Veterans are encouraged to have their military discharge papers (DD214) recorded in the Carroll County Recorder's Office. Our office will copy and index the DD214 and give the original back to the veteran. If the original is ever lost, destroyed, or damaged, the veteran can always get a certified copy from the Recorder's office. Each veteran is personally responsible for the recording of his/her own discharge. Based on his/her discharge records, the veteran's eligibility for education, disability, loans & other benefits may be acquired by furnishing a certified copy of his/her discharge.
These records are filed as a courtesy to our veterans and there is no charge to file a DD214. The veteran is entitled to receive free certified copies.
On January 6, 2009 Governor Strickland signed SB 248 into law with an effective date of April 6, 2009. This bill creates a public records exemption for DD214's for a period of 75 years after the date of recording.
This new law will make Military Discharges in the Carroll County Recorder's office no longer a public record. Only an authorized party will be able to request non-redacted copies in our office.
Authorized parties are the person who is the subject of the discharge, a county veteran's service officer, an attorney in fact, agent or other representative of the person who is the subject of the discharge, a person authorized by a court, an executor, administrator or heir, if the subject of record is deceased or a funeral director.
The Recorder's office shall make the record of discharge available only to an authorized party. A person who is not an authorized party may request to view or copy the discharge however upon such request, the county Recorder's office shall redact everything but name, rank, date of birth, date of discharge and type of discharge.
The purpose of this policy is to protect the privacy of these records from the general public and continue to make them available to those who may need to have access.
Veteran ID Cards
The Carroll County Recorder's Office is pleased to announce a new initiative benefiting our United States Military Veterans. This program allows any veteran to obtain a Document Identification Card from our office. This card will display a photograph of the veteran, military service dates, and other pertinent information regarding the veteran's service to our country, along with the specific document number if it would be needed to be located. This ID card is free of charge to our veterans. In order to receive an identification card, veterans must record their original military discharge with the recorder's office and show two forms of current and valid identification.
The only forms that we will accept are:
An original or certified birth certificate
Identification card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
United States military identification
Social security card
State issued license of permit to carry a concealed weapon
State issued motor vehicle license
State issued identification card
Valid United States Passport
United States Armed Forces discharge record (DD214)
The Veteran ID card can be used to veterans to prove eligibility for a number of services and benefits including:
Veterans' Home Loans
Veterans' Hospital Services
Discounts at participating retail establishments and restaurants