Recording Veterans Discharge Paperwork
Per Pennsylvania Statute of 1868, Act 37, the Recorder of Deeds office is authorized to record military discharge papers of all veterans, commonly known as form DD214 and NGB22.
Recording veterans discharge paperwork with the Recorder of Deeds office safeguards these important documents in the case of loss, damage or natural disaster of the original document. The Recorder of Deeds will retain an image of the veteran’s DD214 in perpetuity on our secure database. Only the veteran, immediate family member, authorized agent by written request, or the director of the department of veterans' affairs can request copies of these documents.
If you are eligible by statute to request military discharge documents, please fill out the below form and return it to our office. Please note, military discharges are not available for public searches until 75 years after the recorded date.
Recording Your Discharge Documents
Veterans should bring their DD214 (military discharge papers) and a photo identification card (such as a Pennsylvania Drivers’ License) with them to record their discharge papers either to the office in Norristown or at one of our mobile events. There is no fee to record military discharge papers.
Requesting a Copy of your Discharge Papers
Montgomery County Veterans can request a copy of their DD214 from our office by filling out this form. Please note that we will only have a copy of your military discharge papers if you have directly recorded them with our office. We recommend you reach out to our office at 610-278-3289 to confirm we have your records on file before submitting the form.
Veterans' Discount ID Card*
The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds encourages all veterans to record their DD214s for safekeeping, and provides veterans with photo ID cards and a corresponding program to receive discounts for goods and services from participating merchants. Veterans will be able to present these cards to businesses throughout our region that have agreed to provide a discount to Montgomery County veterans in appreciation for the veterans’ service to our country.
All veterans who visit the Recorder’s Office to record their DD214 (military discharge papers) and obtain their photo ID will be given a list of participating businesses.
View the current list of participating businesses:
Participating Merchants - Category* (updated monthly)
Mobile Veterans' ID Card Events
Off-Site Event Schedule for Veterans' Discount Photo IDs:
If you would like to host a mobile veterans’ identification event please contact us.
Encouraging Businesses to Participate*
The Recorder’s Office is asking all Montgomery County businesses to consider participating in this discount program.
- Enrollment would be for a year with an annual automatic renewal.
- Participants are asked to give 30 days written notice if they plan to withdraw from the program.
- Merchants provide discounts to veterans at a percentage of the cost or a specific dollar amount.
This is a unique opportunity for businesses to advertise their products or services, increase their customer base, and most importantly, show their appreciation to our veterans who have served to protect our freedoms.
Download an application to become a participating merchant and help us honor our veterans.
SUSTAINING THE PROGRAM
The Veterans’ Discount Identification program is entirely funded by generous contributors; no taxpayer dollars are spent on this program.
We thank these generous program sponsors:
American Heritage Federal Credit Union
John F. Murray Funeral Home
If you would like to support this program, contact us at 610-278-3294.
List of Participating Merchants - Category* (updated monthly)
For More Information
Please contact Recorder of Deeds Jeanne Sorg at 610-278-3289 with any questions.
Participating merchants are separate and independent entities from the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Office. Such merchants provide discounts on goods and services on a voluntary basis, and will not necessarily self-identify as being part of the Montgomery County Veterans’ Discount ID program. Although participating merchants are asked by the Recorder of Deeds to give 30-days written notice if they would like to withdrawal from the program, and every effort is made to keep this list current, the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Office cannot warrant or guarantee that the merchants will provide the discounts. Accordingly, veterans should present their Montgomery County Veterans’ ID card at the time of initial purchase or transaction and ask for the discount as listed to ensure the merchant’s ongoing participation and terms. The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Office does not control, warrant or make representations or endorsements as to the accuracy or quality of the goods and services provided by the participating merchants, nor does the Montgomery County Recorder of Deed’s Office endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed, or products or services offered by, the participating merchants.