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How to Renew Your Military ID Card

Here are the necessary procedures to follow to obtain a new identification card:

Dependents

Must provide their expired ID card and one of the following:
* Sponsor present
* Power of Attorney
* DD Form 1172, signed by the sponsor

To be issued a new ID card, the current card must be within 30 days of expiration.

Lost or Stolen ID Card
Dependents need a photo ID and one of the following:
* Sponsor present
* Power of Attorney
* DD Form 1172, signed by the sponsor

Family Members
Here are the necessary procedures to follow to obtain a new identification card:
Must be between the ages of 10 and 21
Family Members must have either of the following:
a. His/Her sponsor present with ID card
b. General Power of Attorney
c. Original DD form 1172 signed by sponsor & verified by a DEERS representative
Note: DD form 1172 is only valid for 90 days
Children with dual-military parents are eligible for an ID card regardless of age.
Children of single-parent Soldiers are eligible for ID cards no matter what their age.

Dependents Aged 21-22
Here are the requirements to obtain a new identification card:

  1. Unmarried children 21 or 22 years of age (must not have attained the age of 23).
  2. Enrolled full-time in an accredited institution of higher learning.
  3. Dependent on the sponsor for over 50% of their support (or was at the time of the sponsor’s death).
  4. A letter from the school registrar certifying a full-time course of study leading to an associate’s degree or higher, beginning date, and anticipated graduation date will be necessary if enrolled in DEERS.

Note: The letter from the accredited institution must be signed by the registrar and must have the school’s raised seal available. If not enrolled in DEERS, a birth certificate and parent’s marriage certificate are required, in addition to the documentation listed above.

Children Born Out of Wedlock
Here are the necessary procedures to follow to obtain a new identification card:
1. Married couples must provide the following:
a. Marriage certificate
b. Child’s birth certificate or confirmation of birth
c. Social security card
2. Single Soldier (Male) must provide the following:
a. Child’s birth certificate
b. Social security card
c. A judge has established a court order stating paternity
3. Single Soldier (Female) must provide the following:
a. Child’s birth certificate or confirmation of birth
b. Social security card

Find the closest base/post to renew your ID.

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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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26 Comments

    1. Hello Stacey,
      OK I’ll bite, how do find the RAPIDS site? Link? What is RAPIDS an abbreviation for?

  1. my id is currently expire because I came home with an honorable discharge, i wanna know can i get my id renew to be able to get discounts such as home depot, lowe’s, exchange \pbx store,etc/?i have used it at charlotte russe and big lots for 10% discounts even with they being expire/

  2. im aware certain things I cant do with my id my i know i should b able to use it at the px if im able to get it renewed I have used it expiration at a few places with no problem/if so where can i go?

  3. I’m retired Air Force officer whose spouse’s ID form 1173 has expired. Where in the Orlando area or closest facility can we get a new card?

  4. I’m a retired USAF officer whose spouse’s form 1173 ID has expired. Where in the Orlando FL area or closest base can we get a new one ?

    1. My Husband John Charles White passed away October 2016, He was retired
      Army Air force, my card does not have a expired date, but I was told I need a new card I need to make an appointment to renew it. my phone # is 254-659-8025.

  5. My husband is retired Army and we live in Fort Kent, Maine. We’ve been trying to arrange to get my now-expired ID renewed for several months at our nearest facility (the National Guard in Caribou) but keep having problems. There are no hours of operation listed on the site finder and no one returned my husband’s phone calls for months, now we’re being told that limited hours are available on weekdays only and no exceptions will be made (even though the facility will be open for an upcoming off-site commissary sale). The other site in the area is defunct as far as I know, since Loring Air Force Base has been closed for many years.

    I own a small business and losing a workday for a day trip to Caribou is problematic – I’ll do it if I have to, but is there any alternative for a renewal? By mail, perhaps? And why do I have to do this every couple of years when my husband’s ID doesn’t even have an expiration date?

    1. I live in South Daytona; fla I need to renew my card tricare for life. can i do it on line? I will be 75 inJanuary. my card expires in oct 16th? can anyone help me?

  6. Thank you Stacey, you have been very helpful. Now people go to the site Stacey has listed ,you will find what you need for renewel.

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