The government has completed a software upgrade at most military identification card issuing facilities, allowing eligible family members and surviving spouses to receive indefinite ID cards at age 75 upon expiration of current IDs. The upgrade should be completed at all bases by Oct. 7, 2005.

Card issuing facilities are authorized to issue the new ID card within 90 days of expiration as there will be no mass issuance, according to ID card management officials. Eligibility rules for ID cards have not changed.

Tricare officials point out that the Military Health System requires all eligible beneficiaries to have a current ID card in order to receive health care. Also, beneficiaries are reminded that their personal information must be current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

Changes to sponsor's status, home address and family status (marriage, divorce, birth and adoption) are examples of information that needs to be properly maintained in DEERS.

For more information about the permanent retiree ID card or DEERS enrollment, beneficiaries may contact the DEERS Support Office by telephone at 1-800-538-9552 (overseas beneficiaries call 1-888-777-8343) or VISIT ONLINE. .