If you are a servicemember, retiree, or dependent, DEERS registration is the key to getting your TRICARE benefits eligibility established.
DEERS is a computerized database of military sponsors, families and others worldwide who are entitled under the law to TRICARE benefits.
If you have children ages 21-23 who are full-time college students and you want to keep them covered by TRICARE, you’ll need a letter from the college’s registrar’s office verifying the child’s enrollment.
To enroll stepchildren, you'll need to provide their birth certificate, social security card, and parent's marriage certificate.
If they don’t get registered in DEERS, they won’t be able to enroll in TRICARE or access any of the other benefits to which they’re entitled.
You can verify your DEERS information by contacting your regional TRICARE managed care support contractor, your local TRICARE service center or the nearest uniformed services personnel office (ID card facility).Sponsors or registered family members may make address changes, however, only the sponsor can add or delete a family member from DEERS, and proper documents are required such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree and/or birth certificate.(DEERS) A database of information on uniformed services members (sponsors), U. TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve or TRICARE Young Adult) remember to also change your address and other personal information with your regional contractor.The servicemember (called the “Sponsor”) is the only person who can add (or remove) family members to DEERS. Before you pile into the car and drive down to the ID-issuing facility, make sure you have all the documentation you’ll need.(Actually, someone with power of attorney authorized by the sponsor can also add family members, but this is rare.)Servicemembers can enroll their dependents in DEERS at any that is authorized to issue military and uniformed-services ID cards. These include marriage certificates, Social Security cards, photo IDs, birth certificates (for biological children under 21), adoption papers, and divorce decrees."That way, the sponsor doesn't have to come in with his dependents to do ID cards." Soldiers can add or change data to DEERS, add or change their email address to receive initial or new work email certificates, add a new Personnel Category Code to their CAC or activate the PIV Authentication Certificate.