The Defense Department announced Tuesday that it's expanding a pilot program that began in 2023 and initially allowed certain dependents' Uniformed Services Identification cards, or USID, to be renewed by mail.
Portions of the renewal process have previously been available online. However, the pilot program allows online ordering from start to finish. While in the past the renewed card had to be retrieved in person at a local ID card facility, it will instead be delivered by mail under the pilot program.
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After first offering the renewals by mail to dependents whose sponsors held a Common Access Card — generally active-duty dependents — the DoD will now allow the renewals for additional USID holders, who include U.S.-based retirees, their dependents and reservists.
Out of the 4.5 million IDs of all types that the department issues every year, about 1 million are the USIDs of people based in the U.S., according to the news release announcing the pilot program expansion.
The opportunity is only for people who already have a USID and need to renew it. Those applying for the first time will still need to go to an on-base office of…