Selective Service

Who Must Register for Selective Service

Almost all male U.S. citizens and immigrants between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register with Selective Service. 1 Males born on or after January 1, 1960 are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday, if they are:

U.S. citizens who are not required to register for Selective Service:

Non-U.S. citizens who are not required to register for Selective Service:

Transgender/transsexual people designated female at birth are not required to register with Selective Service. Individuals designated male at birth are required to register, even if they have had sex reassignment surgery. 6

More information about registration requirements and an online tool to verify registration status can be found on the Selective Service website.

Failure to Register for Selective Service

Males Younger than 26

Males between the ages of 18 and 26 who have not registered with Selective Service can become eligible for WIOA Title I programs by registering. If an individual turns 18 while participating in a WIOA Title I program, he must register with Selective Service no later than 30 days after his 18th birthday. If he fails to register during that period, he may not continue to participate in the Title I program. 7

Males Aged 26 and Older

Males aged 26 and older who have not registered can become eligible for WIOA Title I programs by providing documentation showing they were not required to register, or by demonstrating that their failure to register was not "knowing and willful." 8

The local WDB or the service provider that enrolls individuals in WIOA Title I services is responsible for determining whether services should be provided. They must follow the steps below to determine whether an individual who was required to register but failed to do so acted knowingly and willfully. 9

Step 1

The service provider must require the individual to provide either

Step 2

If the Status Information Letter indicates or the individual acknowledges that he was required to but did not register, the individual may submit information to demonstrate that failure to register was not knowing and willful. The following are examples of supporting documentation:

Step 3

The local WDB or service provider reviews the information to determine if there is enough support to make it more likely than not that the individual did not knowingly and willfully fail to register. Things to consider include:

If the local WDB or service provider determines that the failure to register was not knowing and willful, then WIOA services may be provided. 13

If the service provider determines that the failure to register was knowing and willful, WIOA services cannot be provided and the individual must be advised of applicable grievance procedures. 14 All costs associated with providing WIOA Title I services to non-eligible individuals may be disallowed. 15

The local WDB's or service provider's determination must be documented in the participant's case file and retained by the local WDB for at least seven years or until all related grievances or legal action are concluded. 16


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