How to Get a Military ID

As an Army wife, your military ID card is one of the most essential documents you will ever have in your possession while your soldier serves in the Army.

It serves as your way to access the post, allows you to shop in the commissary and PX, serves as your insurance card, and can sometimes entitle you to valuable military discounts.

Who is eligible?

  • Spouses (wives and husbands)
  • Widows who have never remarried
  • Unmarried children who are 10-21 (or up to age 23 for college students)
  • Disabled unmarried children over the age of 21 who cannot support themselves
  • Parents who rely on the soldier for more than half of their monetary support monthly

Your husband likely was instructed by his recruiter to take his marriage certificate, birth certificate, and other pertinent paperwork with him to reception (time before he begins basic training).

While he is in reception, your soldier will enroll each dependent (as stated above) in DEERS (Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System). He will complete DD Form 1172 so that each dependent can obtain an ID.

Your soldier will then mail this form to you. When you receive it (which may take several weeks or longer), proceed to the nearest military base. You do not have to go to an Army post. My ID was made at an Air Force base closest to my home.

It seems that every ID station has different requirements. I only had to have the DD Form 1172 to have my ID made. Others have had to show birth certificates or a power of attorney. Be safe and take all of your documentation with you, or call ahead and ask.

If you are not close to a military installation, you can always wait until you go for your husband’s graduation or until he gets to his first duty station. Just keep in mind that you will not be able to take advantage of any military benefits without your ID.

Find the closest military base to have your military ID made.

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. My boyfriend just got his orders for his first duty station, we are planning on getting married as soon as he gets leave so he can take me with him. my question is, is it possible for me to get a Military ID before we actually get married? if not, is there anything we can do to in order to make the process of me going with him to his duty station faster?

  2. My husband was in the army but had been discharged when we married in 1995. I never inquired about getting a spousal ID to get on base to shop as I wasn’t aware of the ID nor did I get our son a dependent ID. My husband passed last March so I’m inquiring to see if we’re still eligible for the ID to get on base to shop at the commissary,’.

  3. I would like to know the cost and what all I have to do to get a wife id but I am not married to my spouse yet

    1. There is no cost. Once you’re married, he can go with you to the office on post to apply for an ID. You’ll need a copy of your marriage certificate and 2 forms of ID.

  4. Hello! I am from philippines, i meet US army in facebook he is working in Syria peace keeping in war zone. And he is looking for a serious relationship, and i looking too, we are now 4 months and we would like to be a happy family. He would to receive me his money in the bank for he to be able to come in philippines and soon we meet, and he has spoken to general manager of the bank to process my id card the bank need $1500 for the processing, is this possible to receive me and he come to philippines to meet us soon and have a family

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