Safety & Security

Your safety and security are important to us. For SOFIC, we continue to implement enhanced security measures. Here is what you can expect and should prepare for as you plan your SOFIC experience.

Registration Requirements

You must present a government-issued photo ID to pick up your badge on-site. Each person must pick up their own badge.

Tips to Speed Up Your Entrance

To speed entrance at all venues, we strongly encourage everyone to register online at

Leave luggage, large bags, and bulky clothing at your hotel. No coat or luggage check will be available at the convention center.

Plan ahead! Allow extra time to enter show venues and arrive at meetings and events.

Bag Search & Restrictions

The safety of all SOFIC registrants is of the highest importance. When entering the Tampa Convention Center, SOFIC will have security measures to ensure the safety of all conference attendees. Upon arrival, security personnel will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags and containers.


No personal firearms or ammunition will be permitted at SOFIC. The only firearms allowed in the Tampa Convention Center during the event must belong to Law Enforcement Officers or be on display by exhibitors whose firing pins have been removed and inspected.

For Exhibitors

Exhibitors are permitted to bring product and display material onto SOFIC event premises. All bags, boxes, and containers will be searched.

Exhibitors are encouraged to ship items to the advanced warehouse to avoid potential delays at the bag search. Exhibitor freight is also subject to search at the advance warehouse, marshalling yard, and on show site.

Highly Visible Law Enforcement Presence

At SOFIC, you will notice a highly visible law enforcement presence throughout the show and at all venues. Law enforcement officers and K9 units will be at both the entrances to the venues and on the exhibit floor.

Contacting SOFIC Security

If you see something suspicious, please report it to SOFIC via the Tampa Convention Center 24-hour security at 813-274-7791 (also found in the official SOFIC mobile app). You can also ask any SOFIC staff member, venue personnel, or security personnel. 

Also, please make sure that your family and friends know how to reach you in case of emergency.