Disinterment Procedures

Burials at Arlington National Cemetery are considered final. Requests for disinterment of an individual interred/inurned at Arlington National Cemetery must be submitted in writing in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (32 CFR Part 553). Please note, disinterment is an exception that is only approved for those requestors whose facts merit extraordinary circumstances and if approved is accomplished without expense to the United States Government. A request must include the following requirements:

  1. A notarized letter stating the cogent reason for the disinterment request with the name of the interred/inurned individual. The request should be sent to
    The Executive Director
    Attn: Disinterment
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Arlington, VA 22211
    The notarized request must also contain the following additional documents:
  2. A notarized statement from all close living relatives (parents, siblings and children) of the interred individual , stating they impose no objection to the proposed disinterment.
  3. A notarized sworn statement from a third party who knows those who have provided the statements and attests to the fact that the documents enclosed include all the living close family relatives.