New Retiree ID Cards

Since 2008, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security issues all retiree ID cards. These cards look like other State Department badges. Retirees with the new cards will have the same privileges as those with the current retiree ID card:

  • A retiree ID card, exclusive of any other form of ID, can be used to obtain a HST/SA-1 Retiree Visitor Pass (RVP);
  • As currently in practice, the RVP provides a retiree with limited unescorted access to HST’s Foggy Bottom and 1st floor service areas, as well as the 3rd floor Library during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, except holidays;
  • The same privilege applies at SA-1’s HR/RET offices, Medical suites and service areas.
  • Retirees can continue to sign in their legal spouse and or dependant(s). User instructions are printed on the back of the RVP.

Retirees who have in their possession an HR/RET-issued retiree ID card may go directly to HST DSIS Office in Room B-237, to complete Form DS-1838, at which time they will be processed for and issued the new retiree ID card.

Retirees without an HR/RET-issued retiree ID badge must complete Form DS-1838 at the Office of Retirement (HR/RET), 2401 E Street NW, Room H-620, SA-1, Columbia Plaza, Washington, D.C. 20522. A retirement counselor in HR/RET must sign off on the form to certify your status as a retiree. Then, you will be able to be processed for and issued the new retiree ID card from the DSIS office in HST, Room B-237.

Retirees must provide two forms of identification to the DSIS officer (Note: ID's that are typically used are a valid (not expired) DOS Personal ID Card, a state driver's license and/or U.S. Passport). The ID card will be issued with an expiration date of 5 years.