Military Discharges may be recorded in the Register of Deeds Office at no charge. Effective January 1, 2004, due to changes to North Carolina G.S.47-113.2., Military discharges have restricted public access in accordance with the North Carolina Statute, the following parties are authorized to record or obtain copies of military discharge documents:
1. The person of the document or the person's widow or widower.
2. Agents and representatives of the person authorized in writing:
By the person or person's widow or widower in a notarized authorization,
By a court to represent person, or
By the person's executor acting on behalf of a deceased person.
3. Authorized agents of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, or a court official with an interest in
assisting the person or the deceased person's beneficiaries to obtain a benefit.
4. Agents or representatives of the North Carolina State Archives.
The above parties must come in person and present a government issued picture identification in order to gain access. For other questions concerning veterans or their families call Veteran Services at (910) 798-7611 or go to the Veteran Services website.