How to Find My VA File Number

By Cate Rushton - Updated June 19, 2017
Veteran soldier using a tablet

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs uses file numbers to identify veterans receiving VA benefits. You’ll be asked to provide it when you file new benefit claims. You’ll also be asked to verify your file number as part of ID protocol when requesting information or status updates over the phone. Your VA file number is typically the same as your social security number, though in some cases it is different.

Check VA Correspondence

If you have applied for or are receiving education, disability compensation, pension or survivor’s benefits from the VA, your personalized correspondence contains your file number. Look in the upper right corner for the number, which is six or nine digits long. Some VA regional offices may refer to your claim number, which is the same as your file or social security number.

Call the VA

You may call VA Benefits or VA Education departments to ask a representative for your file number. Provide your name, social security number and branch of service.

Use Your Social Security Number

For VA purposes, you may use your social security number any time a file number is requested. The social security number works even if your file number is different. If you are a surviving dependent of a veteran and receive DIC or Survivor’s Pension benefits, use the veteran’s social security number.

About the Author

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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