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DOD to drop Social Security numbers from ID cards

Posted 4/4/2011   Updated 4/4/2011 Email story   Print story


by Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

4/4/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Air Force Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DOD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said.

Criminals use Social Security numbers to steal identities, allowing them to pillage resources, establish credit or to hijack credit cards, bank accounts or debit cards.

Currently, the Social Security number is printed on the back of common access cards, and on the front of cards issued to dependents and retirees. Beginning in June, when current cards expire, they will be replaced with new cards having a DOD identification number replacing the Social Security number, officials said. The DOD identification number is a unique 10-digit number that is assigned to every person with a direct relationship with the department. The new number also will be the service member's Geneva Convention identification number.

An 11-digit DOD benefits number also will appear on the cards of those people eligible for DOD benefits. The first nine digits are common to a sponsor, the official said, and the last two digits will identify a specific person within the sponsor's family.

Social Security numbers embedded in the bar codes on the back of identification cards will remain there for the time being, and will be phased out beginning in 2012.

The department will replace identification cards as they expire.

"Because cards will be replaced upon expiration, it will be approximately four years until all cards are replaced with the DOD ID number," Matoush said.

The identity protection program began in 2008, when DOD started removing Social Security numbers from family member identification cards.

4/28/2011 5:50:14 PM ET
you can renew a retired ID when you take your dependent in for a new ID card at any base
john e mills, usa
4/24/2011 2:05:36 PM ET
Retired ID cards with no expiration cards issued anytime or later
Gene Gross, PoseyvilleIN
4/16/2011 10:30:54 AM ET
I received the following followup message from Tammy Cournoyer at AFPC this weekYou can get a new card when their dependent's card expires. If you don't have a dependent or that is too long to wait then you can contact the nearest ID card issuing facility and make arrangements for a new card anytime after June 1. Hope this helps.
David White, Albuquerque NM
4/14/2011 7:23:59 PM ET
Good security measure.
david fox, iowa
4/13/2011 5:09:57 PM ET
Well maybe the retirees should be handled differently since we have an INDEF on our ID cards. I believe we out number the AD troops so maybe starting in June 2011 they should start adding retirees by their last names. For example ,June will be for people with last names beginning with the letters A, B and C or whatever is better.
TAC, Dothan Alabama
4/9/2011 7:17:46 PM ET
My retiree I.D. has INDEF as the expiration date plus the article does not give future instructions for replacement.
Jay Kissinger, Tehachapi CA
4/5/2011 8:09:16 PM ET
Echoing all the comments regarding ID Cards with Indefinite. What is the direction for this? Thanks.
Dave Williams, USA
4/5/2011 10:27:36 AM ET
This is a good idea that is long overdue. How will the DoD handle retiree ID cards with an expiration date of INDEF?
Gary Mead, USA
4/5/2011 10:17:53 AM ET
What about retirees that have ID cards with no exiration date?
Leos L. De Angury, Wilmington NC
4/4/2011 11:48:59 PM ET
My retiree ID card says INDEF. So what do we do?
George Baron, Washington State
4/4/2011 9:56:31 PM ET
How will this change affect current retirees who have and INDEF expiration date?
Ritchey Lyman, Las Vegas NV
4/4/2011 9:42:21 PM ET
You say ID cards will be replaced when expired however retired ID cards are Indefinite. When would be a good time to get the ID card renewed? Thank you.
robert salisbury, nevada
4/4/2011 9:08:43 PM ET
My retiree ID card does not have an expiration date. When should I apply for one of the new ID cards?
Eldon Smith, Louisville KY
4/4/2011 8:23:31 PM ET
What about Retiree IDs that have an expiration date of INDEF on the front of the?
Calvin Evans, Smithfield VA
4/4/2011 7:46:52 PM ET
Retiree cards do not have an expiration date. When will retirees change their IS's to reflect the lack of a SSAN?
Larry L. Light, Nellis AFB NV
4/4/2011 7:30:56 PM ET
Sounds great. However my identity card shows indef in the expiration section? When will I be able to get a new one when mine will never expire?
Col Frank J. Tansley USAF Ret, Navarre FL
4/4/2011 7:20:00 PM ET
Given that retiree ID cards have an indefinite expiration date how is DOD going to update the cards for those members?
John Buffin, San Jose CA
4/4/2011 7:02:41 PM ET
This info about replacing ID cards as they expire to remove the SS number is fine except retiree ID cards are Indef and don't expire. How will ours be replaced? Sincerely, MSGT Retired Larry S Parsons
Larry Parsons, Tacoma WA
4/4/2011 6:27:54 PM ET
My retired I.D. card has no experationdate. Do they not plan updating it?
William E Varnum, Illinois
4/4/2011 6:22:48 PM ET
Retiree's don't have an expiration date. We have an INDEF expiration date. It doesn't look like this was addressed.
Edward J Kierklewski, Pflugerville TX
4/4/2011 6:21:05 PM ET
What about retirees whose ID card says Indefinite? Are you expecting us to expire in 4 years or will be have to keep our cards until we do expire whichever is sooner?
MSgt Larry Beauchamp, Ashford AL
4/4/2011 6:04:03 PM ET
Since I have a retired ID card that does not expire how will it be updated.?
Henry Martin, Florida
4/4/2011 6:00:19 PM ET
This is more than overdue. Since Retiree ID's do not expire are the Service's going to go ahead and reissue those ID Cards.
Jack R Harris, Travis AFB
4/4/2011 5:59:46 PM ET
Since retirees over 70 have permanent ID Cards how will they be handled?
Clemont Jones, Big Spring TX
4/4/2011 5:52:03 PM ET
Except for those of us who have retired USAF card that has INDEF as the expiration date. This could be a duplication of one I sent and your site crashed.
Bill Axelson, Scottsdale Arizona
4/4/2011 5:51:35 PM ET
When will us retirees that have permanent cards get new ID Cards or will we? Thanks Jack
Jack Pennock, Hutchinson KS
4/4/2011 5:44:57 PM ET
What about I.D. Cards for retirees that do not have a experation date?
Kenneth Potucek, Tucson Az.
4/4/2011 5:21:54 PM ET
The Air Force ID card for Retirees does not have an expiration date. Will these cards be identifed seperatly for replacement?
Al Schmidt, Morongo Vly Ca
4/4/2011 4:49:49 PM ET
What about INDEF retiree cards? The article doesn't address.
Rodney Kent, Virginia
4/4/2011 4:38:24 PM ET
My retiree ID card has indefinite in the expiration date. When will the card be replaced with one that does not have the social security number on it
Hillard B. Dunn, JeffersonvilleIN
4/4/2011 4:37:47 PM ET
There is no mention of card replacement for retired members with an indefinite expiration on their cards. Can you please clarify?
David Ulm, CA
4/4/2011 4:19:40 PM ET
What will be done with retiree cards which have no expiration date?
Dewey H. Tweed, USA
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