Documents Required for Scheduling a Funeral Service


Before a service can be scheduled, all documentation needs to be submitted and reviewed by Arlington staff to establish and confirm eligibility. We recommend that you have all of the required documentation together before you call Arlington National Cemetery to schedule the service.

  1. DD214 or equivalent service documentation showing honorable discharge and active duty service (Mandatory for a veteran; second interment of spouse does not require this if ANC can verify the veteran's eligibility from historic archived records)

  2. Death certificate

  3. Cremation certificate, if applicable

  4. Succession documents for the Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD) to act on behalf of the Primary Next of Kin (PNOK).

  5. Unmarried adult dependents require two additional documents. A notarized statement from an individual who has direct knowledge as to the marital status, degree of dependency of the deceased child, the name of that child's parent, and the military service upon which the burial is being requested. Also required is a certificate from the attending physician regarding the nature and duration of the physical and/or mental disability.

  6. Other additional documents will be required for signature before the service can take place.


Important Information for scheduling services for cremated remains


Arlington National Cemetery requires certification of 100% of cremated remains and a cremated remains certificate. We support the industry best practices of including the cremation identification number, which is included with the remains and annotated on the cremation certificate. Arlington does not accept cremated remains by mail.