Thursday, August 13, 2009

Photocopying military ID, CAC cards illegal

Commanders and supervisors are reminded that the photocopying of U.S. government identification violates U.S. policies and regulations, and is punishable by both fine and imprisonment.

Multiple cases of photocopying of military identification cards and common access cards (CAC) by commercial establishments to verify military affiliation or provide government rates for service have been reported.

Military members, family members and Department of Defense employees may not be aware of this law, according to Walter Reed security officials.

Although the asking for military or government identification is permissible by commercial establishments, it’s against the law to photocopy government identification.

ìThere are no safeguards in place to ensure a government identification card won’t be counterfeited or ëcloned’ based on a photocopy by a commercial establishment,î says an advisory from the U.S. Army Garrison at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Force Protection Office.

ìCriminal elements and terrorist organizations place U.S. government identification as a high value logistical element when planning acts against the U.S. military,î the advisory continues.

Security officials recommend military and DoD travelers provide a state drivers license or other form of photo identification to be photocopied rather than their military or DoD identification if an establishment insists on a photocopy of the traveler’s identification.

For more information, call Greg Corvin, force protection officer, at (202) 356-1012 Ext. 41266. Corvin can be reached by e-mail at (Stripe)