Appeal for Selective Services Exemption

All men aged 18-25 are required to register with the Selective Service System.

Who Is Exempt?

Men exempt from the requirement to register include:

  • Males currently in the U.S. Armed Forces and on active duty (this exception does not apply to members of the Reserve and National Guard who are not on active duty)
  • Males who are not yet 18 at the time that they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Males born before 1960
  • Citizens of the Republic of Palau
  • Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia are not required to be registered during their first year in the U.S.; however, citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia who live in the United States for more than one year for any reason except as a student or employee of the government of his homeland must register with Selective Service.
  • Noncitizens who first entered the U.S. after they turned 26 are not required to register. If a male immigrant can show proof that he first entered the U.S. when he was 26 or older, he is clearly not required to be registered. The student’s entry documentation is enough to show whether he was required to register.
  • Noncitizens who entered the U.S. as lawful nonimmigrants on a valid visa and remained in the U.S. on the terms of that visa after they turned 26.

If you are age 26 or older and did not register, and you do not meet one of the exemption criteria above, you must submit a Selective Service Status Letter to our office with an explanation of why you did not register. You may request a Status Letter at

If you are between 18-25 years of age and are required to register, and have not registered, you must do one of the following:

  1. Answer “Male” to item 21 and “Register Me” to item 22 on your SAR
  2. Complete a Selective Service Registration form at your local post office
  3. Register online at

If you believe that you have already registered, please contact Selective Service at 847-688-6888.