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Obtaining and Renewing Military ID and Common Access Cards During COVID-19

Current as of July 19, 2021


Department of Defense Commitment

The DOD is committed to protecting the nation’s security as well as your safety and that of your family. This includes temporarily updating issuance and renewal processes for ID cards and CACs to ensure your continued access to health care and other benefits during this time of increased precaution and restrictions.

Your military benefits, like access to commissaries and exchanges and health care, tie into your military identification card. At a time of increased precautions and restrictions because of coronavirus disease 2019, you may be wondering how military ID, Common Access Card and Volunteer Logical Access Credentials issuance and renewal will work.

Review the following details to learn about temporary updates that change issuance and renewal processes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renewing military ID cards

The Department of Defense has extended benefits for holders of military ID cards with expiration dates between Jan. 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021. If the cardholder’s affiliation is unchanged, benefits will continue as follows:

  • Through Aug. 31, 2021, for all foreign affiliates and their dependents
  • Through Oct. 31, 2021, for active-duty, Guard and reserve service members and their dependents
  • Through Jan. 31, 2022, for retirees, their dependents and all others

Also, note the following:

  • ID cards that expired before Jan. 1, 2020, have not been extended and must be replaced. ID cards with expiration dates after July 31, 2021, must be replaced by their expiration date.
  • Remotely issued military ID cards are valid for their full lifecycle. Dependents’ ID cards are valid for four years unless eligibility ends sooner.
  • Contact your nearest RAPIDS site for assistance or to schedule an appointment to renew your ID card or get a replacement if it is lost or stolen.
  • Do not use your ID card if your eligibility has ended. The DOD will verify your eligibility electronically before taking away an expired ID card with an expiration date between Jan. 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021.

If your status is listed in the Individuals column of the following chart, take the corresponding step(s) noted to renew your ID card that is set to expire between Jan. 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021.

Individuals With Expiring Military ID Cards

IndividualsImpact to BenefitsSteps to Take
Sponsors and dependents turning age 65You must be enrolled in Medicare Part B for continued benefits.
  1. Check milConnect to see whether Medicare Part B has been reported.
  2. Contact your nearest RAPIDS site for assistance and have the following ready:
    1. Completed DD Form 1172-2, indicating that sponsor is providing more than 50% support
    2. Proof of enrollment in Medicare Part B
Dependents turning age 21You must be enrolled as a full-time student, be approved as an incapacitated dependent or be registered for TRICARE Young Adult for continued eligibility.
  1. Students, contact your nearest RAPIDS site for assistance and have the following ready:
    1. Completed DD Form 1172-2, indicating that sponsor is providing more than 50% support
    2. Proof of enrollment as a full-time student
  2. Incapacitated dependents, contact your nearest RAPIDS site for assistance and have the following ready:
    1. Completed DD Form 1172-2
    2. Medical Sufficiency Statement
    3. Financial Dependency Determination
  3. TRICARE Young Adult, contact your nearest RAPIDS site for assistance and have the following ready:
    1. Completed DD Form 1172-2
    2. Proof of enrollment in TRICARE Young Adult
  • Expired USID card will need to be renewed, reflecting the change of status for the dependent for accessing medical care and installation.
  • After student or incapacitation status is updated in DEERS, take action to ensure TRICARE enrollment is extended.
Guard and reserve members and dependentsBenefits for National Guard and reserve members and their dependents are tied to the member’s active-duty status. If the member’s active-duty status is extended, benefits are extended as well.
  1. If active-duty status is extended, no action is needed.
  2. If active-duty status is completed:
    1. Purchase TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Prime or Select, if eligible, under the Transitional Health Care Program (Also known as TAMP).
  • Member can continue to use current DOD ID card.
  • NOTE: Member with expired CAC or USID card will need to renew their card, including dependent family members with expired USID card.
Retiring service members and dependentsBenefits for members who are retiring and their dependents are tied to the member’s status.
  1. Must enroll in TRICARE Prime or Select.
  2. Can continue to use current DOD ID card.

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