Once you're registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, you'll be issued a uniformed services identification (ID) card.
- Providers will ask to see your ID card and will make copies for his or her records.
- Have your ID card with you whenever you are getting care or prescriptions filled.
ID Cards for Children
- Children under age 10 can usually use a parent's or guardian's ID card.
- At age 10, the sponsor must get an ID card for the child.
- Children under age 10 should have their own ID card when in the custody of a parent or guardian who is not eligible for TRICARE or who is not the custodial parent after a divorce.
Adult Children Using TRICARE Young Adult
- You lose eligibility for TRICARE at age 21 (or 23 if enrolled in college, learn more)
- When you lose eligibility, your ID card is no longer valid.
- You can enroll in TRICARE Young Adult without a valid ID card
- When your coverage begins and you're notified by your regional contractor, you can visit any ID Card Office to get a new ID card.
ID Cards for Beneficiaries Age 75 and Over
Family members and survivors of deceased personnel age 75 and over, can get a permanent ID card. If you are age 75 or older and have a valid ID card, get a new permanent ID card within 90 days of your card's expiration date.