WASHINGTON --The Department of Defense is updating its current paper-based uniformed services identification card issued to retired service members, family members and other eligible populations. The “Next Generation” USID card will incorporate an updated design and security features to deter counterfeiting and fraud, and will be printed on a plastic cardstock.
DOD is transforming the way service members and their families are supported through modernized ID cards and improved mechanisms to protect cardholder privacy and personal information. The Next Generation USID card will incorporate a modified barcode which supports the last phase of the department’s elimination of the Social Security number from all DOD identification cards. Additional information and updates regarding the Next Generation USID card will be available in the coming months on DOD’s website.
Frequently asked questions:
1. What is changing on the USID card, and why?
The Next Generation ID card transitions the current USID card to plastic cardstock with enhanced security features and update topology. These enhanced features enable DOD to reduce the number of card types issued to eligible individuals from 10 to three. The Next Generation USID card does not change the populations who are eligible to receive the current card.
2. When can I get the Next Generation USID card?
Beginning early fall 2019, individuals with expiring ID cards will begin to receive the Next Generation USID card at card issuing facilities as they are equipped with the equipment and supplies necessary to issue the Next Generation USID card. In an effort to conserve resources and limit the impact on ID card issuance facilities, cards will not be reissued solely for the purpose of obtaining the Next Generation USID card.