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Published on Friday, July 26, 2019

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 by the Primary Next of Kin or Person Authorized to Direct Disposition 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 (including the person who directed the original interment if still surviving).

  3. Sworn statement with notarized signature from a third party who knows those persons who have provided the statements of no objection to the requested exception. The notarized sworn statement must list by name all persons who have provided a statement, and attest that those persons who provided statements are indeed the only living parents, siblings, and adult children of the person already interred.

  4. The public disclosure form signed by the PNOK or PADD. A copy of the public disclosure form is available online hereView Public Disclosure Form.