National Archives at St. Louis

Order Copies of Records


For a fee, Research Services staff will make copies of documents, including certified copies for legal use, unless the physical condition of the documents does not allow reproduction. Please note: In an effort to further preserve our records, the National Archives are moving to providing digitized reproductions of most records. Please provide a current email address with any and every request. 


Please be aware, Research Services staff will answer your questions and give direction for your research, but are not able to mediated reference or provide partial records and/or information.  We do not charge fees for performing searches, but there are fees for making copies of records.  There is a list of Independent Researchers Available for Hire who will perform research for a fee.

We are able to provide reference service for those unable to visit. Staff can perform a search and provide an invoice for obtaining copies. We do not accept advance payment. Researchers who are able to visit may utilize our on-site Specialists for reference assistance.

For information regarding required data for requesting specific record series see our Frequently Requested Records page.

Please send request(s) to:

National Archives & Records Administration
ATTN: Archival Programs
P.O. Box 38757
St. Louis, MO 63138

Self-Service Copying in the Archival Research Room

When you are viewing records in the Archival Research Room, you can almost always make your own copies of both paper records and special media, such as photographs. Please talk with staff before beginning copy work. Our self-service copier is available for $0.25 per page (up to 11 x 17 inches) payable by credit card or check. See also our information on using scanners. Cameras may be used to photograph documents, but flash photography is prohibited.

Copies of microfilm can be made at self-service copiers.

Common Research and Reproduction Fees

Reproduction Service


Minimum reproductions order (25 pages or less at the $.80 rate)


Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) /

Official Personnel Folder (OPF)

5 pages or less-$25.00

More than 5 pages-$70.00

High Resolution Digital Image


General Courts-Martial /

Deceased Veteran’s Claim File

$50.00- 1st half inch

$37.00-2nd half inch

$20.00-each additional half inch

Selective Service System

$7.00-Registration Card

$20.00-Classification Ledger



On-Site Service


Self-service paper to paper


Self-service scan

Free; depending on equipment availability

Self-service microfilm to paper


Microfilm to Digital Copy

$4.00 per copy