Online draft registration at www.sss.gov Jan 27, 2001 – From the Selective Service Website
Registering the draft has entered the digital age - it did so several years
ago, allowing Web-based draft registration for the first time in 1998.
Long gone are the days of that long, lonely walk to the post office to fill
out your draft registration form. Now, from the solitude of your own home -
or even at an Internet cafe - you can silently, privately, register for the
According to the Selective Service website:
"Young men can now register with Selective Service using the Internet.
All young men living in the U.S., with very few exceptions*, are required to
register within 30 days of turning 18. Registration is Federal law. It is
also required to stay eligible for many Federal and state benefits, including
student financial aid, job training, and jobs in the Executive Branch of the
Federal government, as well as jobs with the U.S. Postal Service."
"With access to the Internet, any young man can register by clicking on the
"Register On-line Now" icon at the Selective Service web site (www.sss.gov).
He then enters in some basic information and within 30 seconds, he'll receive
a Selective Service number. Within about two weeks, he will receive an
acknowledgment card in the mail."
"Since SSS registration is required for many Federal and state benefits, such
as student financial aid, job training, and Federal and state jobs, officials
administering monies for these programs can now verify a young man's
registration by simply clicking on the "Check a Registration" icon at the
Agency's home page (www.sss.gov)."
"Registering with Selective Service is the law. Failure to register is a
felony, punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or five years in jail."
"NOTE: If you wish to contact the Selective Service System regarding
questions about registration or other Agency related issues, please visit our
F.A.Q. pages first. It is likely that someone has asked your same question
previously or one similar to yours. You can search the for your question at
"Checking the F.A.Q. pages for your answer greatly reduces the time it takes
for you to receive your answer, and frees Agency resources. Thanks for your
Registration Information Office
Selective Service System
Data Management Center
P.O. Box 94638
Palatine, IL 60094-4638
Public and Congressional Affairs
Selective Service System
Arlington, Virginia 22209-2425
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When you visit the Selective Service website at www.sss.com, you can
click onto a link that forwards you to a web-based registration form at
www4.sss.gov/regver/register.asp. It tells you:
To register online:
If you're a male U.S. citizen, age 18 through 25, and are living INSIDE the
United States or its territories, or if you have an APO/FPO address, you can
register with Selective Service by filling out the form below and clicking on
"Submit". Non-immigrants on a valid visa are not required to register.
If you're a male U.S. citizen, age 18 through 25, and are living OUTSIDE the
United States, you can register with Selective Service by clicking here.
EARLY SUBMISSION OF INFORMATION:
Now, if you are a man who is at least 17 years and 3 months old, you may
complete this form to submit your registration information. The information
will be held on file and processed automatically when you are within 30 days
of your 18th birthday, at which time we will mail confirmation to you.
This service is operational 7 days a week. It is not available when system
maintenance is scheduled from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. U.S. Central Time Tuesday
through Saturday. Please read this warning statement about false
Men who have registered remain eligible for Federal student aid, most Federal
jobs, and Federal job training. Male non-citizens living in the U.S. who are
18 through 25 must register to remain eligible for citizenship. Privacy Act
This is a secure site. The information you provide on this form is protected
as it travels to Selective Service over the internet.
Revised October 25, 2001:
Intentional submission of false information using this Federal Government
Internet Web site, or purposefully submitting a registration for a man
without his knowledge and consent, is illegal. Persons found guilty of
knowingly submitting fraudulent registration information may be prosecuted
and, upon conviction, may be subject to a fine of not more than $250,000
and/or imprisonment not to exceed five years.
Millionth man to register online gets Congressional welcome
July 11, 2001:
Almost exactly one month from the minute David Edmond Lucitt of Haymarket,
Va., used his home computer to register on-line with the Selective Service
System (SSS), he was standing in front of the U.S. Capitol being honored by
members of the Congress. On June 11, 2001, the 18-year-old home-schooled
Eagle Scout candidate became the millionth man to register with SSS via the
Internet. The Agency had inaugurated the on-line registration program in
December 1998, and the number of men choosing to register by computer has
grown steadily since, with more than 52,000 men registering by that method in
June. Lucitt seemed nearly overwhelmed by the attention he was receiving,
simply for doing what every man has to do when he reaches age 18.
Hosted by Selective Service Director Alfred Rascon, Lucitt had a morning
meeting at the Pentagon with General Henry Shelton, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff. In the afternoon at the U.S. Capitol, Lucitt was honored by
Virginia Sen. John Warner and Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf. He received a
commemorative plaque from Director Rascon, and signed a large version of his
Registration Acknowledgment Card, measuring 2 X 5 feet. This "world's largest
Registration Acknowledgment Card is ordinarily a wallet-sized "proof of
registration" card that each new registered man receives in the mail.
Lucitt plans to attend college in Fall 2002. Like thousands of young men
every day, Lucitt simply logged onto the Selective Service web site at
www.sss.gov, keyed in some basic information, and instantly received his
Selective Service registration number. Men can also register at any local
post office by completing a registration card, or they may fill out and
return a card they may get in the mail. Currently, Internet registration is
the easiest and fastest method for young men to register. In addition to the
Internet registrations, almost 30,000 other registrations arrive at the
Selective Service Data Management Center in Illinois every week.
Federal law requires virtually all men to register with Selective Service
within 30 days of turning 18. All U.S. male citizens, no matter where they
reside, as well as male non-citizens residing in the U.S., are required to
register. Although late registrations are accepted, a man cannot register
once he reaches age 26. Moreover, Selective Service registration is linked to
many benefits such as eligibility for federal student loans and grants,
training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), federal jobs in
the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, and jobs with the U.S. Postal
Service. More than half of the states have enacted legislation that links
benefits such as state tuition assistance and eligibility for state jobs to
registration. Also, 11 states have enacted legislation connecting Selective
Service registration with a man's application for a driver's license.
Additionally, male immigrants who are in the U.S. when they are 18 through 25
years old may be denied U.S. citizenship if they fail to register.
Millions of young men have registered since registration was reinstituted in
1980, but none has been drafted. By having the names and addresses of men 18
through 25 years old on file with the SSS, America remains ready to face any
threat. The SSS estimates that currently 88 percent are registered. The last
draft ended in 1973.
CONTACT: Alyce Teel-Burton - (703) 605-4100
New Government Internet Service Affects Millions of Men
December 2, 1998
At 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Dec. 2, a "switch" was thrown, giving millions of
young men an easier way to fulfill a civic and legal responsibility. As of
that moment, 18- through 25-year-old male U.S. citizens everywhere (as well
as male non-citizens residing in the U.S.) were able to register with the
Selective Service System using the Internet.
"This is real, interactive, on-line registration," notes the Honorable Gil
Coronado, Director of Selective Service, who activated the new, on-line
service. "For nearly two decades men have gone to post offices, completed and
mailed a registration form, and waited 60 to 90 days to receive an
acknowledgment card from us. A man can still register by mail, but now there
is a better way. If he has a valid Social Security number, he simply connects
to the Selective Service Web Site at http://www.sss.gov, which links him to
the Agency's computers. He clicks on the "Register Now" icon, types in his
registration information, clicks on the "Submit" button which appears on the
screen, and instantly receives his Selective Service number. Additionally, he
receives a formal acknowledgment postcard in the mail within two weeks." The
Agency hopes that registration via the Internet becomes the primary way of
registering, Coronado notes. The new system will accept on-line registrations
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET weekdays.
Coronado activated the new system during a visit to a Washington, D.C., area
high school for a special kick-off event. Using personal computers at the
school's computer lab, several young men turning 18 years old became the very
first men to register on-line with Selective Service.
Federal law requires virtually all men to register with Selective Service
within 30 days of turning 18. About 1.8 million men are required to register
each year. Although late registrations are accepted, a man cannot register
after reaching age 26. Failure to register is a felony. Registration is
linked to many federal and state benefits. For example, a man must be
registered to be eligible for federal student loans and Pell grants, job
training programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), and federal
jobs in the Executive Branch of the government, including jobs with the U.S.
Postal Service. Male immigrants who fail to register as required cannot
obtain citizenship. Half of the states have supporting legislation which
precludes men who are required to register, but who have not done so, from
receiving many state benefits, like state tuition assistance, eligibility for
state jobs, and (in some cases) enrolling in state post-secondary
Although the U.S. relies on an all-volunteer military today, the Selective
Service System and the registration program help America remain prepared to
reinstate a timely and fair draft in a future crisis, should a draft become
Contact Lew Brodsky or Barbi Richardson, (703) 605-4100.
Here's what Selective Service wants from you:
Sex: Male / Female
(Note: Current law does not permit females to register)