After decades of Military members Social Security Number being used for identification purposes, the Department of Defense (DOD) has announced they will be removing all Social Security numbers from Military and DOD ID cards and replacing them with a DOD Identification Number (DOD ID Number).
Removal of dependent social security numbers started in December of 2008 with XXX-XX-XXXX being inserted in place of the social security number.
Starting June 2011 sponsor’s social security number’s will be replaced with a DOD ID Number on all Military/DOD ID cards according to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).
With this change, a DoD Benefits Number, or DBN, will also be introduced. This 11-digit number will appear on the back of the ID card. The first nine digits will be common to a sponsor and the last two digits identify a specific person within the sponsor’s family.
With identity theft on the rise, this comes as great news. Social Security numbers on Military ID cards have long since created a security risk from cards either being lost or stolen.
New cards will be issued upon renewal, or if your expiration date reads INDEF and you would like your social security number removed, contact your nearest RAPIDS ID Card facility for an appointment.
For more information see the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) website.