United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Presidential Memorial Certificates

Sample Presidential Memorial Certificate

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.

VA Form 40-0247 Application for Presidential Memorial Certificate VA Form 40-0247 Application for Presidential Memorial Certificate

Instructions for Ordering a PMC Using Our Toll Free Fax Line

If you have any questions about a certificate you have received, a request you have already sent in, or about the program in general, please use the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page.

Check the Status

If you have already requested a PMC 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.

Veteran Service Officers and Funeral Homes: If you have questions about the status of a request please contact us at 1-202-565-4964. You may also send request for status by email to pmc@va.gov. Our application form (VA Form 40-0247) is shown above. Please save this form to your computer and make as many copies as you might need.

We do not administer to other VA programs and we do not have access to military documents or records. For assistance with other VA benefits or records please use the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page or you can call your closest VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000.

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