The following sections will cover the most common circumstances for enrolling a dependent within DEERS or issuing a dependent ID card. If you do not see your specific circumstance outlined here please feel free to contact the ID Card Office for further information. Please keep the following information in-mind for all circumstances:
All documents that are not in English require a translation by a certified translator in addition to the original document
All identity documents must be original or a Certified True Copy (this is not the same as a notarized copy), we cannot accept copies, scans, or photographs under any circumstances - there are no exceptions
If you intend to enroll a dependent and obtain the dependent's ID Card, please make an appointment
for each dependent
DEERS enrollment is separate from actions taken within a service-member's personnel section (i.e. an Active Duty Marine must still visit the IPAC following enrollment of their spouse in DEERS)
A dependent may not self-enroll or enroll another dependent in DEERS (the sponsor must be present) unless they have a current Special Power of Attorney that specifies the dependent may take actions regarding DEERS on the sponsor's behalf
DD Form 1172-2
The DD Form 1172-2 is required for the issuance of a dependent ID card. The DD Form 1172-2 is valid for 90 days after the sponsor signs the document. The sponsor is obligated to sign the DD Form 1172-2 for all valid dependents, refusal will result in your case being elevated through your chain of command.
- Save yourself a trip! Utilize the ID Card Office Online from any CAC enabled computer to digitally sign and upload the DD Form 1172-2 into DEERS, simply click the "Replace ID Card" button on the appropriate dependent's section (on the right-hand side of the page after signing in)
- Otherwise, the ID Card Office will print the DD Form 1172-2 for the sponsor and dependent to sign at the time of your appointment
- The sponsor may not pre-sign the document unless it is notarized
- If the dependent has a Special Power of Attorney authorizing them to take action in regards to DEERS, the dependent may sign for themselves
Requirement for SSN or ITIN
When enrolling a dependent within DEERS, if a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for the dependent are not initially provided, there exists a 180 day grace period. This grace-period breaks down to 2 increments and (if eligible) a total of 2 ID cards are issued for 90 days each within that timeframe. At the end of 180 days, if no SSN or ITIN is provided for the dependent, the dependent's medical care eligibility is automatically suspended within DEERS. The dependent may still receive an ID card following the 180 day grace period which allows for base access, MRW, Commissary, and Exchange benefits, but will state "Direct: No" on the back of the ID card - denoting the lack of medical care eligibility. At any point during or after the grace period the SSN or ITIN may be updated and the ID card re-issued with appropriate benefits.