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Identification Cards for Military Family Members

The Department of Defense (DoD), through

the Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS), issues

members’ eligible dependents and other eligible individuals a distinct

Identification Card (ID) authorizing them to receive Uniformed Services’

benefits and privileges.  Normally,

Guard and Reserve family members and other dependents receive a DD Form 1173-1,

the DoD Guard and Reserve Dependent ID Card (red).  These cards do not authorize eligibility

for medical benefits and commissary privileges in and of themselves.  They will assist Guard and Reserve

family members in accessing these privileges when accompanied by a copy of the

service member’s orders to active duty or a commissary privilege card.  The cards do authorize access to

exchange and certain morale, welfare and recreation (MWR)



The DD Form 1173-1 serves as proof

that individual shave been pre-enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment

System (DEERS) or visit DEERS.  This is an important first step in

obtaining family member and dependent medical treatment when the service member

is called to active duty for 31 consecutive days or more.  When the service member is called to active

duty for more than 30 days, part of the processing for

entry on active duty should be the completion of a DD Form

1172, Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card –

DEERS Enrollment for each eligible family member

and legal dependent.  This

application, along with surrender of the DD Form 1173-1, will allow family

members and dependents to received the DD Form 1173 (tan).  These cards will

authorize appropriate medical, commissary, exchange and MWR benefits and

privileges for the period of active duty specified on the members’



To apply for the Reserve Component family

member ID card, members must visit the personnel customer service section at the

nearest military installation and complete an automated DD Form 1172.  Dependents ten years of age or older are

eligible for the family member ID card. 

Ask your State Family Program Coordinator for a list of ID Card issuing

locations in your area.   BE


OPERATION.  You can search for an ID

Card location by city or state at


Family members could be denied

medical and dental care if DEERS information is incorrect or incomplete.  When there’s a change in the member’s

status, there is a change in TRICARE benefits.