You can mail or fax your signed and dated request to the National Archives' National Personnel Record Center (NPRC). Be sure to use the address specified by e Vet Recs or the instructions on the SF-180. Generally there is no charge for basic military personnel and medical record information provided to veterans, next-of-kin and authorized representatives from Federal (non-archival) records.
If your request involves a service fee, you will be notified as soon as that determination is made.
The vast majority of these records are paper-based and not available on-line.
Learn More Our online e Vet Recs system creates a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative's, military personnel records.
Please do not send a follow-up request before 90 days have elapsed, as it may cause further delays.
While the NPRC works actively to respond to each request in a timely fashion, the Center receives approximately 4,000 - 5,000 requests per day.
Special Note on Contacting by Email: Requests for military personnel records or information from them cannot be accepted by email at this time. NOTE: If you send messages using Web TV or a free-email service, you will not receive our response if your mailbox is full. Limited information from Official Military Personnel Files is releasable to the general public without the consent of the veteran or the next-of-kin.
Please provide the request number if you have one, the name, address and phone number of the requester, and the veteran's branch of service to aid us to finding your request in our system.e Vet Recs Help and FAQs If you have been impacted by recent wildfires in California and need priority service to replace a Separation Document (usually DD Form 214 or equivalent), place the word “Wildfire” in the "Comments" section of e Vet Recs or in the "Purpose" section of the Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records.(NOTE: This fax number is only for special requests, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters) If you have been impacted by a hurricane and need priority service to replace a Separation Document (usually DD Form 214 or equivalent), place the word “Hurricane” in the "Comments" section of e Vet Recs or in the "Purpose" section of the Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records.Learn more Visit e Vet Recs Help and FAQ to learn more about how to use e Vet Recs.Your request must contain certain basic information for us to locate your service records.