Normal Access Card

The Common Access Card, likewise usually alluded to as the CAC is a shrewd card about the size of a credit card.[1] It is the standard distinguishing proof for Active Duty United States Defense staff, to incorporate the Selected Reserve and National Guard, United States Department of Defense (DoD) regular citizen representatives, United States Coast Guard (USCG) nonmilitary personnel workers, and qualified DoD and USCG worker for hire personnel

.[1] It is likewise the chief card used to empower actual admittance to structures and controlled spaces, and it gives admittance to protection PC organizations and frameworks. It likewise fills in as an ID card under the Geneva Conventions (esp. the Third Geneva Convention). In blended with an individual ID number, a CAC fulfills the necessity for two-factor confirmation: something the client knows is joined with something the client has. The additionally fulfills the prerequisites for advanced mark and information encryption innovations: confirmation, respectability, and non-renouncement.

The CAC is a controlled thing. Starting around 2008, DoD has given more than 17 million savvy cards. This number incorporates reissues to oblige changes in name, rank, or status and to supplant lost or taken cards. As of a similar date, roughly 3.5 million unterminated or dynamic CACs are available for use. DoD has sent an issuance foundation at the north of 1,000 destinations in excess of 25 nations all over the planet and is carrying out more than 1,000,000 card perusers and related middleware.


On the facade of the card, the foundation shows the expression “U.S. Branch OF DEFENSE” rehashed across the card. A variety of photographs of the proprietor is put in the upper left corner. Underneath the photograph is the name of the proprietor. The upper right corner shows the termination date. Other data on the front incorporate (if relevant) the proprietor’s compensation grade, rank, and government identifier. A PDF417 stacked two-layered standardized identification is shown on the base left corner. Also, an incorporated circuit chip (ICC) is set close to the base center of the card.

There are three variety code plans utilized on the facade of the CAC. A blue bar across the proprietor’s name shows that the proprietor is a non-U.S. resident. A green bar shows that the proprietor is a project worker. No bar is for any remaining faculty — including military staff and common laborers, among others.

The rear of the card has a phantom picture of the proprietor. What’s more, if material, the card additionally contains the date of birth, blood classification, DoD benefits number, Geneva Convention classification, and DoD Identification Number (likewise utilized as the Geneva Convention number, supplanting the recently utilized Social Security Number).

The DoD number is otherwise called the Electronic Data Interchange Personal Identifier (EDIPI). A Code 39 straight scanner tag, as well as an attractive strip, is put on the top and lower part of the card. The DoD ID/EDIPI number stays with the proprietor all through their vocation with the DoD or USCG, in any event, when the person in question changes equipped administrations or different divisions inside the DoD or the USCG. For the resigned U.S. military workforce who hence become DoD or USCG regular people or DoD or USCG workers for hire, the DoD ID/EDIPI Number on their CAC will be equivalent to on their DD Form 2 Retired ID Card. For non-military companions, un-remarried previous life partners, and widows/single men of dynamic, Reserve or Retired U.S. military workforce who themselves become DoD or USCG regular people or DoD or USCG workers for hire, the DoD ID/EDIPI Number on their CAC will be equivalent to on their DD 1173 Uniformed Services Privilege and Identification Card.