Dec 29 2010
Should you get a new military ID card at age 65 or not? We recommend yes. Technically, it’s not required but it may save you some grief down the line.
ID cards for retired military members have an “indefinite” expiration date on the front of the card. On the back of the card is an expiration date for medical benefits that expires the month prior to you turning age 65. While your entitlement and access to medical benefits do not end after the expiration date, it could cause problems if you don’t update your card.
We recently received an email from a member who told us of his trip to the base pharmacy. He still used his original retired ID card with an expired medical date on the back. His card was confiscated by the pharmacy. Turns out, the base hospital implemented a local policy to confiscate cards in an effort to get cards updated for those over 65 years old.
In this fast paced, ever changing world, military ID cards have undergone several updates over the years, photos get old, and some service providers won’t understand the date on the back doesn’t render the card expired. People aren’t ID card experts. An expired date means one thing to most; game over. Save yourself the potential grief and get a new card.
UPDATE ON REMOVAL OF SSN FROM ID CARDS–14 Jan 2011
The plan to remove Social Security Numbers from military ID cards continues. The plan is in three stages. Stage One was implemented as of 2008; the removal of SSN from DEPENDENT ID cards. As dependents update their cards on normal expiration dates, their new cards will not have SSNs. Stage Two is under way; the replacement of SSN on military member’s ID Card with a new DOD ID number. Stage Three is replacing the SSN in ID card bar coding systems. Total completion date is 2012. See this DOD memo for the details: http://www.cac.mil/assets/pdfs/SSN%20Memo%20Signed.pdf.
Each base is proceeding at different speeds so we don’t know the implementation status at each base. Expect differences. Want to find out the status at your base? Search for your nearest ID card office and phone number on this site and call the ID card office for details; http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/owa/home.