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Removal of Social Security Numbers from ID Cards

To protect your privacy and personal identity information, the Department of Defense (DoD) is removing Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all ID cards.

  • A DoD Identification number and a unique DoD Benefits Number (DBN) will be printed on the cards.
  • You’ll get the new ID card with your unique DBN when your current ID card expires.
  • Current cards will not be replaced until your card is within 30 days of expiration.
  • If your ID card has an "INDEF" expiration date, schedule an appointment if you want it replaced.

Until your card is replaced, your provider or pharmacist can use either the SSN or the DBN to verify eligibility and process claims. 

Sample ID Cards

This sample shows where the SSN is being replaced by the DoD Identification Number on the front of the card. Additionally, you can see where your unique DBN is found on the back of the card. Until all cards are updated, the SSN or DBN may be used to verify eligibilty and file claims. If getting care at a military hospital or clinic, you may need to provide your SSN until all the computer systems have been updated to accept the DBN.

This image shows examples of the military ID and CAC (front and back) and shows where the SSN is being replaced by the DoD Identification Number on the front of the cards. It also show where the unique DoD Benefits Number (DBN) is found. The DBN is the number used to verify eligiblity and file claims.

This sample shows the final phase of SSN removal—where the SSN is being removed from the barcodes on the back of the cards. This change will also occur as ID cards are renewed.

This image shows a sample of the military ID and CAC (front and back) and points to where the SSN is being removed from the barcodes on the back of the cards.

Last Updated 10/29/2013

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