Retirees: Renew Your Expired ID Before Jan. 31

Retirees: Renew Your Expired ID Before Jan. 31
A security guard checks an identification card at the main Fort Benning, Ga., gate in April 2020. (Photo by Patrick Albright/Army)

Retirees and their dependents who’ve been able to use expired Uniformed Services ID (USID) cards as part of COVID-related deadline extensions need to renew those cards by month’s end. 


The extension applies only to beneficiaries holding cards with expiration dates between Jan. 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021. Currently serving members and their dependents had until Oct. 31, 2021, to renew their cards, while retirees and their dependents will have until Jan. 31. Please note: If your ID card is not expired, this extension does not apply to your card and you are not required to renew.


DoD officials announced in September they planned no further extensions. The existing extension applies only to ID cards that expired during the above period. 




Cardholders can begin the renewal process at DoD’s online ID card office. That site allows beneficiaries to: 

  • Find a nearby Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS) ID card office and make an appointment. 
  • Update your ID card information and contact details. 
  • View or renew family member ID cards. 


Get answers to some frequently asked questions on the ID process at this link (PDF). For further guidance or to report a problem, contact the Defense Manpower Data Center at (800) 538-9522. 


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