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DOD to remove Social Security numbers from ID cards

DOD on June 1 will begin removing Social Security numbers from military identification cards as the cards are cycled through for renewal.

In an effort to protect against identify theft, DOD on June 1 will begin removing Social Security numbers from military identification cards as the cards are cycled through for renewal.

A unique 10-digit DOD identification number will replace the Social Security number, which is now printed on the back of common access cards and on the front of cards issued to dependents and retirees.

The DOD identification number, which is specifically assigned to anyone with a relationship to the department, also will be the service member’s Geneva Convention identification number. This is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DOD identification card holders from identity theft, according to an April 1 posting on the American Forces Press Service website.

Social Security numbers—embedded in the bar codes on the back of identification cards—will remain there for the time being, but will be phased out beginning in 2012, officials said.

The department’s identity-protection program began in 2008, when DOD started removing Social Security numbers from some family-member ID cards.

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