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Military Discharges


Filing Discharges

Customer Service Line: 858-8690 

Honorably discharged veterans of any one of the Armed Forces of the United States are entitled to record their Discharge Certificates (i.e., DD214, DD256, NOAA 5616, NGB-22) at the County Clerk's Office of the county where the veteran resides.  There is no charge for recording the Certificates.

Certified copies of recorded discharges are made, free of charge, for veterans or their immediate families whenever needed. Discharge papers are proof of your military service, and can be used to establish eligibility for a variety of benefits including property tax exemptions and civil service credits.

Once recorded in the County Clerk's Office, a certified copy of the Discharge Document is available at any time in the future.  A certified copy of a discharge certificate may be presented for any purpose in lieu of the original certificate.

To record a Discharge Certificate, you may mail or bring the original certificate to the County Clerk's Office. The original will be returned to you. There is no charge for filing or for certified copies.

Under law, the certificate or information contained therein may not be disclosed except to the veteran, spouse, dependent or child of the veteran, representative of the estate of the veteran or public official acting within the scope of employment, unless written authorization by the veteran is provided. You may be entitled to obtain a Veteran’s Discount card.  For more information, click here.

Veterans Peddler's Permit

Under New York State law, honorably-discharged veterans (or surviving spouses) are permitted to obtain a Peddler's Permit that can be used for the sale of items at various locations. You may apply by completing the application form in the Erie County Clerk’s Office, Basement Records.  Current government-issued identification, proof of honorable discharge, and proof of residency is required, as well as two current “passport-type” photos.  There is no fee for the permit. Please note that the town or city where you wish to conduct business may have additional permit or registration requirements for the type of items that you wish to sell.  Further information is available by calling 858-7467.