Program DescriptionA Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.
General Program RequirementsThis benefit may not be requested for a living Veteran.
Any family member or loved one of a deceased Veteran honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces is eligible for a PMC.
Certain National Guard and reserve members may also qualify.
Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and Veterans, once discharged and would be eligible for a PMC.
Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided and copies can be ordered at any time.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessWhen requesting a PMC, please use our official application form (VA Form 40-0247, (May 2013 or newer only) available at the National Cemetery Administration webpage. If you are unable to download the form you may call our office at 202-632-7300 and we will be happy to send you a form. Application forms must be signed and returned with a copy of the military discharge document (normally DD-214); the name, mailing address and telephone number of the requester; and the number of copies requested. Informal requests that are not received on the VA Form 40-0247 (May 2013 or newer) or do not have military discharge documents will not be immediately processed until eligibility can be properly established.
The completed application or request may be faxed or mailed to the following:
Toll Free Fax Number:
Memorial Programs Service
Presidential Memorial Certificate Program (41B3)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
To request additional copies of a PMC that has already been sent, or to request a correction to the PMC that was already sent, please fill in and sign the yellow form that was included with the original certificate and return it to our office via fax or U.S. Mail.
Program Contact Information
If you have questions:
- Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Call 1-800-827-1000
- Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired