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Peterson Space Observer

New process for lost, stolen ID cards

By Katherine Hammer

21st Security Forces Squadron

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Your government identification card serves multiple purposes. It grants you access to the installation, it likely serves as your medical insurance card, and also grants you access to many services or even discounts, both on and off the installation.

But the ID card, if lost or stolen, may also do great harm. It can be a catalyst to a scam or identity theft. It can also be the cause of a breech to installation security by granting someone access to the base or network, which causes a detrimental impact to operational security.

In addition to the security implications, a lost or stolen ID card impacts us financially. The MPS has reported at least 30 lost or stolen Common Access Cards so far in March, at a cost of $12 per card.

Please understand the implications of misplacing or having your DoD ID card stolen. Know where all ID cards in your household are located. Don’t place your ID card in your pocket and don’t leave it in your card reader when you’re not at your desk.

Effective March 1, Peterson Air Force Base changed the procedure for reporting lost or stolen ID cards. As such, requirements for getting a replacement DoD ID card are changing too. In accordance with AFI 31-113, Installation Access Control, lost or stolen government ID cards or access credentials must be immediately reported to the local security forces unit and issuance office so the card can be deregistered. This applies to all DoD-issued cards, including military, family members, DoD employees and contractors. Please follow the process below to ensure proper notification and ensure cardholder responsibilities are fulfilled.

The cardholder or sponsor should immediately call the MPS at 556-0006 if the card is discovered lost or stolen during duty hours. The MPS will take the necessary steps to deregister the card. Additionally, individuals must immediately report a lost or stolen DoD ID card to the local security forces unit and should call the law enforcement desk at 556-4000. Security forces will obtain a written statement from the individual and complete a document, which the member or their sponsor must present to the MPS prior to receiving a replacement card. Additionally, an entry will be made into the security forces blotter. The Peterson MPS will no longer issue a replacement card without documentation from the 21st Security Forces Squadron.

You can avoid all that work and keep your name out of the blotter by safeguarding your ID.

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