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Proof of Death Now Required When Requesting Deceased Veterans' Military Records

As a result of a recent change in policy, the Department of Defense's Privacy Office now requires next-of-kin who request records related to a deceased veteran to provide proof of death. Since the National Personnel Record Center serves as the agent for the Department of Defense, their procedures and forms for requesting a deceased veteran's records have been amended as well. This change was made in a continued effort to ensure the protection of veterans' privacy.

The following documents may be used as proof of death:

  • Death certificate
  • Newspaper article
  • Obituary
  • Death notice
  • Coroner's report of death
  • Verdict of coroner's jury
  • Report of death signed by a United States consul or other agent of the State Department
  • Funeral director's signed statement of death, which must: be on funeral home letterhead, list the full name of the deceased, date of birth and date of death, and be signed by the funeral director or their designated representative

Questions regarding this policy change should be sent to mpr.assistance@nara.gov; you can expect an answer within 24 hours. For emergent issues regarding obtaining military records, please call the National Personnel Records Center at 314-801-0821