If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not a dependent is eligible, please call or E-mail the ID Card Office.
Important Note: Please read the information concerning Sponsor's Signature on the Application for ID Card and Dependent Social Security Numbers before going to the Dependent Cards Section of this page: Sig/SSN Information.
Conditions for Issuance of Dependent ID Cards
Surrendering of Identification Cards
ID Cards shall be surrendered:
Documentation Needed for Issuance of an ID Card
The DEERS check is the first source checked for verification, and if the dependent is enrolled, it is the only substantiation required.
Re-issue of Dependent ID Card
Dependent ID Cards (DD Forms 1173 & 1173-1) ARE NOT valid documentation to issued ID cards.
Marriage Certificate or state certified/sealed Marriage License.
1) The DD Form 1173-1 cannot be issued to an Unremarried Former Spouse (URFSO) nor to a Parent or Parent-in-Law.
2) Widow of a Deceased RESRET Member: A RESRET sponsor who dies while in the RESRET status remains a RESRET on DEERS until the anniversary of their 60th birthday. The RESRET dependents are issued a DD Form 1173-1 which entitles them to Commissary, Theater and Exchange privileges prior to the 60th birthday. Upon the anniversary of the deceased RESRET sponsor 60th birthday, the Unremarried surviving spouse, children, step-children and ward will receive their initial issue of a 1173 (Dependent card) which authorizes medical.
3) Lawful Spouse, Including Common Law Spouse: A spouse through either legal or common law marriage. To be valid, common law marriages must have been entered into a state that recognizes common law marriages.