The Department of Defense announced that the paper-based Uniformed Services Identification (USID) card is being phased out to a Next Generation USID card that provides more security. The security features on the card prevent counterfeiting and fraud, in part of keeping government facilities safe. Gone are the days of the green card for members of the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) and Inactive National Guard, blue for retirees, pink for retired members of the Reserves and National Guard under the age of 60. The tan card used for dependents, disabled veterans, full time USO personnel service in OCONUS, and other categories is being replaced.
There are three Next Generation USID cards
- Geneva Convention Identification Card (for those in the IRR or National Guard or civil service that do not rate a CAC card)
- Sponsor Identification and Privilege Card
- Dependent Identification and Privilege Card
- White designates current/former Uniformed Service members and their dependents and other remaining personnel
- Blue bar designate non-U.S. citizen sponsors and their dependents
Where do I get a Next Generation USID card?
As of December 2020, all ID card issuance facilities are able to provide an updated card. Check for a location and appointments near you here.
Any current USID cards that are not expired will remain valid through their expiration date. There is no need to update the card at this time unless you card is expired. Any cards that may have INDEF as an expiration date should wait to try to update your card in summer 2021. Expired cardholders are able to continue to use the expired card for base access through March 2021 and receive medical care through June 30, 2021.
Bottom Line: If you have an unexpired card, you do not need to renew your card until your current card expires. If you have an expired card, you must update your card by March 31, 2021 in order to have continued base access. If base access is not a concern, card holders can use an expired ID card for medical care through June 30, 2021. If you have an INDEF expiration, try to update your card during the summer of 2021.
Any more questions about updating your ID card? Contacts are listed here.