Photocopy of Military Identification Cards Is A No-No!


Federal regulations prohibit non-medical commercial establishments (which includes landlords) from photocopying military identification cards.  The regulations are found in Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 33, Section 701 in the Federal Registry.  The purpose of the regulation is to prevent the forgery of military identification cards.  Some properties require the copying a photo ID for tenants and applicants.  Since some military tenants and applicants use their military IDs as their photo IDs, occasionally the issue comes up where a landlord would like to make a photocopy of a Military ID.  Regardless of the circumstances, copying a military ID is forbidden.  However, there is nothing wrong with requiring that the applicant produce the military ID for inspection or that the landlord require an alternative photo ID to be copied if the landlord requires a copy of a photo ID.