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Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current president. Find out how to request a certificate to honor the military service of a Veteran or Reservist.

Am I eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate?

You may be eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate if you meet both of the requirements listed below.

Both of these must be true:

  • The Veteran or Reservist is eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and
  • You’re the next of kin, family member, or close friend of the Veteran or Reservist (or an authorized service representative for a family member or friend of the Veteran or Reservist)

Will I automatically get a PMC or do I need to apply for one?

It depends on where the Veteran is buried and your relationship to them. If the Veteran is buried in a national cemetery, we’ll automatically present a PMC to a Veteran’s next of kin at the burial. If the Veteran is eligible for burial in a national cemetery but is instead buried in a private cemetery, a family member or close friend can  apply to get a PMC. We’ll accept multiple requests for a PMC.

To speed up the claim process, please submit the Veteran’s military discharge documents and death certificate. Don’t send original documents since we can’t return them.

Review our list of military discharge documents

How do I apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate?

You can apply for a PMC online, in person, by mail, or by fax.

Fill out an application

Fill out the Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form (VA Form 40-0247).
Download VA Form 40-0247 (PDF)

Send us your application and supporting documents

You can send us your application and documents in any of these ways:

Online

Submit your application and supporting documents online using the direct upload tool through Access VA. 

From the Access VA home page, select the button that describes you. Then select the direct upload option. If it’s your first time signing into this tool, you’ll need to register first. After you’ve registered, you can upload your application and documents online.
Use the direct upload tool through Access VA

In person

You can apply at any VA regional office.
Find your nearest VA regional office

By mail

Mail your application, along with copies of the Veteran’s death certificate and DD214 or other discharge documents, to this address:

Memorial Products Service (41B)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903

Note: Please don’t send original documents since we can’t return them to you.

By fax

You can also fax your application to 800-455-7143.

If you need help, please call us at 800-697-6947. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

Check the status of your request

If it’s been 6 weeks since you applied for a PMC and you haven’t received it yet, call us at 202-632-7300 to find out the status of your request. Please don’t send a second application unless we ask you to.

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