DoD Civilian Retiree ID Cards are Ending. Here’s What That Means (Update)

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Updated June 15, 2023, with additional information in the answers to Q2. and Q3.

The Department of Defense recently announced that it has terminated all Civilian Retiree ID cards. Current cards remain valid until Aug. 31. The decision affects all associates who are planning to retire as well as current retirees.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Installation and Security (I&S) has released new procedures for cardholders to gain installation access.

Below is a Q&A that explains the changes, including why the decision was made. If you have additional questions, contact [email protected].

Q1. Who is affected by the termination of Department of Defense Civilian Retiree Identification cards?

A1. All appropriated and non-appropriated fund civilians who have retired from any DoD service or component or agency, including military services exchange retirees, are affected. Therefore, the DoD Civilian Retiree ID card will no longer be valid.

Q2. Why are the ID cards being terminated?

A2. I&S eliminated the 14-year-old requirement of the DoD Civilian Retiree ID card because of advancements in installation physical access control systems and procedures and the implementation of the REAL ID Act. The termination of the DoD Civilian Retiree ID card does not take away any privileges earned as a retired DoD civilian.

Q3. What’s next?

A3. Military service exchange retirees must register at the local Visitor Control Center (VCC) at each DoD installation with their Real ID-compliant driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card and DD Form 2574, Armed Forces Exchange Services Privilege Card.

After initial enrollment, retirees only need their REAL ID to enter the installation.  Enrollment is valid for three years or one year after the last visit to the installation.  If a retiree’s REAL ID expires, the retiree will need to reenroll with a new REAL ID.

If you do not possess a DD Form 2574, you must provide an SF 50 Equivalency, Exchange Form 1200-100, Retirement Personnel Request, to facilitate future visits to the installation.

Q4. How do I gain installation access?

A4. Procedures for accessing DoD installations are established in Department of Defense Manual (DoDM) 5200.18, Volume 3, “Physical Security Program: Access to DoD Installations,” and requires all people seeking access to establish their identity, fitness, and purpose:

  • Identity: REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card issued by a state, territory, possession, the District of Columbia or other approved credentials.
  • Fitness: DoD civilian retirees must have no pending criminal cases or actions against them and not be listed on any U.S. government terrorism lists that would indicate they may pose a risk to the safety, security and efficiency of the installation.
  • Purpose: Armed Forces Exchange Services retirees must possess DD 2574, Armed Forces Exchange Services Privilege Card, or SF-50 Equivalency, Exchange Form 1200-100, Retirement Personnel Request.

The limited use of morale, welfare and recreation activities by DoD civilian retirees will remain at the discretion of the installation commander, subject to the DoD civilian retiree’s meeting the above identity, fitness and purpose requirements for installation access.

Q5. How do I obtain the DD 2574, Armed Forces Exchange Services Privilege Card or SF-50 Equivalency, Exchange Form 1200-100, Retirement Personnel Request?

A5. You may obtain credentials for purpose at the local Exchange Human Resources office.

 

 

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29 Comments

  1. Heinz Werner Brooks on June 8, 2023 at 9:20 am

    I never discarded my DD2574. It has an indefinite expiration date. I take it that it is still good? I am non-appropriate DOD.

    • Robert Philpot on June 8, 2023 at 9:25 am

      Hi, Heinz,

      Please contact [email protected]. They’ll be able to give you a complete answer.

      Vr,
      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  2. Michael Thelen on June 8, 2023 at 10:14 am

    What about access to AAFES Hq?

    • Robert Philpot on June 9, 2023 at 11:07 am

      Hi, Michael — sorry for the late reply. We’ve been asked to refer all questions to [email protected].

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

      • Terry Maxey on June 10, 2023 at 11:17 am

        Does this apples to overseas retirees also?

        • Robert Philpot on June 12, 2023 at 9:57 am

          Hi, Terry,

          Thanks for asking. We have been asked to direct all additional questions to [email protected].

          Roebrt Philpot
          The Exchange Post

        • Terry Maxey on June 12, 2023 at 2:47 pm

          Will I receive an answer to my question.

          • Lou Faulkner on June 12, 2023 at 3:03 pm

            Terry…..You will probably get the same answer we all got….call HR. I wish HR would put something on the Exchange Post that better outlines what we are suppose to do. Maybe they don’t know.



          • Terry Maxey on June 12, 2023 at 3:52 pm

            I agree with you, basically they aren’t telling us anything. Base overseas and going to visit the states, need to know if are cac card is still valid



    • Jerry Johnston on April 25, 2024 at 5:10 pm

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  3. Bruce Joel Zacharias on June 8, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Updates! Keep them coming.

  4. Warren Johnson on June 8, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    So does the spouse do the same as the retiree for access?

    • Robert Philpot on June 9, 2023 at 11:06 am

      Hi, Warren,

      We have been asked to refer all additional questions to [email protected], which will answer them directly.

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  5. Tom Goodloe on June 8, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Will the gate guards accept form 2574 or will we be required to go to the visitor’s center every time we want to go to the BX???

    • Robert Philpot on June 9, 2023 at 11:05 am

      Hi, Tom,

      We have been asked to send additional questions to [email protected], which will answer them directly.

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  6. Richard Hiemenz on June 8, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    I have a Form 2574 marked indefinite, I assume I have to report to the visitor center everytime I want to use the Exchange.. in addition the spouse will have to present her driver’s license to validate that she is my spouse.

    • Robert Philpot on June 9, 2023 at 11:04 am

      Hi, Richard,

      We have been asked to direct all additional questions to [email protected], which will answer them directly.

      Vr,
      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  7. Jimmie Cupples on June 11, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Will gate guards allow me to enter base with my DD 2474 or will base issue another kind of ID for entrance?

    • Robert Philpot on June 12, 2023 at 9:56 am

      Hi, Jimmie,

      Thanks for the question. We have been asked to direct all additional questions to [email protected].

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  8. Charles Kelson on June 19, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    I have a navy civilian retiree identification card what do i need to do.

    • Robert Philpot on June 20, 2023 at 8:00 am

      Hi, Charles,

      We have been asked to direct all questions to [email protected]

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  9. sandra tarrant on June 20, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Will we be able to sponsor someone else on the base like we do now??

    • Robert Philpot on June 20, 2023 at 1:28 pm

      Hi, Sandra,

      We have been asked to direct all questions to [email protected]

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  10. Priscilla McLean on July 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    I have a question not pertaining to this but here goes. Do DOD AFFES employees have access to use the Commissary now.

  11. U sung on July 15, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Hello, I am living overseas and don’t have real id card. Is a passport same as a real id card? Can I take my passport and form 50 for get a base access card?

    • Robert Philpot on July 17, 2023 at 7:35 am

      Hi–we have been asked to refer all questions to [email protected].

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  12. Emma Rowe on July 19, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    I am a DoD retired civilian since 2010, due to a tragic house fire I no longer have an SF 50. I do have an ID card which would have been valid through 2027 but because of this new directive it will be terminated on 31 August 2023
    My question is how do I get an SF50 to initiate the process at the Visitor’s Center?

    • Robert Philpot on July 20, 2023 at 8:02 am

      Hi, Emma,

      We have been asked to direct all questions to [email protected].

      Vr,
      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

  13. Danny Robinson on August 23, 2023 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for the update. Hope DoD can update their base access for DoD retirees, as to make it less complicated.

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