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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