Veterans - Get a copy of DD214
Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge (other than dishonorable) from active military service.
Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. Military Discharge records (DD214's) are recorded in the PRL Recording & Abstracting Office.
There is no charge for certified copies of DD214 records.
Use the National Archives website
From the National Archives website you can request online:
- DD214/Separation Documents
- Official Military Personnel File (OMPF)
- Replacement Medals
- Medical Records
Gather your information
If you are the veteran and you are requesting a copy of your own DD214 then we need the following information:
- Your full legal name
- Date of birth
- Social security number
- The state and county that has your DD214 (if you know it)
If you are a relative of the veteran then we need the following information:
- The veteran's full legal name
- The veteran's date of birth
- The veteran's social security number
- The state and county that has the DD214 (if you know it)
- Your relationship with the veteran
Come to Veterans Services
Bring with you:
- The information you gathered.
- Your Veterans Identification Card (VIC) or a valid picture identification card
- If you are not the veteran, then we need a valid picture identification and proof of relationship.
What happens next
If your DD214 is at Olmsted County, you can get a certified copy right away.
If your DD214 is at a different Minnesota county, then we will request it for you. It will be mailed to you, usually within one week.
If we cannot find your DD214 in a Minnesota county, then we will help you request it from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis MO.
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