Presidential Memorial Certificate

What is the Presidential Memorial Certificate?

A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

The 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.

History of the Certificate and Who is Eligible?

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.

Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.

How Do I Apply?

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 toil free fax. Requests cannot be sent via email. Enclose a copy of the veteran's discharge and death certificate to verify eligibility, as the VA cannot process any request without proof of honorable military service. 

Submit copies only, as the VA will not return original documents. The application form, VA Form 40-0247, is available below.

Already Applied?

If you have already requested a PMC more than 16 weeks ago and have not received it yet, call (202) 565-4964 to find out the status of your request. Do not send a second application unless requested to do so

If you have questions about the status of a request, call (202) 565-4964 or send an email to

For ALL other questions and/or issues, contact the Post 133 Service Officer at 714-402-1923