Posted on: February 8, 2019
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 may need to supply a copy of your DD214 to help a mortgage lender establish eligibility for the VA home loan program. A VA lender can often receive your Certificate of Eligibility instantly through the VA’s direct website, even without your DD214, but you’ll need to speak to a VA loan officer to verify.
Since active-duty service members are not yet separated from service, they will not have a DD214. In lieu of this form, they need to supply a statement of service signed by the adjutant (senior officer’s assistant), personnel office, or commander of the unit.
If you need your DD214 quickly, you should request the services of a DD214 express service. There are numerous services found online (like this one), 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 DD214 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 DD214 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
VA loans require no down payment and are a great option for veterans. The maximum loan amount with no down payment is $417,000. In Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands the guarantee limit is $625,500 and up to $1,094,625 in other locations. VA loans also do not require private mortgage insurance, and sellers can contribute up to 4% of the sales price toward closing costs.
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