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NEWS | March 29, 2011

Social Security numbers on ID cards being replaced

By Defense Manpower Data Center

To protect privacy and personal identity information, Social Security numbers are being replaced with a Department of Defense Identification number on all military identification cards.

Beginning in June, SSNs will no longer be printed on any new ID card. Current ID cards should not be replaced until the card is within 30 days of its expiration date. If the card has an INDEF expiration date, and you want your SSN removed, contact your nearest Real Time Automated Personnel Identification System ID card facility for an appointment.

While the new system is implemented, the new ID cards should not be rejected on military installations, but card holders may be asked to verbally state their SSN or sponsor's SSN to access benefits. Until all ID cards are replaced, service providers may use either the SSN or DoD benefits number.

ID cards are available at more than 1,500 RAPIDS ID card centers worldwide. In Charleston, appointments can be made by going to or visit the RAPIDS Site locator at to find a location near you.