Welcome to the DoD ID Card Reference Center

Do you have questions about your Common Access Card (CAC) or your Uniformed Services ID Card?  This site guides you through the process of obtaining, using, and maintaining both types of cards.


Common Access Card (CAC)

"Smart" ID card for active-duty military personnel, Selected Reserve, DoD civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel.

Next Generation Uniformed Services ID (USID) Card

ID Card for military family members and military retirees to access service benefits and privileges. Beginning July 31, 2020, the Next Generation USID Card will be issued to eligible individuals at select DoD ID card facilities.

ID Card Lifecycle

The ID Card Lifecycle provides more detail about the ID card issuance and management process, along with links to associated policy documents.