Online renewals off to fast start

Some 2,500 transactions a day have been handled since July 1 when Legionnaires were given the ability to renew their memberships online here. The American Legion Information Technology Division reported that more than 25,000 members renewed online within the first 10 days of its availability.

"The high volume of online renewals shows us many things," American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said. "Foremost, there is tremendous market demand for fast, convenient online membership services. Second, it shows that our members are paying close attention to notices posted in the organization's media, and acting upon them. This early wave of online renewals is coming before most printed renewal notices even reach member mailboxes. It is highly likely the biggest portion of those who renewed online learned about the new service on the Internet as well."

The ability to renew American Legion membership online was tested in five departments - Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia and Maryland - where the rates of renewal outperformed previous years and other departments that offered only paper-based renewal opportunities.

A change in The American Legion Constitution was required and approved at the 92nd National Convention in Milwaukee last year, after recommendation from the National Executive Committee at the Spring 2010 Meetings, to offer online renewals nationwide. The ability to join The American Legion online has been available for several years here.

National Headquarters installed the necessary technological and processing changes to offer the service as an option to paper-based renewal. "It is important to remember that online renewal is a choice, not a mandate," Foster said. "Judging from the number of online renewals so far, the membership seems to like to have that as an option to mailed renewals. More and more, people want to conduct business online, and the Legion is working to provide that convenience while at the same time ensuring the highest standards of security."

The IT Division reported that few technological problems were reported in the initial days of online renewal. Informational videos explaining how to renew online are available here.


  1. I'm trying to renew online. There is no place on the page to indicate "payment options". The information is all there but won't process or give me a page to even input my payment. I keep getting the message "indicate payment option". Very frustrated. Thank you for any help you can give.
  2. Please change my membership from Post #26 Bakersfield, CA to Post #36 Yakina, WA
  3. I made a mistake by renewing my Legion Membership on your screwed up website... I was unable to print a card. and now I want to transfer my membership from Lansing to Post 10 Manistee and when I make an inquiry they talk about everything except the question I asked!
  4. I renewed online today, but was unable to print the page or the temp membership card. Will I get a new one in the mail? Thanks, Charles
  5. I renewed my card this date and I also was unable to print the temporary membership card however I was able to receive the renewal confirmation. I will be holding on to that confirmation to verify my situation, but I am also wondering if I will be receiving my new membership card in the mail or will I be getting one from my post? In the meantime, I am questioning the ease of renewing on the internet.
  6. Please transfer my membership from Leonia, NJ post #0001 to the Park Ridge, NJ Post#153. Thanks Sean Peppard #202567741
  7. Please transfer my membership from Post 00001 in Albany, NY to Post 53 in Greensboro, NC to renew my membership on line. William Conwell # 202487751. Please notify me when my request is completed? Thank you
  8. Please transfer my post to Post 87, in Bullhead City, AZ. Membership # is 2046387480. Please notify me when this is completed. Thanks you, Earl Hagstrom.
  9. Please transfer my membership from Charles Mitchell Post 399 in Dresden, Ohio 43821 to Post 65 in Coshocton, Ohio 43812 to renew my membership on line. Thomas J. Miller #102723203 How will I be notified when my request is completed? Thank you
  10. Please transfer me from Post 1000 to Post 534, Orcutt ca. Membership #204783193 Thanks
  11. No renewal for 2014 ? Post 0400 can't find ? My Address DG Sullivan. Member ID No. 203941013 6870 Royal Palm Blvd M201 Margate, Fl 33063.
  13. Don't have a 2014 membership card (I have a 2013 card)how can I find out if I am a paid up member. MEM.ID.202410186 Shoemaker post 95 Burlington road Bridgeton NJ.08302
  14. I want to transfer my membership to American legion 105 seale rd Phenix city 36869.
  15. Paid my dues on 12/26/13. Received letter stating my membership will expire 2/21/14 if not paid. Have copy of cancelled check (cashed by my bank 1/13/14. Still no membership card. (No contact phone number, just web site on letter.) Thanks for your help. John Morgan #200167886
  16. Please transfer my membership from Post 186 in Little River SC to Post 293 in Waldorf MD so I can renew. Thank you. James McConnell200392071
  17. I haven't got my new card 2012 mailed to my apartment address. I don't have a printer to get that online. Thx
  18. Now there will be two membership cards. If you pay on line there will be a membership card issued on line, and a hard copy membership card mailed. How will I know who has paid and who hasn't paid? Can a roster be printed which indicate who paid, along with an online reference number so we can have some sort of verification of payment?
  19. Please transfer my membership from Alpine, California post #258 to the Yellville, Arkansas 72687 post. Thank you Dick Calton #203225942
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