Dear Mr. Smith,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
An Honorable Discharge Certificate (DD-256) is only replaced when the original certificate was lost, damaged, or never received from the service branch. You may request a replacement certificate by completing a GSA Standard Form 180 and mailing it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. When filling out the Standard Form 180, please indicate in Section II under ‘Other’ that you are requesting a copy of your honorable discharge certificate and cite the reason for replacement.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020. As of June 24th, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening process. The center is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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