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Sample Presidential Memorial CertificatePresidential 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.

Presidential Memorial Certificate Application (PDF)

Instructions for Sending Your PMC Request Using Toll Free FAX Line

NOTE: This 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:

  1. Find a copy of the veteran's military discharge documents that shows Active Duty for other than training purposes.
  2. Fill out the application as completely as possible to include your phone number.
  3. Sign the application form before faxing. If the PMC is for the Next Of Kin (NOK), please have the NOK sign the form. VSO’s, Funeral Homes and agents of the veteran's family may sign the form if delivery is to their address. Please make the family aware of the PMC request whenever possible prior to sending the request.
Military discharge documents are needed to establish eligibility. A cover sheet is not required if your fax consists of a fully completed and signed application form and discharge document.

Put your application form and supporting documents in your fax machine in the following order:

  1. Top – Application form (VA Form 40-0247);
  2. 2nd – Discharge Document (s)

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.


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