Selective Service System – Who Must Register


Must Register

Not Required to Register


All male U.S. citizens born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old. Except as noted below: X
Members of the Armed Forces, on Active Duty X** A copy of DD Form 4
Cadets and Midshipmen at the Service Academies or Coast Guard Academy X
Cadets at the Merchant Marine Academy X
Students in Officer Procurement Program*** X**
National Guardsmen and Reservists not on Active Duty (active duty for training does not constitute “active duty” for registration purposes X**
Delayed Entry Program Enlistees X
ROTC Students X
Separatees from Active Military Service X**
Males Rejected for Enlistment X
Civil Air Patrol Members X

Lawful Nonimmigrants on visa (e.g. Diplomatic and consular personnel and families, foreign students, tourists)

X Should provide a copy of unexpired Forms I-94, I-95A or Border Crossing Document I-85, I-186, I-586, I-444. If forms are expired or the legal status of the alien has changed, the alien must register.
Former Trust Territory Residents (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau) X Trust Territory I.D., passport or visa
Permanent Resident Aliens X
Refugee, Parolee and Asylee Aliens X
Undocumented Illegal Aliens X
Dual National U.S. Citizens X
CONFINED MALES Incarcerated, hospitalized or institutionalized for medical reasons X** If incarcerated, must have letter from head of incarceration facility. If hospitalized or institutionalized, must have physician’s statement or letter from head of hospital or institution.
HANDICAPPED (PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY) Able to function in public with assistance X
Not able to function in public X Physician’s statement or sworn statement of the person who is responsible for the applicant’s well being.
Females X


* Men age 26 years or older that have not registered must submit a written request to the Selective Service System, General Counsel’s Office, Washington, D.C. 20435, for an advisory opinion stating why you failed to register.

** MUST register within 30 days of release unless already age 26 or already registered when released or unless exempt during entire period 18 to 24.

*** Students enrolled at : The Citadel, North Georgia College, Norwich University, Virginia Military Institute.

**** Residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. Citizens, Citizens of American Samoa are U.S. Nationals and must register upon establishing residence in the United States.

For further information

You may write to:
Selective Service System, Registration Information Office, P.O. Box 34638, North Suburban, Illinois 60197-4638
Or you may call the toll-free number: