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Request A Copy of Your VA Claims Folder: C-File

VA Disability

How to Get Your VA C-File

Veterans can obtain their C-Files by requesting a copy from their local VA Regional Office.  Veterans submit VA Form 3288. This is a fillable form, Request for and Consent to Release of Information from Individual Records.

Things to Know

  • It can take months to receive your C-File
  • If you still haven’t received your C-file in a reasonable amount of time you can file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request.
    • Submitting a FOIA request allows groups or individuals to request documents that are considered public records from government agencies, such as VA.  Veterans can submit their FOIA request to;; or email

Note: If a veteran hires an attorney, their attorney will be able to retrieve the C-file faster.

VA C-File



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