Delegate Check-In And Security

With 14,000 attendees expected at the 2014 Policy Conference, AIPAC is instituting a number of delegate check-in process and conference security procedures. First-time attendees and returning delegates alike should read on to know what to expect.

Credentialing

Last year, we introduced a new system to expedite the registration process by mailing conference badges and lanyards ahead of the conference. If you confirmed your mailing address, your badge and lanyard will be mailed to you in mid-February. Please be sure to bring your credentials with you to Washington. You must present your badge and a valid government issued photo ID each time you enter the Washington Convention Center during the conference.

If you arrive to Washington without your badge, you can go to the Carnegie Library, located across the street from the Convention Center’s Mt. Vernon entrance, across Mt. Vernon Place. You must be present to pick up your own badge from the library. Spouses or family members are not permitted to check-in other members of their families.

Saturday:  3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Monday:  7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Tuesday:  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Entering the Convention Center

You must present your badge and a valid government issued photo ID each time you enter the Washington Convention Center during the conference. With your credentials and ID you will enter the Convention Center either at the L Street or Mt. Vernon Place entrance, both of which are located between 7th and 9th Streets. Buses from conference hotels will unload on 7th street.

Security

AIPAC Policy Conference takes security very seriously. Delegates must present their badge and a valid form of government issued ID and pass through security each time they enter the Convention Center.

The delegate entrances to the Convention Center are constructed along L Street, located between the two main buildings of the Convention Center, through climate-controlled tents. Delegates are able to enter on L Street or Mt. Vernon Place between 7th and 9th Streets.

Additional security will be added inside the building on Tuesday morning for Prime Minister Netanyahu. This secondary security, administered by the U.S. Secret Service, has strict rules that prohibit umbrellas and laptop computers. Please allow additional time to clear security prior to these sessions.

Prior to sessions with Secret Service, the following items are prohibited from the Convention Center:

  • Liquids & Drinks
  • Laptops
  • Umbrellas
  • Luggage
  • Aerosol Sprays
  • Lighters
  • Matches
  • Pepper Spray/Mace
  • Sharp Objects

Delegate Badges

Delegate badges must be worn at all times in the Convention Center. If you lose your conference badge please go to the Carnegie Library, located across the street from the Convention Center’s Mt. Vernon entrance so we can deactivate your old badge and issue you a new one.

Attire

Attire for sessions on Sunday and Monday is business casual. Business attire is appropriate for lobbying appointments on Tuesday. The Convention Center is very large and comfortable shoes are a must throughout the conference.

Coat check is available at the Convention Center and is located along the Concourse Level of the Convention Center and in the AIPAC Village. Luggage brought to the Convention Center must be left at the coat check.

Please note that no laptop computers or umbrellas will be permitted into any sessions featuring high-level American or Israeli speakers. These items should be left at the coat check.

Handicap Accessibility in the Convention Center

If you require extra assistance around the Convention Center, electronic scooters are available for rent. Reservations can be made directly with Scootaround at 888-441-7575. Wheelchairs are available at the Washington Convention Center information desk, on a first-come first-serve basis. Delegates in need of wheelchairs will return them at the conclusion of each day.