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Obtaining Military Documentation for VA Loans
As a veteran, you will at some point want to purchase a home with a VA loan. The best way
to do that is to get a home loan through the Veterans Administration. Like all other types of
loans, VA loan documents will be required to get your application approved.
VA Loan Documents
The main document that you must get to secure a VA loan is the Certificate of Eligibility
(COE). Once you have this document, you will be able to provide a lot of information proving
that you are eligible for this type of loan.
Steps in Obtaining Certificate of Eligibility
The first step in obtaining your certificate of eligibility is to ask your lender if they offer VA
loans. You will also want to ask the lender if they offer you the opportunity to obtain your
COE online. Most lenders will have access to the VA loan system which can allow you to get
your certificate of eligibility within a few minutes. In some cases, your lender may not be able
to get this document via the internet. Then you will need to ask your lender about other ways
to get this documentation.
Ways to Get Certificate of Eligibility
When looking to get your certificate of eligibility, you will need to keep in mind the three ways
you can get it. First, you can use the internet and access the VA e-Benefits Portal. This will
allow you to find your COE and print it out immediately. You can also send a request to the
Atlanta Regional Loan Center via mail and get the COE by regular mail. Those who are
looking to get their COE can also use their lender to access the VA online portal and get the
document that way as well.
Other VA Loan Documents Needed
Another thing required to obtain documentation to secure a VA loan is to provide proof of
service. Oftentimes, it will be necessary to provide your DD Form 214 which will provide the
lender with documentation proving that you are a veteran. If you are still serving, it will be
necessary to get and provide a statement of service by your personnel officer or commander.
The statement must show the date of entry into the military and when you were ordered for
active duty and for how much time.
As well as providing the certificate of eligibility and proof of service forms, it will be necessary
to get other forms to secure a VA loan. You will need to get form 26-1880 if you have served
in the National Guard, reserves and/or active duty. For those who are surviving spouses of
veterans, then you will need form 26-1817 to get a VA loan. It will be very beneficial for you
to work with a VA loan specialist to properly interpret the information on the forms so that you
can confirm your eligibility status.