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(Updated July 2022)
Need to renew your military ID but not sure how? Lost your ID? Need to get a new ID for a family member? Need to update your address or other information? MOAA has organized the resources you’ll need for all those activities below; click the link to go directly to the subject of interest, or scroll down for all the information:
The Uniformed Services ID Card is for military family members, retirees and former servicemembers, members of the Individual Ready Reserves, and inactive National Guard members. Other military community members who may be eligible for military benefits include former spouses who have not remarried, 100% disabled veterans, and Transitional Health Care recipients.
The Common Access Card (CAC) is the standard ID for active duty service members as well as Selected Reserve members, DoD civilian employees, and some contractors.
The renewal date for military ID cards varies depending on a wide variety of factors; in general, it is every four years and the expiration date is on the front of the card.
Children under 14 will not be issued an ID card unless:
Beginning in the summer of 2021, DoD began issuing Uniformed Service Identification (USID) cards with indefinite expiration dates to dependent spouses and other eligible individuals at age 65 (previously age 75). This issuance does not impact cards issued with indefinite expiration dates before 2021.
If you are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), your eligibility can be verified and the card can be issued at the nearest military ID card issuing office.
The easiest way to make an appointment is by going to the ID Card Office Online (RAPIDS) website. The site has an ID Card Office Locator where you can plug in your ZIP code and find the closest office to you. Many offices are not answering their phones at this time, so it’s best to make an appointment online.
Appointments fill up quickly. If you cannot find an available appointment, you may need to widen your search radius and look further out. Some offices also have walk-in hours.
The following special categories of personnel must have their ID card application verified by their service branch (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration):
Beneficiaries should apply for a new ID card when their existing card is within 90 days of expiring. Many card-issuing locations have a significant backlog of customers, so it’s a good idea to make an appointment well in advance of the expiration date.
First introduced in July 2020, the Next Gen USID Card transitions the current ID card to plastic cardstock with enhanced security features. ID card issuance facilities will issue Next Gen USID cards to those with expiring ID cards.
Individuals with older cards that have an indefinite expiration date (INDEF) may exchange those cards for Next Gen USID cards at their convenience by following the instructions in the section How do I Get a New ID Card? Per a July 2022 Military.com report, plans call for the complete phase-out of older cards by 2026; MOAA contacted DoD's Defense Manpower Data Center to determine a specific date and was told it is "has yet to be determined," and that officials "encourage those with an ID card that has an indefinite expiration date printed thereon, to schedule an appointment to have the card replaced at their convenience sometime between now and 2026."
Individuals with older cards that have an expiration date should follow the regular replacement process, applying for a new ID within 90 days of the expiration date. Cards will not be reissued solely for the purpose of upgrading to the Next Gen USID.
Two forms of ID from this list of acceptable identity documents. One must be an unexpired, federal- or state-issued photo ID.
You should review the Pre-Arrival Checklist at CAC.mil, which contains all of the information needed to obtain or renew a DoD ID card.
DoD reports continuing, significant problems with maintaining accurate and current addresses in the DEERS database, particularly for retired servicemembers and their families and survivors.
It is important for surviving family members to update their personal information in DEERS when the active duty or retired sponsor dies.
You can update your information at milConnect ID Card Office Online if you have a DS Logon or CAC card.
Alternatively, members may fax the data to (831) 655-8317 or call DEERS at (800) 538-9552. You also can update your address by writing:
DEERS Support Office
400 Gigling Road
Seaside, CA 93955-6671
If you are disabled or have an incapacitated dependent and cannot get to an ID card office, you may be able obtain a new ID card by mail from the nearest military ID card office.
Locate your nearest ID card office by using the RAPIDS site locator. Call the office to verify mail-in ID card procedures. Plan ahead if updating by mail; the process may take from four to six weeks.
The list below describes the general process. MOAA recommends you call the nearest ID card for specific information: