File a DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty

Although it is not required, filing your DD 214 with the Bexar County Clerk’s Office provides permanent retention of the record. The County Clerk’s office provides certified copies of your DD 214 should you need a replacement copy for your records. An original complete DD 214 must be provided. DD 214s can be filed at:

Bexar County Clerk's Recording Department

Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W. Nueva, Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 335-2581

See Map of the Courthouse and the Frequently Asked Questions

To file a DD 214 Military Discharge with the County Clerk, you must:

1Submit Proof of Age & Identity

Applicant must submit proof of age and identity. Common forms of identification used to file a DD 214 include: Driver’s License; an original or certified copy of Birth Certificate; Passport; Visa or Military identification card.

2Provide Your Original Complete DD 214

If you do not have an original DD 214, you can submit a request for a certified copy online at vetrecs.archives.gov or submit a request by mail or fax using the SF-180 Form which is provided on the same website. For customer service, please contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri by calling (314) 801-0800.

3The Filing is Free of Charge

There is no fee for filing a DD 214. As soon as it is recorded, we will give the original DD 214 back along with 3 certified copies free of charge.

Map of Bexar County Courthouse, Justice Center & Paul Elizondo Tower (PET)

There are two buildings connected to the courthouse. Building 1 is the courthouse. Building 2 is the Justice Center. Building 3 is the Paul Elizondo Tower (PET).

There is a tunnel located in the basement. The tunnel connects the courthouse to the Justice Center (see the dotted lines below). To access the tunnel, go through the sliding glass doors located next to the elevators in the basement of the courthouse. To enter the PET from the Justice center, go across the courtyard.

What is required to file my DD 214?

An original complete DD 214 must be provided.

What If I do not have an original DD 214?

If you do not have an original DD 214, you can submit a request for a certified copy online at vetrecs.archives.gov or submit a request by mail or fax using the SF-180 Form which is provided on the same website. For customer service, please contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri by calling (314) 801-0800.

Where do I file my DD 214?

DD 214s can be filed in the Bexar County Clerk’s Recordings Department located at:
Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W. Nueva, Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 335-2581

How much does it cost to file my DD 214?

Filing a DD 214 is free of charge.

Will I get my original DD 214 back once it is recorded?

Yes, as soon as it is recorded, we will give the original DD 214 back along with 3 certified copies free of charge.

Will the public be able to view my personal information on my DD 214 online?

No, all DD 214s are confidential and the image is not available to the public. The only information the public will be able to view online is the index.

Am I required to file my DD 214 with the Bexar County Clerk’s Office?

Although it is not required, filing your DD 214 with the Bexar County Clerk’s Office provides permanent retention of the record. The County Clerk’s office provides certified copies of your DD 214 should you need a replacement copy for your records.

Where can I request copies of my DD 214 that has been recorded in the Bexar County Clerk’s Office?

Copies of a DD 214 can be requested in the Bexar County Clerk’s Vital Statistics Department located at:

Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W. Nueva, Basement Ste. 110
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 335-3009

Who can request a copy of a DD 214?

The following immediate family members can request a copy: spouse, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother.

What type of identification is required to request a copy of a DD 214?

A valid government issued or state issued photo identification.

What information is needed to request a copy of a DD 214 that has been recorded in the Bexar County Clerk’s Office?

Minimum information needed to request a copy is the veteran’s full name. While the year of discharge is not required, it is extremely helpful in processing your request.