Our office records military discharges in association with the Chester County Veterans' Affairs Office. This process safeguards a veterans' documents in case of loss, misplacement or natural disaster so as to not risk the interruption or discontinuation of benefits for themselves and/or their families. After recordation, any hard copies containing sensitive information are destroyed and the digital images of these important documents are kept in a secure database on our server. This ensures that only the serviceperson, his or her immediate family*, or authorized military personnel or veterans' agencies will have access to these recorded documents at a later date. Military discharges are the only documents we maintain that are not made a part of the public record.
See also Veteran ID & Discount Program.
If your military discharge has already been recorded in our office and you now require a certified copy, please email [email protected], call (610) 344-6330 or visit our office (313 West Market Street, Suite 3302, West Chester, PA). Please note that we will only have a copy of your military discharge documents if you directly recorded them with our office and require verification of identity (serviceperson, immediate family*, or authorized military personnel or veterans' agency) to receive a certified copy.
We also offer Veterans who record their discharge documents a county-issued photo ID card and membership to our Veteran Discount Program with over 100 participating local businesses. Click here for more information.
*Immediate family that may access these records in the absence or death of the veteran is defined as a spouse, siblings, children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents.