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Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS)

The Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS) application provides on-line access to information in the DEERS database. Over 900 RAPIDS sites in 23 different countries use DEERS data to provide ID cards or related personnel support to eligible persons.

Find a RAPIDS location. Information on where ID cards may be obtained or reissued can be found at this website or by contacting any military installation.
Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS)
DEERS controls access to military health care for service members and their dependents. DEERS oversees the issue of service member and family member medical access cards. These are the same as the military identification (ID) cards issued to each retiree and dependents, including spouses. Coast Guard data is contained in the DEERS system.

DEERS maintains personnel and benefits information for:
  • Active, retired, and reserve uniformed service personnel
  • Eligible family members of active, retired, and reserve uniformed service personnel
  • DoD civil service personnel
  • DoD contractors requiring logical access

DEERS is also responsible for producing DoD ID Cards (RAPIDS and Common Access Cards). DEERS supports benefit delivery including medical, dental, educational, and life insurance. In addition, DEERS enables DoD ebusiness, including identity management, and reduces fraud and abuse of government benefits and supports force health protection and medical readiness.
Military Identification Cards
DEERS issued ID cards are generally required to access health care and other military benefits. ID cards must be up to date to allow medical claims to process.

Military retirees’ ID cards are issued without expiration date. However, the retiree should get a new ID card at age 65, or when enrolling in Medicare Part B. The card will be modified to indicate that civilian health coverage can be continued beyond age 65.

Military spouses and eligible family members must renew their ID cards every four years. Spouses that reach age 75 will be issued a permanent ID card. Spouses or other dependents that reach age 65 or otherwise become entitled to Medicare should get a new ID card.

Surviving spouses must get a new ID card soon after the death of their military sponsor.

Note that a current and valid ID card is essential to ensuring continuity of retiree survivor benefits, including health care.
Last Modified 1/12/2016