DD 214 Military Discharge
Although it is not required, filing your DD 214 with the Bexar County Clerk’s Office provides permanent retention of the record. Doing so allows the County Clerk’s Office to provide a certified copy of your DD 214 should you need a replacement copy for your records in the future. An original, complete DD 214 must be provided for the filing and will be returned once the filing is completed.
Filing a DD 214 Military Discharge
A DD 214 can be filed on the first floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower in Suite 103. In order to file a DD 214, the County Clerk’s Office requires proof of age and identity and the original, complete DD 214. Once recorded, the original DD 214 is returned along with three (3) certified copies free of charge.
There is no fee for filing a DD 214.
Common forms of identification used to file include:
- Driver’s License
- An original or certified copy of Birth Certificate
- Visa or Military identification card
If you do not have an original DD 214, a certified copy can be requested online at www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records or submitted by mail or fax using the SF-180 Form which is provided on the same website. For customer service, please contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri by calling 314-801-0800.
Requesting a Copy of a DD 214 Military Discharge
Once a DD 214 has been recorded with the Bexar County Clerk’s Office, a copy can be obtained from the Bexar County Clerk’s Vital Statistics Department located in the basement of the Paul Elizondo Tower. Aside from the Veteran, only immediate family (spouse, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother) may request a copy.
There is no fee required for requesting a copy of a DD 214.
In order to request a copy of a DD 214, the County Clerk’s Office requires proof of age and identity in the form of a valid government issued or state issued photo identification. Information about the veteran is also required. The minimum information that is needed is the veteran’s full name. While the year of discharge is not required, it is extremely helpful in processing the request.