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What is a VISION ID?

A VISION ID is a two-letter, three-digit (LLNNN) identification number assigned to all DoD personnel who create Visual Information (VI) records. In accordance with DoDI 5040.02, Enclosure 7, all photographers, videographers, graphic artists, photojournalists, broadcasters, public affairs, and other personnel involved in the creation of official DoD imagery shall be assigned a VISION ID. The VISION ID is required for submission of VI records to DMA. The VISION ID is entered in Field 3 of the Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRIN).



Obtaining Your VISION ID



Inquire here about how to register for and obtain your VISION ID. Access to the site is restricted to DoD Common Access Card (CAC) holders. You must create an account with the Defense Imagery Server if you do not already have one. Be sure to record your VISION ID for future reference and use it in the VISION ID of all submissions to DVIDS and DMA. No one should have more than one VISION ID, as it remains unique to a person for the duration of their military and/or DoD career.

  • All VI students attending the Defense Information School (DINFOS) will be assigned a VISION ID using the procedure described above during inprocessing.
  • Do not make up a VISION ID, or use ZZ999, if you do not have one, nor shall one person’s unique VISION ID be used for another person’s work.


From a structural point of view, the VIRIN has four discrete elements separated by hyphens that create a unique number. The VISION ID is entered in the Field 3 position. Read How To Create a VIRIN for more information and to see a graphic example of a VIRIN.

Problems Registering for VISION ID
If you encounter problems in registering for your VISION ID, please contact the DMA Customer Service Center for assistance.

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