There are a number of reasons veterans and military families may need to expedite their request for a copy of a DD214. Completing a COE in time to make an offer on a new home, qualifying for employment preference, and ensuring a veteran family member is buried with military funeral honors are just a few.

The DD Form 214, or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, is the document most often requested to show proof of service and honorable discharge so that veterans can receive the benefits they deserve for their years of service.

First issued in 1950, the DD214 has become the quintessential service record and is provided to all servicemembers from each branch of the United States Armed Forces (with the exception of Reservists and National Guard members) upon discharge from the military. It provides a comprehensive overview of a veteran’s military career, including when and how long they served, any awards or recognition they received, the character of service, and the reason for separation.

When a DD214 is requested, the requesting party is typically looking for two key pieces of information: that the veteran served the required length of time necessary to receive a specific benefit, and that they were discharged under anything other than dishonorable conditions.

I waited too long to request my DD214 and now I need it yesterday. What should I do?

At this point, your best bet is using a verified expeditor like is a company founded and owned by veterans, so we understand the importance of the DD214 and what not having yours can cost you. Since 2007, we have expedited more than 100,000 DD214 requests thanks to our team of dedicated researchers.

We don’t just file the request for you—we begin our search immediately, going in person and working directly with archival researchers to obtain your DD214. This speeds up the process considerably and helps us guarantee faster delivery.

Our expert processors are also trained to catch any submission errors that may slow down your request, ensuring you receive your DD214 as quickly as possible. We’ll even email you a copy as soon as we locate your records, and a hard copy will follow in the mail a few days later.

Is it safe to send my DD214 via email?

Absolutely. At, we take several key precautions to protect your privacy. When you submit your personal information using our online form, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us securely.

In the same way we use sophisticated encryption technology to prevent your sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands online, we also protect your information offline.

Only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing or customer service staff) are granted access to personally identifiable information, and that information is never shared with any outside vendors.

Veteran-owned DD214Direct helps you get the documents you need, when you need them.

Our cutting-edge technology platform and keen knowledge of government protocol and procedure allow us to deliver your documents faster than competitors. We physically stand in line at the records repository and manually coordinate your order, freeing up your time and easing your worries about whether or not you will get your DD214. Much like paying a small fee to have your taxes done by a professional, DD214Direct provides the service and convenience you’ve been hoping for, plus we make it a lot easier.

Instead of having to download, print, sign and fax your document request form, you can submit your order directly through our website with the ease of e-signature technology from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. Once we locate your DD214, we will email you a copy immediately—a service not offered by the government. And tracking your request through us is simple, so you never have to worry about long hold times and inconclusive answers.

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