What if I cannot find my Military Records and DD 214?

DD 214 CopyYou can obtain a copy of your military records, including your DD 214, by using this government website: National Archives.

What military records can you get copies of?

Records from your military service include a copy of your DD 214, Separation Documents, Personnel Documents, and Medical Records.

No, you will not be able to obtain a copy of your old military identification cards through the National Archives.

Can family members request a copy of a Veteran’s military records?

Yes, the government restricts access to your records.  Generally, only your un-remarried widow or widower, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister will be able to obtain a copy of your records.

What information do you need to support your request?

At a minimum, if you are requesting records from your military service, you should know the Veteran’s full legal name and birth date.  If you do not know the Veteran’s full legal name, use information found on a driver’s license, passport, utility bill, or death certificate.

Also, you will need to fill out a form called “SF 180“, which you can download from the National Archives.

Requests military records by mail

If you are requesting copies of your records by mail, use this address:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Request military records by fax

If you are requesting your records by fax, the fax number is: 314-801-9195 Military Records Copy

Request military records by phone

If you are requesting copies of a veteran’s records by phone, the phone number is: 314-801-0800

Does it cost money to order copies of military records?

Generally, there is no cost ($ 0 ) for a veteran or their next of kin to request copies of their records.

How long does it take to get copies of your military records?

Generally, it will take 10 business days for you to receive copies of the information you requested.  However, it is the experience of this law office that your request will be fulfilled before the 10 day window.