Military Status Verification

Military Status Verification

Plaintiffs conduct military status verifications to determine if a person is on active military duty. Courts require these verifications in connection with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA affords certain protections to people on active military duty, called up for military duty or recently retired. The Court wants to know if the defendant is entitled to those protections or not.

The goal of the SCRA is to allow the men and women serving their country to do so without worries of default judgments, evictions, foreclosures and some other actions. The SCRA requires plaintiffs to conduct military status verifications in certain situations to ensure the protection of the servicemembers’ rights.

Before a court will enter a default judgment, the judge will almost always require that the plaintiff (the lender, landlord or whoever is trying to get a judgment) submit a military affidavit. (Other names for military affidavits include nonmilitary affidavits, affidavits of military service or affidavits in compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.) In this affidavit, the plaintiffs swear they have done a military status verification showing whether the individual is on active military duty.

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But the plaintiff has to be thorough. This is necessary because the SCRA is a federal statute carrying severe penalties. Plaintiffs who cavalierly execute an affidavit without conducting the required military status verification may be in violation of this statute.

The courts generally require that the military affidavit, resulting from the military status verification, be dispositive. That means that the judge usually wants a yes-or-no answer, with no equivocation or disclaimers.

Judges may reject military affidavits that say the results are not guaranteed because the Social Security number is unavailable. This illustrates why it is important to use the SCRACVS, rather than the DMDC, if the social security number is unknown.  Thus, the SCRACVS becomes the one-stop solution for all SCRA verifications.

Comparing the DMDC with SCRACVS

Experienced lenders, servicers, attorneys and debt collectors use the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Centralized Verification Service (SCRACVS). It’s a one-stop resource for securing military status verifications. The SCRACVS, based in Washington, D.C., accesses the United States Department of Defense DMDC SEERS database. And we can usually perform the SCRA military status verifications even if the Social Security number is unavailable.

To verify military status of an individual, log in to your account. If you haven’t registered, you can register to obtain your military status verification here.

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