Security

Visitor access is either from the West (near the Florida Heritage Fountain) or the East (across from the Old Capitol). Visitors in wheelchairs may use the East Entrance via the Courtyard to enter the Capitol. The Old Capitol can be entered using the handicap entrance located on the north side of the West Portico of the Old Capitol. When the Legislature is in session, the Legislative office buildings are accessible from the Courtyard. The House Office Building's entrance is on the south side of the building facing the Courtyard. The Senate Office Building entrance is on the north side towards the Courtyard.

Always allow time for possible delays for security processing when visiting the Capitol.

Condition of Entry

  • For security reasons, access to the Capitol (and by extension the House and Senate Office Buildings and the Knott Building) is conditional upon consent to search.
  • All persons must go through the detection aisle and must present purses, packages, and other objects for separate inspection. Laptops, tablets, and related items must be removed from their cases and presented for inspection. Further search may be required.
  • No weapons or other hazards allowed.
  • No sealed envelopes or packages allowed.
  • Items may not be delivered or left behind.
  • Once visitors have exited the Capitol, re-entry will require reprocessing.
  • You do have right to refuse any or all of these security screening procedures. However, entry to the building will be denied.

Security is handled by Capitol Police. For additional information, please visit the Capitol Police section of the FDLE website.