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Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What size are military dog tags?
  2. What information is on "real" military dog tags?
  3. How do I wear dog tags?
  4. Can I use dog tags as pet id tags on my pets?
  5. What sort of information can I put on my dog tags?
  6. Can I order extra dog tag silencers and beaded chain necklace?
  7. How do I use dog tags as a fundraiser?
  8. How long will it take for my dog tags to arrive?

What size are military dog tags?

 Military dog tags dimensions are 1 1/8 x 2 inches:


Dog tags are .4mm stainless steel with a 1/16" rolled edge and an 1/8" attachment hole at one end.
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What information is on "real" military dog tags ?

 Official military dog tag information is generally displayed in the following order:
  • LAST NAME
  • FIRST NAME / MIDDLE INITIAL
  • SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
  • BLOOD TYPE
  • RELIGION

In order to help collectors & re-enactors, see History of Dog Tags & Serial Numbers for Army Regulations for the information on dog tags (early & late WW2) and how to pick a correct Army Serial Number for your impression. Thanks to Alain S. Batens.

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How do I wear dog tags?

 The first tag is suspended on the longer necklace chain which is approximately 24" in length. The second tag is suspended on the shorter extension (4" chain) so it hangs no further than 2 1/2" under the first one. Silencers (a rubber cover for the dog tag), are used to prevent clanking of the metal dog tags.
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Can I use dog tags as pet id tags on my pets?

 Because of the size of these dog tags they may not be suitable for some "toy" sized dogs or cats. These dog tags make great pet tags because the text is deeply stamped and will not rub off in time like most pet store engraved dog tags. They can be ordered on our PET TAGS page and come complete with dog tag silencers in your choice of colors and a 'S'-Hook or Split Ring to attach to the collar.
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What sort of information can I put on my dog tags?

 We sell thousands of sets of dog tags every year and the majority of people just order dog tags with personal identification information such as:
  • NAME
  • STREET ADDRESS
  • CITY, STATE AND ZIP
  • HOME PHONE NUMBER
  • WORK PHONE NUMBER
 We also get many requests for custom dog tags with bible and personal verses, medical information, love messages, company sales promotions, identification for girl and boy scout troops, and mementos and souvenirs for special events.

View Custom Dog Tag Samples

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Can I order extra dog tag silencers and beaded chain necklace?

 Extra hardware can be ordered with your dog tag order for the following prices:
  • Extra 24" beaded chain necklace- $1.00
  • Extra 4 1/2" beaded chain extension- .50
  • Extra dog tag silencers (set of 2)- $1.00
  • Extra 'S'-Hooks- .25
 Order extra beaded chain and dog tag silencers on our ACCESSORIES PAGE.
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How do I use dog tags as a fundraiser?

 You take the orders and we will sell you the tags at wholesale bulk prices. Please email us at Dog Tags Direct for further information for customizing your fundraising event.
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How long will it take for my dog tags to arrive?

 When we receive an ONLINE order with payment, your metal dog tags are generally made and shipped the next business day. Dog tags are shipped by U.S. Mail and will normally arrive anywhere within the continental U.S. within a week.

 We have found that shipments mailed to Canada can take up to 2 weeks to arrive tax and duty free. See Shipping Costs for details on Duty-free and tax-exempt importations.

 Orders by MAIL, which have the longest delay, can take a week to arrive here and another week to be shipped back.
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