All military discharges are recorded in the Recorder's office and are confidential documents. When a person in the military service is discharged, they receive a DD214 document. The Veteran's Services & Civil Defense Office can assist veterans in obtaining their military discharge DD214 or equivalent document. The Veteran's Services Office can be reached at Phone: 763.682.7325
The military service organizations strongly suggest recording the DD214 to ensure easy availability of the certified copy of this document, if the original would get lost or destroyed. Upon recording the discharge, the Recorder's Office in conjunction with the Veteran's Services will furnish certified copies to the veteran. Please contact the Veteran's Services Office for assistance with this process at Phone: 763.682.7325
NOTE: A new law, effective January 1, 2004, requires the veteran or surviving spouse, children, parent, or legal guardian to fill out a tangible interest form and show identification before receiving a certified copy of the document. This is to protect the veteran from identity theft.