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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. Hey Alfreda did your ever find any info on how or can you renew your Id after a honorable discharge?Because I’m having the same issue.

    1. Contact your local DEERS ID Card Office using the site locator posted in the body of this article. The staff at these sites are trained to help you solve issues like this and may be able to assist you. This is best done in person; bring documentation such as DD-214, discharge orders, old IDs, whatever you may have that may be helpful and they will go over/update your DEERS record. If you are eligible for a DoD ID Card, it’s their job to ensure that you get it provided proper documentation! Good Luck

  2. It is unbelievable how hard it is to set up an appointment to have your I.D. renewed. I have talked with the receptionist who is new at Ft Stewart Georgia two times and she always says all representatives are busy. She then says I can go on line and schedule an appointment but gives me a website that does not come up. I then call back to leave a message for a representative to call me and the receptionist says she cannot do that. How do they expect you to make an appointment if there is no way to do it. Ridiculous and impossibly frustrating

    1. My husband that I’m married to is medically retired from the military with full benefits. Since I’m his wife now will I be entitled to a military ID card with benefits.
      I will appreciate your help. Thank you.

  3. I’m a military dependent & my ID is expired. I’m also not living & at bad terms with my family. Can I still renew my ID without my sponsor?

  4. I have recently married my husband who is re enlisting into the Army. I have two children with my ex and there is a custody order in place that I have to stay in NM. When he gets stationed wherever what is the process for me to go and take my children with me legally?

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