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. Registration will open in early 2022. 

Plan ahead! Allow extra time when entering the Tampa Convention Center. 

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.

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


No personal firearms or ammunition will be permitted during SOFIC at any venue or event. 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. However, all bags, boxes, and containers will be searched.

Exhibitors are encouraged to ship items to the advanced warehouse to avoid potential delays at 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 all entrances to SOFIC venues and on the exhibit floor.