Idaho employees who face the prospects of being called to
active military duty should include a trip to their respective
agencys human resources office as part of their pre-deployment
Idaho Department of Administrations Office of Group
Health Insurance has prepared a two-page overview of options
available for military personnel to continue or reinstate
their state-supported benefits. The report is available as
a PDF (click
The publication outlines options for self-paying medical,
vision and dental coverage for employees and their spouse/dependents
and for continuing coverage through COBRA beyond the first
Employees participating in the Flexible Spending Account
program will need to ensure that qualifying expenses are reimbursed
before Sept. 30, 2004. The reimbursement can only be for qualifying
expenses that were incurred before beginning active duty.
Qualifying expenses include medical costs (excluding insurance
premiums) under the medical reimbursement option and dependent
care expenses under the dependent care option. Any unused
funds in the flexible spending account at Sept. 30 will be
Dependent life coverage can be maintained through the Basic
Life Insurance plan for up to six months by self-paying the
premiums. Basic Life, Supplemental Life and State Police Optional
Life cannot be extended beyond six months. Coverage can be
converted to an individual policy, however, benefits are not
payable for a loss related to participation in a military
operation or an act of war.
State employees and family members are eligible at no cost
for five counseling sessions through the Employee Assistance
Program. Full-time state employees who are called to active
duty are eligible for an additional five sessions for that
employee or his/her family members at no cost on an annual
The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) has
developed a helpful information guide, Military Service
and your PERSI Benefits. It is available by calling
208-334-3365 or visiting
on the web.
The Idaho Transportation Department recommends that military
personnel facing deployment overseas or outside of Idaho to
make sure their drivers license and car registrations
dont expire while they are gone.
The expiration date is printed on the front of the Idaho
drivers license. Military personnel who are nearing
deployment and whose drivers license will expire within
the next 12 months can renew their license at any county driver
A drivers license can be renewed any time within 12
months of its expiration date.
If the expiration date is more than 12 months away, and active
duty and out-of-state service appears imminent, military personnel
can download an Idaho drivers license extension form
located at http://www2.state.id.us/itd/dmv/driverservices/ds_forms.htm
The completed form should be submitted to the Idaho DMV office
within six months and preferably no later than two
months before the license expires.
Active members of the military can extend their Idaho drivers
license in four year increments while on active duty but must
get a new license within 60 days of discharge from active
Anyone with questions about the drivers license renewal
process can call (208) 334-8735 or send an e-mail message
Military personnel should check their vehicle license plates
to ensure the registration does not expire during active duty.
Passenger car and motorcycle registrations generally can
be renewed up to 12 months before the official expiration
date. They can be renewed for one or two years. Idaho law
has no provisions that allow vehicle registrations to be extended
for military personnel.
Idaho vehicles can be registered from overseas or out-of-state
by submitting the appropriate fee to the assessors office
in the county that issued the vehicle registration. Military
personnel may also renew their vehicles online at http://www2.state.id.us/itd/dmv/online_services.htm
if the issuing county participates in the Internet
registration renewal process.
Questions about vehicle registration can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or (208) 334-8649.