What is Selective Service registration?
Registration is a way our government keeps a list of names of men from which to draw in case of a national emergency requiring rapid expansion of our Armed Forces. By registering all young men, Selective Service ensures that a future draft will be fair and equitable.
NOTE: Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military.
I registered already, where can I find my registration number?
If you registered with a social security number, you can use our assistance form and services to help check and verify your Selective Service registration online from the Selective Service website through the "Check A Registration" link.
If you are not successful in verifying your registration online, you can call the official Selective Service registration information line.
Does selectiveservicenumber.org work on behalf or are we affiliated with the official Selective Service System?
No. Selectiveservicenumber.org is an independent site that is in no way affiliated with the official Selective Service System (SSS), www.sss.gov, or the US Government. Selectiveservicenumber.org was created to help simplify the SSS’s registration process and break through the clutter of what is required to register. We work on behalf of our clients to quickly obtain a registration number and provide you with a one stop shop for addressing questions you may have. We charge a premium for this service and are here to assist you as best as possible.
Do I need to use your services to register?
No, you are not required to use our services. You can use the official Selective Service System site for free directly at if you are not interested in Selectiveservicenumber.org services. Clients use our services to help register because of our expert knowledge, quick response to your questions, and our simplified process. You are not required to use us, it is your decision what method you choose to go about registering yourself for Selective Service and the Military Draft. Our service simply provides you a channel for help in doing so.
When was registration reinstated?
President Jimmy Carter reinstated the Selective Service registration requirement in the summer of 1980.
Is the military draft constitutional?
Article I, Section 8, Clause 12 of the United States Constitution: “The Congress shall have Power To ...raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years....”
The constitutionality of the Military Selective Service Act (MSSA) has been consistently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. As was stated by the Court in the case of Wayte v. United States, 470 U.S. 598 (1985), "Few interests can be more compelling than a nation's need to ensure its own security. It is well to remember that freedom as we know it has been suppressed in many countries. Unless a society has the capability and will to defend itself from the aggressions of others, constitutional protections of any sort have little meaning. Recognizing this fact, the Framers listed "provid[ing] for the common defense,..., as a motivating purpose for the Constitution and granted Congress the power to "provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States," Art. I, 8, cl. 1. "In United States v. O'Brien, 391 U.S. 367, 377 (1968), quoting Lichter v. United States, 334 U.S. 742, 756, the Court wrote, " the power ... to classify and conscript manpower for military service is `beyond question."
Why do we need Selective Service if there may never be a draft?
As President Clinton informed Congress in 1994, "Maintaining the Selective Service System and draft registration provides a hedge against unforeseen threats and a relatively low-cost 'insurance policy' against our underestimating the maximum level of threat we expect our Armed Forces to face."
What if it's been more than 30 days after I've turned 18 and I still haven't registered?
You should register online immediately. If you are unable to register online, you must obtain a Selective Service registration form (SSS Form 1) available from any U.S. post office or you can go to the official Selective Service website at (www.sss.gov) and select their "Forms" button, to fill out, sign and date, and mail to the address provided on the form. Selective Service will accept a late registration up until the man turns 26 years old. Our support team will also email you this form for download if we are unable to assist you with online registration.
What if I am over age 26 and cannot register?
Once you reach age 26, it's too late to register. Even though you may not be prosecuted, you may be denied student financial assistance, federal job training, and most federal employment unless you can provide convincing evidence to the agency providing the benefit you are seeking, that your failure to register was not knowing and willful.
What Can You Do if You Did Not Register and are Now 26 or Older?
If you have passed your 26th birthday and are now being denied eligibility for federal student financial aid, federal job training, or federal employment, or are having difficulty obtaining U.S. citizenship because you failed to register, you have the following recourse available to you: explain to the official handling your case (for example, a student financial aid officer) the reasons for your failure to register with Selective Service.
A non-registrant may not be denied any benefit if he can "show by a preponderance of evidence" that his failure to register was not knowing and willful. Offer as much evidence supporting your case, and as much detail, as possible.
You may be asked for an official response from the Selective Service System, which is referred to as a “status information letter.”
I am applying for naturalization, do I need a status information letter?
Immigrant men over the age of 31 who are seeking naturalization and who did not register are no longer required to provide a "status information letter" or documentation of their status from Selective Service to USCIS.
Are undocumented immigrant males required to register?
With very few exceptions, all males between ages 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service System (SSS) within 30 days of arriving in the United States. This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. A complete list of acceptable documentation for exemption may be found here.
How can I register?
Use the “Register Now” Link. It is easy to register. Just register instantly online by utilizing our registration assistance form or go to a U.S. post office and pick up an official Selective Service registration card.
What if I'm a U.S. citizen living or visiting outside the U.S. when it's time to register?
Visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. They will help you register.
Where can I get a Selective Service registration form?
Forms are available at any U.S. post office. You can also register online.
Where do I send my registration form?
Send registration forms addressed to the official office: Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94739, Palatine, IL 60094-4739.
Am I required to give my social security number when I register with Selective Service?
Are disabled men, or men with medical conditions, required to register with Selective Service?
Yes, in most cases. The only process now in effect is that men, between the ages of 18 through 25, register with Selective Service and keep their registration record current during that period. Neither the Military Selective Service Act nor the Presidential proclamation provide an exemption from registration because of a man's mental or physical condition unless Selective Service is provided with documented evidence that the man is hospitalized or institutionalized; or home-bound and unable to function outside the home, with or without physical assistance; or is in such a physical or mental condition that he would not comprehend the nature of his registration with the Selective Service System. A determination is then made by Selective Service as to whether or not the man qualifies for exemption from registration.
How does the Military Selective Service Act apply to individuals who have changed their gender identity from the sex assigned at birth?
Individuals who are born female and changed their gender to male are not required to register. U.S. citizens or immigrants who are born male and changed their gender to female are still required to register.
OPM notes that "transgender" refers to people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from the sex assigned to them at birth (e.g. the sex listed on an original birth certificate). The OPM Guidance further explains that the term "transgender woman" typically is used to refer to someone who was assigned the male sex at birth but who identifies as a female. Likewise, OPM provides that the term "transgender man" typically is used to refer to someone who was assigned the female sex at birth but who identifies as male.
In the event of a resumption of the draft, individuals born male who have changed their gender to female can file a claim for an exemption from military service if they receive an order to report for examination or induction.
What is the penalty for not registering?
Failure to register is a violation of the Military Selective Service Act. Conviction for such a violation may result in imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000.
Also, you may find some doors closed and not be eligible for benefits and programs linked to the Selective Service registration requirement.
See also our BENEFITS AND PENALTIES page.
Why did I get a registration reminder card in the mail? How did Selective Service get my name and address?
Selective Service got your name from one of the many lists used to identify people who may be eligible to register. It may have been a driver's license list from a state Department of Motor Vehicles, a list from a federal or state agency such as the Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor's Workforce Investment Act or Job Corps Program, the Department of Defense's recruiting list, or from a high school list.
If I am religiously or morally opposed to participating in war, must I still register?
Yes, men who are religiously or morally opposed to participating in war as a conscientious objector must still register with the Selective Service System. There is no classification for conscientious objection until Congress and the President vote for a return to conscription.