32 C.F.R. 1611.7(c) ; 50 U.S.C. App. 456(A)(1)

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Federal law requires that men who are at least eighteen (18) years old, but not yet twenty-six (26) years old, must be registered with Selective Service. This includes all male non-citizens within these age limits who permanently reside in the United States; (e.g., males with "green cards" must register.) Men living in the United States without U.S. INS documentation (undocumented aliens) must also register. Men cannot register after reaching the age of twenty-six (26).

Non-immigrant men who are in the U.S. temporarily (diplomatic corps, trade mission personnel, men holding valid visitor or student visas, etc.) do not register.

A male non-citizen who first enters the U.S. as a permanent resident after he has already passed his 26th birthday is not required to register because he is over the age limit.

Women do not register because the law does not apply to them.

By registering with Selective Service, a man is not joining the U.S. military. He is only informing the government where he may be contacted if men must be called to serve in the military in a future national emergency. Even in an emergency, not all men would be called, and not all who are called would serve.

If a man fails to register as the law requires, he may not obtain:

  1. U.S. citizenship (when a non-citizen applies for citizenship)
  2. Government jobs
  3. Vocational training (under the JTPA program)
  4. Student loans and grants for college

It takes only a minute to register on-line. You must have a valid Social Security number to register this way. You may only register during the following times: If you are connecting to this Internet site during operating hours, click on "Next" to go to the registration page. Otherwise, try again when the system is available.

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For more information about Selective Service Registration, please contact us by email, telephone, or fax or schedule an appointment to have your individual case discussed and analyzed an attorney.

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