World War One Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918

Online Indexes and Finding Aids

World War One (WWI) Selective Service System Draft Registration Records

In 1917 and 1918 approximately 24 million men registered for the draft in the United States. These included men born from September 11, 1872 to September 12, 1900. The World War I Draft Registration Cards created at this time have been digitized and put online. Be aware that these are records of people who registered for the draft. Everyone who registered did not actually serve in the military during World War One.

Online Indexes and Records

Ancestry and FamilySearch have online World War One draft registration cards databases...

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (at FamilySearch/free with registration)
Includes a name index and digital images of the draft cards.

World War One Draft Registration Cards Index and Digital Images (at Ancestry/requires payment)
Available for all states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

These records were digitized from: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1509; Imaged from Family History Library microfilm).

Related Database - Men Ordered to Report...
U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917-1918 (at Ancestry/requires payment) for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

More Online Military Indexes

See: Online Military Indexes and Records

Blank WWI Draft Cards

Blank World War I Draft Cards (PDF) free to download; scroll down to "military forms" when you get there

Some Additional Online Indexes

World War 1 Civilian Draft Registrations (partial index) at Ancestry the Ray Banks database
About 15% of US counties are included here with nearly 1.2 million names (of the 24 million total).

Colorado WWI Draft Registration Cards Indexes

Kansas WWI Draft Cards Index available for 13 counties

Maine World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919

Nebraska WWI Draft Registration Cards Database, 1917-1918

Virginia: World War I Draft Registrations for Northern Virginia

How to Order Copies by Mail

The Southeast Regional Branch of the National Archives in Morrow, Georgia (near Atlanta) has the original World War One draft cards. You can request a copy of these cards by mail for a fee. See The National Archives Southeast Region, Atlanta for contact information.


These are merely suggestions to help you find a copy of a person's WWI draft card. You may not be able to find a specific person's card for a variety of reasons. See additional disclaimers at the link below.

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