DoD Response to COVID-19 - DoD ID Cards and Benefits
The Department of Defense is committed to protecting the security of our nation and its people by issuing identification (ID) cards to individuals requiring access to government systems and facilities, and to eligible individuals authorized to receive Uniformed Service benefits and privileges by law.
The Department is equally committed to the safety of our personnel and beneficiaries, including retirees and other high-risk populations. This includes ensuring continued access to healthcare and other benefits during this time of increasing precaution and restrictions in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To ensure DoD ID card offices are postured to maintain continuity of operations, and to minimize the number of non-essential required visits at DoD ID card offices, the following guidance is in effect for Uniformed Services ID (USID) cards that expired between January 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 ONLY (this does not apply to Common Access Cards):
Extension of policy guidance is permitted through:
August 31, 2021
October 31, 2021
January 31, 2022
Previous policy guidance for USID card operations is no longer in effect:
The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) will continue to be the authoritative source to verify statutory eligibility for DoD Healthcare and other benefits.
News & Updates
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) June 2021 Update
The following FAQs are provided to assist USID cardholders whose ID card expired on or after January 1, 2020, or will expire prior to July 31, 2021.
DEERS Enrollment and USID Card Issuance During COVID-19 June 2021 Update
The following guide is provided to assist DoD beneficiaries who require initial DEERS enrollment and USID card issuance, DEERS eligibility updates, and reissuance of expired or soon-to-expire USID cards.
DoD ID Card Fact Sheet
The following fact sheet is provided for individuals with expiring or soon to expire USID cards.
ID Card Office Online (IDCO)
The ID Card Office Online web application is used to update information stored on a user's CAC, and to add and update family member information. The website also allows individuals to locate their nearest ID card facility and schedule appointments. DoD ID card facilities are keeping their hours and availability up to date on the site locator and appointment scheduler, as well as local phone lines and websites.
The following table contains guidance from each state and U.S. territory regarding the extension of expiration dates on state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards.
DoD Civilian Employee CAC Retention
This memorandum permits DoD civilian personnel transferring between DoD Components, or organizations within DoD Components, to retain their CAC. This policy is part of DoD's concerted effort to eliminate or minimize barriers to the mobility of DoD civilian personnel within the Department.