Military ID Cards

Military ID Cards provide access to many services and benefits such as Tricare, legal assistance, education benefits, use of morale and welfare activities, commissaries, exchanges and of course discounts at many restaurants and stores.  Typically, eligibility is limited to military active duty servicemembers including reserves, retirees, dependents, veterans entitled to DoD benefits by law as well as other reasons.  For a complete list see the eligibility list below.

How do Veterans get Military ID Cards?

Uniformed Services ID Cards are only issued for the purpose of facilitating benefits and entitlements established by law.  Veterans must qualify under the criteria listed below in order to receive a military ID card.  Fortunately, there are other options available to Veterans who need to prove military service in order to take advantage of government benefits and discounts from restaurants and stores.

Military ID Card Types Based on Eligibility

Uniformed Services ID Cards come in 4 different colors, tan, red, blue and green and are based on the recipients type of eligibility.

DD Form 2 (Reserve)

Card color: Green

  • Members of the Individual Ready Reserves and Inactive National Guard

DD Form 2 (Retired)

Card color: Blue

  • Retired members entitled to retired pay
  • Members on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL)
  • Members on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL)

DD Form 2 (Reserve Retired)

Card color: Red

  • Retired members of the Reserves and National Guard under the age of 60.

DD Form 1173

Card color: Tan

  • Dependents of:
    • 100% Disabled Veterans (DAV)
    • Active-duty service members
    • Former members in receipt of retired pay
    • Medal of Honor recipients
    • Reserve component servicemembers on active duty for more than 30 days
    • Retirees
    • Ship’s Officers and Crewmembers of NOAA Vessels
    • Transitional Health Care Members (TAMP)
  • Surviving dependents of: active-duty and retired military members; Medal of Honor recipients; and 100% Disabled Veterans (DAV)
  • Accompanying family members of authorized civilian personnel overseas or in CONUS, HI, or AK when required to reside on a military installation.
  • Eligible dependents of foreign military.
  • Other benefits-eligible categories as described in DoD policy.

DD Form 1173-1 – (Guard and Reserve family member)

Card color: Red

  • Dependents of:
    • Former members not in receipt of retired pay
    • Reserve members not on Active Duty or in receipt of retired pay
    • Reserve service members who die after receipt of NOE
  • Other benefits-eligible categories as described in DoD policy

DD Form 2765

Card color: Tan

  • 100% disabled veterans
  • Area Executives, Center Directors, and Assistant Directors of the USO when Serving OCONUS
  • Former members in receipt of retired pay
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Officers and Crews of MSC Vessels deployed to foreign countries
  • Other benefits-eligible categories as described in DoD policy
  • Select Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) personnel
  • Transitional Health Care Member (TAMP)
  • United Seaman’s Service (USS) Personnel OCONUS

How to get a Military ID Card

  • You must have a sponsor to guide you through the process
  • Register with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) by completing Form 1172-2
  • Visit a Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS) site for final verification and processing.

How to Replace a Military ID Card

Locate the nearest RAPIDS sites, go online or call to schedule an appointment and bring two forms of ID.

Can Commercial Establishments Photocopy Military Identification Cards?

Photocopying U.S. government identification is a violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701 and is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.  It is acceptable to provide military or government ID to commercial establishments but they cannot copy or duplicate it in anyway.  Both military personnel and commercial establishments are often times unaware of this law while attempting to verify military affiliation for government rates, discounts or deals on services, lodging or products.

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