Military Personnel Records
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.) NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services and records for dependents and other persons treated at naval medical facilities. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law.
This site provides information regarding military personnel, health, and medical records stored at NPRC (MPR).
If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, you may now use vetrecs.archives.gov to order a copy of your military records. For all others, your request is best made using a Standard Form 180. It includes complete instructions for preparing and submitting requests.
Please Note: All requests must be in writing, signed, and mailed to us at the address shown below.
National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63138
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Closed weekends and Federal holidays)
Allow about 10 days for us to receive and initiate processing your request, then you may check the status of your request by using the Online Status Update Request form. Please Note: These forms are ONLY for status updates for EXISTING requests from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). Visit the Request Military Service Records page to start a new request for military service records; online, by mail, or by fax.
You may also telephone the NPRC Customer Service Line (this is a long-distance call for most customers):
Telephone (Toll Free): 1-866-272-6272
Note: Our peak calling times are weekdays between 10:00 am CST and 3:00 pm CST. Staff is available to take your call as early as 7:00 am and as late as 5:00 pm cst.
Special Note on Calling by Phone: If you have already submitted a request and need to know its status you may speak to a Customer Service Representative. Staff is available to take your call as early as 7:00 am CST and as late as 5:00 pm CST. Our peak calling times are weekdays between 10:00 am CST and 3:00 pm CST: