In Trumbull County, the Recorder's Office is responsible for maintaining Veterans' military service discharge records, known in military parlance as a DD214 form. These records are used by Veterans to prove their eligibility for certain benefits their military service has earned. Instead of carrying around the paperwork, the Veteran will now be able to present a personal photo ID card. If you already have a photo ID card from the VA, you may not need one from the Recorder's Office. We are only allowed to issue ID Cards for Veterans with Honorable Discharges.
In order to receive an identification card, a veteran must record their military discharge with the Trumbull County Recorder's Office and show TWO forms of current identification, at least one of which bears a photograph.
***WE WILL TAKE YOUR PICTURE AND PRINT YOUR ID CARD WHILE YOU ARE HERE***
***Our hours for issuing ID cards are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m***
The Ohio Revised Code (Sec. 317.24) allows you to safeguard your discharge papers by filing them in the Recorder's Office at no cost to you. The original documents or a Veterans Administration certified copy may be filed Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. These documents can also be mailed to:
Trumbull County Recorder
160 High Street NW
Warren, Ohio 44481
When your papers have been recorded, you will receive a certified copy and the original document(s).
With the passage of Senate Bill 248 in April of 2009, veterans discharge records are no longer considered public record. Therefore, only ‘authorized parties’ are allowed to view or receive a copy of any DD214. Authorized party is defined as follows:
Un-authorized parties may view and receive copies, after redaction.
ORC 317.24 also states that the county recorder shall furnish to any authorized party one certified copy of the DD214. Any additional copies will be charged $2.00 per page and $1.00 per certification.
In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 317.24 (2)(a) any veterans discharge records recorded within the past 75 years is not considered a public record. Therefore, any document that has been on record for 75 years or more, before the date of request, does not apply to any redaction law.
For more information on Veterans Services visit https://www.va.gov/ (National) or http://veterans.co.trumbull.oh.us/ (Local).