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Posted 2/3/2012 Printable Fact Sheet

Subject: Eglin Retiree News: UPDATE of ID Card Requirements at Eglin.

The following articles were published earlier but have now been updated with Eglin specific information:

Defense Biometric ID System (DBIDS) Registration Now Underway

DOD has dropped Social Security numbers from ID cards since 1 June 2011

WASHINGTON -- Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards have begun to disappear, said Air Force Maj. Monica M.Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DOD
identification card holders from identity theft, officials said.

Criminals use Social Security numbers to steal identities, allowing them to pillage resources, establish credit or to hijack credit cards, bank accounts or debit cards.

Currently, the Social Security number is printed on the back of common access cards, and on the front of cards issued to dependents and retirees.

Beginning in June, when current cards expire, they will be replaced with new
cards having a DOD identification number replacing the Social Security number, officials said. The DOD identification number is a unique 10-digit number that is assigned to every person with a direct relationship with the department. The new number also will be the service member's Geneva Convention identification number.

An 11-digit DOD benefits number also will appear on the cards of those people eligible for DOD benefits. The first nine digits are common to a sponsor, the official said, and the last two digits will identify a specific person within the sponsor's family.
Social Security numbers embedded in the bar codes on the back of identification cards will remain there for the time being, and will be phased out beginning in 2012.

The department will replace identification cards as they expire.

For those retirees with an INDEF expiration who wish to have the SSN removed from their ID card, the Eglin DEERS/ID Card Section (FFS/FSMP) requests that you make a reservation with them (or Hurlburt or Duke) after 1 June 2011 through this web site:

If you don't want the SSN removed you do nothing, the card will still be valid.

DBIDS Registration Now Underway

NOTE: All issued/reissued ID cards must be "registered" in the Defense
Biometrics ID system (DBIDS) located at the Security Forces Visitor Control
Centers at the East and West Gates.

DBIDS is an enhanced security system that uses biometrics to monitor entry
control points to installations. It uses photographs and fingerprints as the
source of identification.

Tech Sgt. Josh Rule, 96th Security Forces NCOIC for DBIDS, said the new
system will verify that identification cards are valid.

"It's another security enhancement," Sergeant Rule said.

Anyone requiring access to the base must register their ID card in DBIDS.
Eligible cards are those with a barcode: DOD common access cards,
Guard/Reserve cards, retiree and dependant cards. Identification cards
without a barcode, such as contractor badges, will require a new card plus
registration. Anyone over the age of 16 must be registered.

Sergeant Rule said gate guards will use hand-held scanners at base entry
points to read ID barcodes. The scanners, similar to those used to check
inventory at grocery stores, provide personal information which allows for
verification of the person's identity.

Full implementation of the DBIDS system is expected later this year. Members who have not yet registered their ID cards will not be turned away but reminded that DBIDS is mandatory.

"I expect the system to run smoothly once everyone is registered in DBIDS,"
Sergeant Rule said. "Gate guards can still verify manually by looking for a
hologram and expiration date on an ID card until that time."

There are DBIDS stations now at both the West Gate and East Gate visitor's centers.

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