TRICARE: ID Card Changes

June 14, 2011 | Terry Howell

Source: TRICARE

TRICARE beneficiaries should make sure they have their Social Security number committed to memory.  It won’t be found on new Department of Defense ID cards.

As of June 1, 2011, SSNs are no longer printed on new ID cards issued to members of the Uniformed Services, retirees and family members.  The new cards will look basically the same, but will have a unique DoD Identification number in place of the SSN. For those eligible for benefits, such as health care, a DoD Benefits number (DBN) will be on the back.

The elimination of visible SSNs is a DoD response to the increasing need to protect the privacy and identity of ID card holders, but it may raise questions when it comes to obtaining health care or pharmacy benefits. Health care providers have always used social security numbers to check TRICARE eligibility and file claims.

For TRICARE beneficiaries, the DBN is most important. Many systems can accept it already, but beneficiaries using the Military Health System and TRICARE should be prepared to state their SSN (or their sponsor’s) when accessing health care or pharmacy benefits.

The change to new IDs for all members and families is expected to take about four years. Existing ID cards are good until they expire; including retiree cards marked “INDEF.” Beneficiaries who want a new ID without their SSN are advised to make an appointment before making the trip to an ID card facility.

TRICARE beneficiaries and providers can get more information, see ID card samples and view frequently asked questions at www.tricare.mil/ssn.

General information about the removal of SSN from ID cards can be found at www.dmdc.osd.mil/smartcard.

Comments

  1. SSgt (retired)Lonnie L Darby says:

    Can we change them right Away?

  2. M E Erpenbach says:

    You know that old saying "what goes around, comes around"? We used to have "Service Numbers" but they were phased out and replaced by SSNs. Now we are replacing SSNs with DBNs. I guess that braintrust up in DC will keep on changing everything until we are so confused with all the numbers we will have to have them tattooed on our arms. (sound familiar?)

  3. Fred E Powers says:

    I am retired Air Force (21 years) I need a tricare ID Card. How do I get one. Fred E Powers USAF Ret. T/Sgt.

  4. where can I go to renew my I. D card for military retiree

  5. DiningDiva says:

    This information was announced last summer in the weekly military report and was suppose to have been implemented when it was announced last June (that 2010 not 2011). My husband has been retired since 2004 and for a brief period in the mid 90's they edited the SSN to only show the last four – then they went back to listing the full SSN.

  6. Christine S says:

    http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/family

    Yes they are availble now and you should! I hate giving my SSN everytime I go see a provider!

  7. Jane Johndrow says:

    I live in Houston TX and need to renew my military ID. I am the spouse of a deceased veteran. Does anyone know a place close to Houston for this?

    • there is a place located off old gaveston road i belive. the address i have is 14657 sneider st. houston 77032

    • Located on Ellington Field:

      NOSC Houston
      14555 SCHOLL ST
      Houston, TX 77034

      Phone Numbers: (832) 380-7400, (832) 380-7000
      Fax Number: (832) 380-7415

  8. I work for a health care provider (North Region). It would be nice to have the website to verify eligibility online to accept the new ID numbers. (Mytricare.com)

  9. james Legato says:

    I am a vet with a personal ID card, I am told that only ones whom can get a ID card now is disable veterans.
    Since I am not disable the local stores will not let me have veteran discount because I do not have an ID card. So is there a place to get one or is my local office just screw up?
    Jim

  10. C. M. Olson says:

    I have turned 65 and am eligible for Tri Care for Life. I have enrolled in Social Security parts A & B. I have a new ID card but Express Scripts just denied a refill because they say my prescription benefits have expired. Anyone have an idea of how to get this fixed

  11. vicky l westbrooks says:

    sex assault victim 30 months service with army progressed to cancer can I get a va health benefits id card

  12. vicky l westbrooks says:

    my service number ra12791564

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