Did you know that the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office can safeguard your DD-214 military discharge papers for free, and provide you with a free certified copy?
Why record your DD-214 with a County Recorder? Imagine something happens to the copy you keep for yourself, if you even keep a copy. Imagine that your family needs it to process veterans benefits on your behalf, maybe even funeral benefits. By recording your DD-214 with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, you can instruct your family to visit our office if a need to quickly retrieve it arises.
YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED
In the past, some veterans had concerns about the privacy of their records – and rightly so. We want veterans to know that we take your privacy seriously.
Federal and state law protects the privacy of veterans when it comes to DD-214s, and we have implemented a strict procedure to ensure security.
For new DD-214 recordings, your personal information (Social Security Number, etc) is digitally redacted.
All DD-214s are protected from public view, and are only available to the person named in the document, the named person’s dependents, the county veterans’ service officer, representatives of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or any person with written authorization from the named person or the named person’s dependents.
IF YOU NEED A COPY OF AN OLDER DD-214, CALL BEFORE VISITING
If the DD-214 you wish to retrieve is from World War 1, World War 2 or the Korean War, or you don’t know the approximate date of recording, please call us at (312) 603-5065 before you visit. Older records are not in a computer database and are searched the old-fashioned way – by hand. Some hand searches can take one or several days.