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Your Military ID

This might be the first time you have heard this, but you should never let anyone take a photocopy of your military ID. Too often in everyday life there are companies and business that might require of copy of your ID. Like test driving a car at the dealership, or picking-up something at a store, cashing a check, or going to a new Doctor. But you should know that only the US government can possess a copy of a Military ID, along with a medical facility or other agency who may be administering military related benefits. Businesses or commercial establishments can ask to see your ID to verify your identification, but they cannot copy it.


Here is the actual statute;

Title 18, U.S. Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701, which states:

"Whoever manufactures, sells or possesses any badge, identification card or

other insignia of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under the regulation made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both."


Bolded to add emphasis, within the statute, there is an exception.

The Defense Department provided in 79 FR 707, "authorized photocopying include photocopying of DoD ID cards to facilitate medical care processing, check cashing, voting, tax matters, compliance with 50 U.S.C. appendix 501 (also known as “The Service member’s Civil Relief Act”), or administering other military-related benefits to eligible beneficiaries.

The photocopying of a Military ID for government purpose is exempt.

Performing government business is lawful and does not violate Title 18, U.S. Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701.

As such, Immigration Agencies such as USCIS, NVC, and DOS are able to lawfully request and use Military ID copies."


If someone wants to obtain a copy of your ID, don't hand them your Military ID. Use your State Driver License instead.


02/2023 by Beth Hathoot for CompUstyle, Inc


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