Department of Defense ID Card Issuance Process
The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to protecting the security of our nation and its people by issuing identification (ID) cards to individuals requiring access to government systems and facilities. The DoD ID card issuance process consists of several steps to ensure the correct ID card is issued and the appropriate benefits and privileges are assigned.
An important step is the verification of a customer's identity by reviewing the two required forms of identification and their information in the Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
When you report to a DoD ID Card issuing facility, the card issuer, called a Verifying Official (VO), will ask the customer to present an existing DoD ID card, if available, as well as other identity documentation as an added layer of security. In verifying the authenticity of required documents before issuing a DoD ID card, the VO has an important responsibility to prevent fraud and protect the security of our nation.

 Pre-Arrival Checklist What to Bring:
1. Bring two forms of acceptable identification.

One form of identification must be a photo ID issued by a state or federal agency.

The second form of identification can be any of a list of secondary documents, such as a birth certificate or Social Security Number card. A complete list of acceptable identification documents follows  

2. Bring supporting eligibility documentation, if applicable.

When requesting changes to an existing ID card such as an extending benefits or adding a new family to a record, the customer must bring supporting documentation. For example, eligibility documentation may include a marriage certificate, dependency determination, or birth certificate.

A complete list of acceptable eligibility documents follows.

Sponsor and Family Member Identity Documents
Sponsors and adult Family Members (including children over age 21) must bring two forms of acceptable identification. Examples of acceptable identity documents include:
  • DoD Identification Card (DoD Sponsor or DoD Family Member card issued to you)
  • Driver's License
  • U.S. Passport
  • Photo ID Card issued by federal, state, or local government
  • Foreign Passport
  • Foreign National ID with photo
  • INS Forms to include Form N-560, N-561, N-550, N-570, I-151, I-551, I-688, I-688A, I-327 I-571, I-688B
Family Member Relationship Documents

When adding Family Members, the RAPIDS operator will request relationship documents in order to verify the relationships and the associated eligibility for the DoD ID card and benefits.

 

If the person being added or requesting DoD ID card issuance is a…

 

Bring the following additional documents to establish Relationship and Eligibility…

Spouse

 

Ø       Marriage Certificate

Ø       SJA statement certifying common-law marriage

Child

 

Ø       Birth Certificate

Ø       Certificate of live birth

Ø       Consular Report of Birth Abroad, FS-240

Ø       Court order that establishes paternity

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Ø       Adoption decree

Child

 

Incapacitated and Over Age 21

Documents Required for Child (listed above) +

Ø       Statement certifying non-eligibility to Medicare Part A

Child

 

[Student over 21 and not yet 23]

Documents Required for Child (listed above) +

Ø       Letter from school registrar

Foster Child

 

Ø       Birth Certificate

Ø       Certificate of live birth

Ø       Consular Report of Birth Abroad, FS-240

Ø       Placement for at least 12 consecutive months

Foster Child

 

[Incapacitated and over 21]

Documents Required for Foster Child (listed above) +

Ø       Medical sufficiency statement from MTF

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Ø       Statement certifying non-eligibility to Medicare Part A

Foster Child

 

[Student over 21 and not yet 23]

Documents Required for Foster Child (listed above) +

Ø       Letter from school registrar

Stepchild

 

Ø       Birth Certificate

Ø       Certificate of live birth

Ø       Consular Report of Birth Abroad, FS-240

Ø       Marriage Certificate

Stepchild

 

[Incapacitated and over 21]

Documents Required for Step Child (listed above) +

Ø       Medical sufficiency statement from MTF (Favorable dependency determination

Ø       Statement certifying non-eligibility to Medicare Part A

Stepchild

 

[Student over 21 and not yet 23]

Documents Required for Step Child (listed above) +

Ø       Letter from school registrar

Pre-Adoptive Child

 

Ø       Document from placement agency

Ø       Birth Certificate

Ø       Certificate of live birth

Ø       Consular Report of Birth Abroad, FS-240

Ø       Document from placement agency reflecting date of birth

Pre-Adoptive Child

[Incapacitated and over 21]

Documents Required for Pre-Adoptive Child (listed above) +

Ø       A physician's statement indicating incapacitation after 21st birthday and before 23rd

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Ø       A current physician's statement

Pre-Adoptive Child

 

[Student over 21 and not yet 23]

Documents Required for Pre-Adoptive Child (listed above) +

Ø       Letter from school registrar

Ward

 

Ø       Birth Certificate

Ø       Certificate of live birth

Ø       Consular Report of Birth Abroad, FS-240

Ø       Placement for at least 12 consecutive months

Ward

 

[Incapacitated and over 21]

Documents Required for Ward (listed above) +

Ø       Medical sufficiency statement from MTF

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Ø       Statement certifying non-eligibility to Medicare Part A

Ward

 

[Student over 21 and not yet 23]

Documents Required for Ward (listed above) +

Ø       Letter from school registrar

Parent

 

Ø       Sponsor’s birth certificate

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Parent-in-law

 

Ø       Spouse’s birth certificate

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Stepparent

 

Ø       Sponsor’s birth certificate

Ø       Spouse’s birth certificate

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

20/20/20 Unremarried Former Spouse

 

Ø       Statement of Service

Ø       DD Form 214

Ø       Dates of inclusive service

20/20/20 Unmarried Former Spouse

 

Ø       Marriage Certificate

Ø       Divorce decree

Ø       Death Certificate

20/20/15 Unremarried Former Spouse

 

 

[divorced before 04/01/85]

-or-

[divorced after 04/01/85]

-or-

[divorced after 09/29/88]

Ø       Statement of Service

Ø       DD Form 214

Ø       Dates of inclusive service

Unremarried Former Spouse

 

10/20/10 [sponsor retirement eligible]

Ø       Proof of application to receive portion of retirement pay

Ø       DFAS-CL code L

Unmarried Former Spouse

10/20/10 [sponsor retirement eligible

Ø       Marriage Certificate

Ø       Divorce decree

Ø       Death Certificate

Unremarried Former Spouse

 

 

[Reserve Retiree < 60]

[Reserve Retiree > 60]

Ø       Statement of Service

Ø       DD Form 214

Ø       Dates of inclusive service

Transition Compensation

 

Ø       DD Form 2698

Ø       Letter from US Army Community and Family Support Center

Child of Transition Compensation

 

Ø       DD Form 2698

 

Child of 10/20/10

 

Ø       Proof of application to receive portion of retirement pay

Ø       DFAS-CL code L

Terminate to become Child

 

Ø       Court order that establishes paternity

Ø       Adoption decree

Ø       Favorable dependency determination

Ø       Birth Certificate

Ø       Certificate of live birth

Ø       Consular Report of Birth Abroad, FS-240