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Family members will have an easier time getting a military ID card now that the Defense Manpower Data Center has launched an online authorization service.
Service members no longer have to accompany their family members to pick up a dependents' ID card, known as a Teslin card for the synthetic material from which it's made, and can instead opt to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/self_service/">go online to digitally sign the necessary paperwork.
That authorization form and the service member's digital signature will be on file when a family member shows up at the local military ID office to pick up or renew a card.
The new self-service option was developed because some military families found the in-person requirement inconvenient, either because their service members were busy, deployed or temporarily living apart from their families, said Mary Dixon, the director of the DMDC.
DMDC plans to expand the online self-service features with a similar online registration for Tricare and the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, possibly as early as next year, Dixon said.