Records Request

Program Description

The DD-214 or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty is a Department of Defense document issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation or discharge from active-duty military. The DD-214 documents a service member's time in the military, discharge status, awards and medals, promotions, combat service, Military Occupational Specialties, and training.

Many benefits claims and veterans' program applications require veterans to submit their DD-214. A copy of a veteran's DD-214 can be requested from the National Archives.


  • Military veterans and next-of-kin of deceased veterans.

How To Apply

  • Request a copy of DD-214 online or by mail of fax using form SF-180 through the National Archives website.
  • Individuals with an ebenefits Premium account can also access their DD-214 through the ebenefits portal.

Contact Info

Records Request

Visit the Records Request Website