How to Register for a Student Identification Number

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National Fire Academy students interested in applying for on-campus (10-/6-/2-day), off-campus (10-/6-/2-day) and NFA Online courses need to register for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This number is used in place of a Social Security Number and is obtained through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).

Applications for NFA courses that do not include a SID will not be processed.

To obtain a SID

  1. Register at
  2. Select "Need a FEMA SID?" on the right side of the screen.
  3. Follow the instructions to create your account.
  4. You will receive an email with your SID. Save this number in a secure location.

Use the SID in place of the SSN on the General Admissions Application Form (FEMA Form 119-25-1) and General Admissions Application Short Form (FEMA Form 119-25-2).

Additional Information

General Admissions Application forms are being revised to eliminate the need for the SSN and include a field for the SID.