIST sponsor.

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