Learn more about how to enroll or change plans for health, dental, and vision.
Unmarried biological, step-children and adopted children are eligible for TRICARE until age 21 (or 23 if in college, see "College Students" below).
To register your child in DEERS, you need a certificate of birth or adoption and the signed DD Form 1172-2. >>Learn More about Required Documents
No. You don't need your child's SSN to register them in DEERS. But, remember to update DEERS with the SSN as soon as you have it.
To get an SSN for your child, you can:
Registering your child in DEERS doesn't automatically enroll them in any TRICARE health plan option. Visit the "Getting TRICARE For Your Child" page to learn more.
TRICARE offers several services under the basic TRICARE benefit and some special programs for beneficiaries with special needs.
Eligibility can be extended up to age 23 if:
You'll need a letter from the school's registrar's office stating that your child is enrolled full-time in an accredited college in pursuit of an Associate's Degree or higher.
Eligibility ends on your child's 23rd birthday or when he or she is out of school, whichever comes first.
Children whose sponsor died while serving on active duty remain eligible for TRICARE until they lose eligibility for TRICARE due to age, marriage or any other reason.
Children in the following scenarios may be eligible for TRICARE under certain conditions:
Last Updated 6/5/2018
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