Photocopying of Military ID Cards and CAC Cards Prohibited

Story Number: NNS111101-16Release Date: 11/1/2011 3:19:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Monique K. Hilley, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Installations Command issued an announcement reminding all personnel that the photocopying of military identification cards and common access cards (CAC) is strictly prohibited, Nov. 1.

There have been recent incidents reported of commercial establishments photocopying U.S. government identification to verify military affiliation or provide government rates for service. These incidents are a violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701 and are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

Although commercial establishments may request to see military/government identification, they may not photocopy or duplicate it in any way. Many military personnel and commercial establishments are unaware of the prohibition and the reasons it exists, which results in this being a fairly common practice.

The only exception to this policy, covered in DOD Instruction 1000.13, Section 6.1.7, is that civilian and military medical providers are authorized to photocopy military ID as proof of insurance for the purposes of providing medical care to DoD beneficiaries.

Because of the access the cards grant, criminal elements and terrorist organizations place obtaining U.S. government identifications at a premium when planning acts against the U.S. military. If a copied military or government identification fell into the wrong hands, it could spell disaster for the Armed Forces and the nation.

Unfortunately, there are no safeguards in place to prevent a counterfeit military/government identification card from being produced based on a photocopy provided to a commercial establishment. For this reason, personnel are requested to remain vigilant in ensuring they do not allow anyone to photocopy their identification cards.

CNIC recommends that all personnel, both military and civilian, provide a state drivers license or other form of photo identification to be photocopied when there is a request for such information by a commercial establishment.

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11/4/2011 5:15:00 PM
It is issues such as this that I have repeatedly brought up at all symposiums I have been to that the Military as a whole needs to go back to military service numbers instead of using social security numbers for everything we do. The answer I always receive back is that it would cost too much time and money to incorporate such a system. How much time and effort is it worth to help protect the identities of those who protect us?
11/14/2012 -- Response From Commander, Navy Installations Command
Great news. The newest edition of CAC's no longer include SSN. Instead all military/civilian CAC ID Cards include a DOD ID number, a relief to all who shared your concerns.

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