Veterans Documents and Personnel Records

Find out how to request and update military records.

Locate U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans

If you are trying to find a military member:

  • Call or write to the military personnel locator for the Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force.
  • The Army and the Coast Guard do not provide locator services.

Contact a Service Member in an Emergency

To reach an immediate family member serving on active duty in the military, contact the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center.  The Red Cross will get information from you and relay it to the service member. You can reach the Red Cross by phone at 1-877-272-7337, through an online request,  or by smartphone using its Hero Care app. 

Find Someone Who Has Left the Military

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains a web site that might help you locate a veteran or service member.

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Request Military Records

You can order military records from World War I to the present from the National Personnel Records Center-Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR). Types of records available include:

  • Military Discharge Records (DD-214)
  • Health and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans
  • Medical treatment records of military retirees
  • Records for dependents treated at naval medical facilities

Pre-World War I military records are stored at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

How to Order Military Records

If you are a veteran or the next of kin of a deceased veteran you can order copies of military records online.

Anyone can request military records by:

Most requests are free for veterans and next-of-kin. You will be told if there is a fee.

Archival requests, including records of veterans discharged in 1954 or prior, have fees.

Contact the National Personnel Records Center

You can check the status of your request or get more information by contacting the records center.

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Correct a Military Service Record or Discharge

You can request changes to your military record or discharge from the review or correction board for your branch of the service. Surviving spouses, next of kin, or legal representatives of deceased or incompetent veterans can also request changes.

For more information, contact:

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Get a Military Identification (ID) Card

Military identification (ID) cards are U.S. government property for use only by the issued card holder.

Get or Replace a Military ID Card

Report a Lost/Stolen ID Card

  • If you are a military member, report lost/stolen cards to your base security officer or through your chain of command.
  • If you find a military ID card, return it to the nearest ID card issuing facility using the RAPIDS Site Locator or mail it to:

DMDC - DSC
ATTN: CAC Returns
1600 N. Beauregard St., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22312

Veterans Health Identification Card

If you are a veteran enrolled in the VA health care system, you will receive a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) for use at VA medical facilities.

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Last Updated: August 04, 2017

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