General Program Requirements
Eligible recipients, including the Veteran's next of kin and loved ones, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC. You may request more than one certificate.
You may not request a PMC for a living Veteran.
A Veteran must have an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions. Certain National Guard and Reserve members may also qualify. Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) qualify as active duty members and Veterans once discharged.
To make a request, eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, must complete the Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form (VA Form 40-0247, PDF, 721 KB). You can submit the form using one of the methods below:
- In person at any VA regional office. You can use our Find Locations page to find your state office.
- By fax at 1-800-445-7143. For instructions, read Order a PMC Using Our Toll Free Fax.
- By mail:
Presidential Memorial Certificates (41B3)
National Cemetery Administration
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
We do not accept requests via email.
You must include a copy of both the Veteran’s discharge and death certificates. We can’t process a request without proof of honorable military service. Please send copies only. We will not return original documents.