Fort Detrick
Military Personnel Division (MPD)

ID Card Section Hours
Monday-Wednesday and Friday 0800-1530
Thursday 0900-1530

Address
Community Support Center
Bldg. 1520, Room 139A, Freedman Drive
Telephone: 301-619-7311

All customers must arrive at the MPD prior to 1530 for ID card services.

General Procedures for getting an ID Card

(Updated - 19 February 2010)

The Department of Defense (DoD) provides members of the Uniformed Services with a distinct ID card identifying them as active duty, Guard, Reserve, or retired members and authorizing them to receive Uniformed Services' benefits. The DoD also issues members' eligible family members and other eligible individuals a distinct ID card authorizing them to receive Uniformed Services' benefits and privileges.

Please note:

  • Military personnel in duty uniform (physical training uniform not acceptable) will have priority over other customers between 0800 and 1000 (sponsor only no family members).
  • Commanders in the grade of 06 and CSM may make an appointment by calling
    301-619-7311.
  • The shortest waiting time is normally in the morning 0800-1200. Expect a longer wait during times such as spring break, back to school and major holidays (recommend avoiding these times, if possible).
  • ID cards can be renewed 90 days prior to expiration. Call the POC at 301-619-7311.

Proper identification and documentation are required for services to be provided. Categories below list the required documents for identification card issuance.

Required Documents by Category

ACTIVE DUTY

Expired Cards: Soldier will need previously issued active duty ID card and any supporting documentation for status/rank changes.

LOST ID CARDS

Personnel must have two (2) forms of ID. One of the forms must be a picture ID (See acceptable forms of ID).

RETIREE

Retirement orders or DD form 214 along (2) forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID).

SPOUSE, CHILD UNDER 21 YRS OF AGE (INITIAL ENROLLMENT)

Original or Certified true copy(from place of origin), Birth Certificate or Certificate of Birth and social security number are required. The sponsor must be present to sign DD Form 1172 (ID Card Application) or the spouse must have the sponsor's Power of Attorney to sign for the sponsor in his/her absence or the spouse must have a DD Form 1172 not more than 90 days old signed by the sponsor and verified by his/her servicing ID Card Section. If the DD Form 1172 is not signed in the presence of the verifying official, the signature must be notarized.

CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK

If child is born out of wedlock, the sponsor(father), must provide one of the following:

  1. Original court order that establishes paternity signed by a judge and the child's Birth Certificate and Social Security Card.
  2. Affidavit signed by the sponsor and mother of the child. Child's Birth Certificate and Social Security Card.
  3. Approved Dependency and Residency Determination worksheet. (requesting forms may be obtained in the ID Card Section). Child's Birth Certificate and Social Security Card.

GENERAL ID CARD RENEWAL

The sponsor must be present to sign DD Form 1172 (ID Card Application) or the spouse must have the sponsor's Power of Attorney to sign for the sponsor in his/her absence or the spouse must have an original DD Form 1172 not more than 90 days old signed by the sponsor and verified by his/her servicing ID Card Section. If the DD Form 1172 is not signed in the presence of the verifying official, the sponsor must sign the form in the presence of a notary.

CHILD, AGE 21-23

The child must be enrolled in college as a Full-time student. Sponsor must present a letter from the school Registrar's office certifying that student is enrolled full-time and provides the start date and the expected date of graduation. The sponsor must be present to sign DD Form 1172 (ID Card Application) or the student/spouse must have the sponsor's Power of Attorney to sign for the sponsor in his/her absence or the student/spouse must have a DD Form 1172 not more than 90 days old signed by the sponsor and his/her servicing ID Card Section. If the DD Form 1172 is not signed in the presence of the verifying official, the sponsor must sign the form with the school letter attached in the presence of a notary.

INCAPACITATED CHILD OVER AGE 21, PARENT/PARENT-IN-LAW DEPENDENCY (ARMY)

Army Dependency Determination can be done for a child 21 years of age who is incapacitated, parents and parent-in-laws provided the sponsor is supporting these dependents with at least 50% of their living expenses. All other branches of service must do initial requests through their respective branch of service. Requesting forms can be obtained in the ID card section. Please contact the ID card office for further instructions.

FORMER SPOUSE (ARMY)

Unmarried former spouses can continue to keep their dependent ID card privileges provided they meet the following criteria: The member served at least 20 years creditable service for retired pay, the marriage lasted at least 20 years, and the marriage and service overlapped by at least 15 years. The number of years overlaps in marriage and service determines the extent of benefits authorized. Requires original or certified true copy(from place or origin), Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, sponsor's DD Form 214, retirement orders or Statement of Service showing 20 years continuous service and (2) forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID). All other branches of service must do initial requests through their respective branch of service.

100% DISABLED VETERAN

Requires a letter from the Veterans Administration stating he/she is 100 percent disabled service-connected. The letter must state whether the DAV is scheduled for future examinations. A DD Form 214 and (2) forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID).

DOD CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE (APPROPRIATED FUND)

A record of the employee' information must be in DEERS, before the Common Access Card (CAC) can be issued. The Civilian Personnel Office creates these records when the new employees in processes. It normally takes 3-5 days before the record of the new employee appears in DEERS. Two forms of identification (2) forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID) and an AKO email address (Army civilian must have) or other working email address. ID cards can be renewed of a card, 30 days before the card expiration date.

DOD CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE (NONAPPROPRIATED FUND)

These employees are issued CAC based on their applications (DD Form 1172-2) which are completed at the organization. Two forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID) and military email address are required. A DD Form 577, Signature Authorization Card must be of file in the ID Card Section for the verifying official. The verifying official must enter the start date and ending date in block 33 & 34. For renewal employees must repeat the application process not earlier than 30 days before their cards expire.

IPA/NON-DOD FEDERAL EMPLOYEE

These employees are issued CAC based on their applications (DD Form 1172-2) which are completed at the organization. Two forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID) and military email address are required. A DD Form 577, Signature Authorization Card must be of file in the ID Card Section for the verifying official. The verifying official must enter the start date and ending date in block 33 & 34. For renewal employees must repeat the application process not earlier than 30 days before their cards expire.

RETIRED DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY CIVILIAN

Individual requires Standard Form 50 showing retirement If not downloaded into the DEERS system from their respective Civilian Personnel Office and (2) forms of ID(See acceptable forms of ID).

CONTRACTOR

All contractors must process through the Contractors Verification System (CVS) prior to the issuance of the CAC. The contractor's COR or personnel staff is responsible for processing you through CVS. Contractors will receive an email informing them that their applications for a CAC have been approved then contact the ID Card office to ensure the information has top-fed into the DEERS system. Once verified, the employee may go to any CAC Identification site for processing. Individual requires (2) forms of ID (See acceptable forms of ID) and military e-mail. If you have questions contact the Installation Point of Contact at 301-619-6621 for assistance.

Acceptable Identification

To get an ID card issued to you, you will need 2 forms of Government Issued ID (Persons under the age of 21 will not need to present two forms of ID).

The following is a list of acceptable identification. If you don't have two of any of these forms you will not be able to have an ID issued to you. No exceptions.

  • Social Security Card
  • Veteran Administration ID card
  • U.S. Military ID Card (Valid)
  • Drivers License (Valid) or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the U.S. (Must contain a photo)
  • U.S. Passport (Valid)
  • U.S. Coast Guard or Merchant Mariner Card
  • Un-expired Temporary Resident Card
  • Un-expired Employment authorization Card
  • Un-expired Employment Authorization Document issued by the INS (Must contain a photo)
  • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Card with photo
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Foreign Passport (Valid)
  • Un-expired Reentry Permits
  • Un-expired Refugee Permits
  • School ID with photograph
  • Voter's Registration Card
  • Native American Tribal Document
  • Driver's License issued by a Canadian Government authority
  • Certificate of Abroad issued by the Department of State
  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Citizen ID card
  • ID card for use of resident citizenship in the U.S.
  • Un-expired employment authorization document issued by the INS

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