Posted on: December 12, 2012
The DD Form 214, also known as the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, is the separation document issued by the US Department of Defense. This document contains information regarding a service member’s military separation, retirement, or discharge.
You might need to supply a copy of your DD-214 to help the VA lender establish eligibility for the VA home loan program. If you need a copy of your DD-214, complete our contact form and a VA approved lender will contact you to help.
The VA lender can often receive your Certificate of Eligibility instantly through VA’s direct website, even without your DD-214. It’s worth speaking to a VA loan officer if you are not able to get the document right away.
Since active duty service members are not yet separated from service, they will not have a DD-214. In lieu of this document, they need to supply a statement of service signed by the adjutant (senior officer’s assistant), personnel office, or commander of the unit.
Each VA purchase or refinance is unique and will require different types of documentation. To find out exactly which documents you will need, including more information on the DD-214, call 866-437-7385 to speak with a mortgage professional or request more information.
If you need your DD-214 quickly, you should request the services of a DD-214 express service. There are numerous services found online, and there is a usually a fee associated. But if you need your DD Form 214 in a hurry, expedited service is a great option.
If you don’t need your DD-214 right away, you can request it online directly from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). This option allows you to complete the necessary information online through eVetRecs, NPRC’s online request system.
You can also request DD-214 duplicate copies directly from the National Personnel Records Center by faxing a completed and signed SF-180 form to fax number 314-801-9195.
Mail a written request for your DD214 to:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Our mortgage specialists can help you obtain a copy of your DD-214. To speak with a mortgage expert who can assist you, call 866-437-7385 or request information or assistance.
Get pre-approved so that you can go shopping for your new home with confidence. Just fill out the VA Home Loan Quote form to get started.
To obtain more information on VA loans, refinance options, documents, or costs, call 866-437-7385 to speak with a mortgage professional or request more information.
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