Military and Veterans Discount card application
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The Cook County Recorder of Deeds is proud to employ and support veterans, and is proud to operate a Veterans Service Office at our Downtown Chicago location.
This means that veterans and their families can avoid the lines and receive private and attentive service in a comfortable environment. Call (312) 603-5788 to make an appointment or to learn more.


Why record your DD-214?

Did you know that veterans can record their DD-214 military discharge certificates with CCRD and receive a copy for free?

No matter what happens, whether it be a tragic fire or a need to quickly retrieve a copy for burial benefits, recording your DD-214 with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds means you will always be able to get a certified copy when you need it.

If you would like to record your DD-214 or would like to get a copy of one (1996 or sooner), just stop by our Downtown Chicago office. If you would like to get a copy of an older DD-214, we ask that you call ahead first so that we can have it waiting for you when you arrive. Some older DD-214s, especially from World War II era, require a hand-search through ledger books and can take some time.

Your Privacy Is Protected

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 such as Social Security Number 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.