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Presidential Memorial Certificates
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans.
This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent Presidents. Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program by preparing the certificates which bear the current President’s signature expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the Veteran’s service in the United States Armed Forces.
Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.
Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC in person at any VA regional office or by U.S. mail or toll-free fax. Requests cannot be sent via email. Please be sure to enclose a copy of the Veteran's discharge and death certificate to verify eligibility, as we cannot process any request without proof of honorable military service. Please submit copies only, as we will not return original documents.
If you would like to apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, or if you have already requested one more than sixteen (16) weeks ago and have not received it yet, please call 1-202-565-4964 to find out the status of your request. Please do not send a second application unless we request you to do so.
Instructions for Sending Your PMC Request Using Toll Free FAX Line
toll free fax service is available for PMC requests for
all veterans that are buried in a Private Cemetery,
State Veterans Cemetery, and in a VA national cemetery.
Some State Veterans Cemetery's automatically order a PMC
for a veteran burial so please check with the cemetery
administrator before ordering.
To ensure your application is processed quickly and the certificate is delivered without errors, please follow all of the steps below:
Put your application form and supporting documents in your fax machine in the following order:
Fax your application and supporting document(s) to: 1-800-455-7143
Important Message for VSO's, Funeral Homes and Other Businesses: send one application package (application plus supporting document(s)) at a time. For this fax system to work as intended you must disconnect the call (hang up) and re-dial between each new application package.