Military Discharges/DD-214 Information
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not retain veteran's military service records. Military service records are kept by the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) which is under the jurisdiction of the National Archives and Records Administration.
To request military service records, complete the Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. Fill in as much information as possible and send it to the correct address listed on the form by U.S. mail. Please not that it may take up to six months for a reply from the NPRC after your written request is received.
The following information may be obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at http://www.va.gov:
- National Cemetery Administration
- Burial Benefits
- Headstone and Markers
- Presidental Memorial Certificates
- Military Funeral Honors
- Obtaining Military Records and Medals
You may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
Where do I file my Military Discharge/DD-214?
The DD-214 is filed in the City of Williamsburg and County of James City Clerk's Office if you reside in this jurisdiction. If you are not a resident of Williamsburg or James City County, the DD-214 is filed in the city/county wherein you reside.
What should I bring with me to record the DD-214?
Bring the original or property authenticated copy of either the discharge certificate or the report of separation from active duty or both.
Is there a fee for filing the DD-214?
No, the Clerk's Office does not charge a filing fee. The original DD-214 will be returned to you along with one certified copy at no charge. A fee of $2.50 is assessed for each additional copy.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call this office at (757) 564-2242.