Military Discharges

Michigan
Jason VanderStelt
County Clerk
  • 1087 Newell St, PO Box 885
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    M-F 8am-5pm
  • (231) 689-7235
    (231) 689-7241

Following discharge from the Service, veterans may place a copy of their discharge (Form DD-214) on file with the County Clerk. A certified copy is available free of charge to the veteran.

Pursuant to MCL 35.32, a military service discharge record is confidential and may be viewed or copied only by the veteran, a person with the veteran’s permission, the surviving heirs of the veteran, a veterans’ service officer, the Michigan veterans trust fund, or a person employed by the county department of veterans’ affairs who provides counseling for veterans, if access to that record is necessary to aid the veteran, or the surviving spouse or a dependent of the veteran in applying for benefits available to the veteran.

Pursuant to MCL 35.41, one certified copy of records held by the County Clerk’s Office shall be provided at no cost to a veteran upon written request with the following documents per county policy:

Issue to Veteran:

  • Driver license or state issued photo identification; and
  • Veteran’s service identification (Veteran’s ID card or DD214/Discharge document); and
  • A copy of the application for a pension, insurance or annuity, that requires the public record that the applicant wants copied for free.

Issue to Widow or Dependent:

  • Driver license or state issue photo identification; and
  • Veteran’s service identification (Veteran’s ID card or DD214/Discharge document); and
  • Death Certificate of the veteran; and
  • A copy of the application for a pension, insurance or annuity, that requires the public record that the applicant wants copied for free.