Veterans may be encouraged to
record official discharge papers with the county clerk for safekeeping and
also by filing the military discharge; a record is maintained for future
proof of service for veterans' benefits. After recording, the original is
returned to the owner. As of September 1, 2003, the military records are
confidential for 75 years as per HB 545. Only a qualified applicant may
secure this information. Texas Local Government Code, Section 192.002 authorizes
the County Clerk to file the military discharge
at no cost.
On request and the presentation
of proper identification, the following persons may inspect the military
discharge record or obtain free of charge a copy or certified copy of the
The following may apply for a
The veteran who is the subject of the record.
The spouse or a child or parent of the veteran or,
if there is no living spouse, child, or parent, the nearest living relative
of the veteran.
The legal guardian of the veteran, or personal
representative of the estate of the veteran. A letter of permission and copy
of identification from the registrant must be provided.
person named by the veteran, or by a person described above, in an
appropriate power of attorney executed in a Texas Probate Court.
A governmental body.
An applicant must provide all
necessary information and show proper identification prior to obtaining a
copy of the certificate.
The following information is
Full name as it appears on Military Discharge
Approximate Date of Discharge
Your relationship to veteran
and mailing address
Valid identification (Photo ID preferred)
The above information is
required by the Texas Government Code Sec. 552.140. Military Records filed
after September 1, 2003 are considered confidential information for 75 years;
therefore, all requirements must be met.
Procedures to Search for a Military Discharge
- Download the attached Military Discharge Application (see below)
or obtain application from clerk.
- Complete and sign the application.
- Provide necessary identification.
- Completed application will be processed and Military Discharge
will be given to you immediately.
Download the attached Military Discharge
Application (see below), or send a letter which includes all of the
information required. Include a legible return address and daytime telephone
Complete and sign application.
Mail with a
copy of valid ID to:
100 W. Mulberry
- Completed application will be processed and a copy of the Military
Discharge will be mailed within 7 business days.
- Veterans are not charged a fee.
Forms: Military Discharge Search Application