OMB Approved No. 2900-0086
Respondent Burden: 15 minutes
REQUEST FOR A CERTIFICATE OF
Department of Veterans Affairs
Attn: Loan Guaranty Division
NOTE: Please read information on reverse before completing this form. If additional space is required, attach a separate sheet.
1. FIRST-MIDDLE-LAST NAME OF VETERAN
2. DATE OF BIRTH
3. VETERAN'S DAYTIME TELEPHONE NO.
4. ADDRESS OF VETERAN (No., street or rural route, city or P.O., State
and ZIP Code)
5. MAIL CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY TO: (Complete ONLY if the Certificate is to be
mailed to an address different from the one listed in Item 4)
6. MILITARY SERVICE DATA (ATTACH PROOF OF SERVICE - SEE PARAGRAPH "D" ON REVERSE)
C. NAME (Show your name exactly as it appears
on your separation papers or Statement of Service
B. PERIODS OF ACTIVE SERVICE
D. SOCIAL SECURITY
NUMBER (If different from
Social Security No.)
F. BRANCH OF
7A. WERE YOU DISCHARGED, RETIRED OR SEPARATED FROM SERVICE BECAUSE OF DISABILITY
OR DO YOU NOW HAVE ANY SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES?
7B. VA CLAIM FILE NUMBER
(If "Yes," complete Item 7B)
8. PREVIOUS VA LOANS (Must answer N/A if no previous VA home loan. DO NOT LEAVE BLANK)
C. ADDRESS OF PROPERTY
E. DO YOU
F. DATE PROPERTY WAS
SOLD (Submit a copy of
Statement, if available)
G. VA LOAN NUMBER
I CERTIFY THAT the statements herein are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
9. SIGNATURE OF VETERAN (Do NOT print)
10. DATE SIGNED
FEDERAL STATUTES PROVIDE SEVERE PENALTIES FOR FRAUD, INTENTIONAL MISREPRESENTATION, CRIMINAL CONNIVANCE OR
CONSPIRACY PURPOSED TO INFLUENCE THE ISSUANCE OF ANY GUARANTY OR INSURANCE BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.
11A. DATE CERTIFICATE ISSUED
11B. SIGNATURE OF VA AGENT
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 26-1880, MAR 1999,
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VA FORM 26-1880
PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION: No Certificate of Eligibility may be issued unless VA receives sufficient information to determine that you are eligible (38
U.S.C. 3702). You are not required to furnish the information, including the Social Security Number, but are urged to do so, since it is vital to proper action by
VA in your case. Specifically, your Social Security Number is requested under authority of 38 U.S.C. 3702 and is requested only if the service department used
your Social Security Number as a service number. Failure to provide a completed application will deprive VA of information needed in reaching decisions
which could affect you. Responses may be disclosed outside VA only if the disclosure is authorized under the Privacy Act, including the routine uses identified
in the VA system of records, 55VA26, Loan Guaranty Home, Condominium and Manufactured Home Loan Applicant Records, Specially Adapted Housing
Applicant Records, and Vendee Loan Applicant Records - VA, published in the Federal Register.
RESPONDENT BURDEN: VA may not conduct or sponsor, and respondent is not required to respond to this collection of information unless it displays a
valid OMB Control Number. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response, including the time for
reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.
If you have comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, call 1-800-827-1000 for mailing information on where
to send your comments.
A. Mail this completed form, along with proof of service, to the Eligibility Center at P.O. Box 20729, Winston-Salem, NC 27120 (for veterans located in
the eastern half of the country) or P.O. Box 240097, Los Angeles, CA 90024 ( for veterans located in the western half of the country). Veterans
stationed overseas may use either address.
B. Military Service Requirements for VA Loan Eligibility:
(NOTE: Cases involving other than honorable discharges will usually require further
development by VA. This is necessary to determine if the service was under other than dishonorable conditions.)
1. Wartime Service. If you served anytime during World War II (September 16, 1940 to July 25, 1947), Korean Conflict (June 27, 1950 to January 31,
1955), or Vietnam Era (August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975) you must have served at least 90 days on active duty and have been discharged or released under other
than dishonorable conditions. If you served less than 90 days, you may be eligible if discharged because of service-connected disability.
2. Peacetime Service. If your service fell entirely within one of the following periods: July 26, 1947 to June 26, 1950, or February 1, 1955 to August 4, 1964,
you must have served at least 181 days of continuous active duty and have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. If you entered
service after May 7, 1975 but prior to September 8, 1980 (enlisted) or October 17, 1981 (officer) and completed your service before August 2, 1990, 181 days
service is also required. If you served less than 181 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service-connected disability.
3. Service after September 7, 1980 (enlisted) or October 16, 1981 (officer) and prior to August 2, 1990. If you were separated from service which began
after these dates, you must have: (a) Completed 24 months of continuous active duty for the full period (at least 181 days) for which you were called or ordered
to active duty, and been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable; or (b) Completed at least 181 days of active duty and been discharged
under the specific authority of 10 U.S.C. 1173 (hardship discharge) or 10 U.S.C. 1171 (early out discharge), or have been determined to have a compensable
service-connected disability; or (c) Been discharged with less than 181 days of service for a service-connected disability. Individuals may also be eligible if they
were released from active duty due to an involuntary reduction in force, certain medical conditions, or, in some instances. for the convenience of the
4. Gulf War. If you served on active duty during the Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to a date yet to be determined), you must have: (a) Completed 24 months of
continuous active duty or the full period (at least 90 days) for which you were called or ordered to active duty, and been discharged or released under conditions
other than dishonorable; or (b) Completed at least 90 days of active duty and been discharged under the specific authority of 10 U.S.C. 1173 (hardship
discharge), or 10 U.S.C. 1171 (early out discharge), or have been determined to have a compensable service-connected disability; or (c) Been discharged with
less than 90 days of service for a service-connected disability. Individuals may also be eligible if they were released from active duty due to an involuntary
reduction in force, certain medical conditions, or, in some instances, for the convenience of the Government.
5. Active Duty Service Personnel. If you are now on active duty, you are eligible after having served on continuous active duty for at least 181 days (90 days
during the Persian Gulf War) unless discharged or separated from a previous qualifying period of active duty service.
6. Selected Reserve Requirements for VA Loan Eligibility. If you are not otherwise eligible and you have completed a total of 6 years in the Selected
Reserves or National Guard (member of an active unit, attended required weekend drills and 2-week active duty training) and (a) Were discharged with an
honorable discharge; or (b) Were placed on the retired list or (c) Were transferred to the Standby Reserve or an element of the Ready Reserve other than the
Selected Reserve after Service characterized as honorable service; or (d) Continue to serve in the Selected Reserve. Individuals who completed less than 6 years
may be eligible if discharged for a service-connected disability. Eligibility for Selected Reservists expires September 30, 2007.
C. Unmarried surviving spouses of eligible veterans seeking determination of basic eligibility for VA Loan Guaranty benefits are NOT required to
complete this form, but are required to complete VA Form 26-1817, Request for Determination of Loan Guaranty Eligibility-Unmarried Surviving
D. Proof of Military Service
1. "Regular" Veterans. Attach to this request your most recent discharge or separation papers from active military duty since September 16, 1940, which
show active duty dates and type of discharge. If you were separated after January 1, 1950, DD Form 214 must be submitted. If you were separated after October
1, 1979, and you received DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, 1 July edition, VA must be furnished Copy 4 of the form.
You may submit either original papers or legible copies. In addition, if you are now on active duty submit a statement of service signed by, or by direction of,
the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters showing date of entry on your current active duty period and the duration of
any time lost. Any Veterans Services Representative in the nearest Department of Veterans Affairs office or center will assist you in securing necessary proof of
2. Selected Reserves/National Guard. If you are a discharged member of the Army or Air Force National Guard you may submit a NGB Form 22, Report of
Separation and Record of Service, or NGB Form 23, Retirement Points Accounting, or it's equivalent (this is similar to a retirement points summary). If you are
a discharged member of the Selected Reserve you may submit a copy of your latest annual point statement and evidence of honorable service. You may submit
either your original papers or legible copies. Since there is no single form used by the Reserves or National Guard similar to the DD Form 214, it is your
responsibility to furnish adequate documentation of at least 6 years of honorable service. In addition, if you are currently serving in the Selected Reserve you
must submit a statement of service signed by, or by the direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters showing
the length of time that you have been a member of the unit.