National Personnel Records Center

Sample Authorization

The following is suggested as an example of an acceptable authorization:

"I authorize the National Personnel Records Center, or other custodian of my military service record, to release to (your name or that of your company and/or organization) the following information and/or copies of documents from my military service record."

Complete the authorization by specifying the information and/or document(s) requested.  Be sure to sign and date the authorization.  Authorizations are honored for one year from the date of signature.

If you are the next of kin of a deceased veteran, you must provide proof of death of the veteran such as a copy of death certificate, letter from funeral home, or published obituary.