How to Order Greetings From the White House

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The White House Greetings Office will send greeting cards signed by the President of the United States to commemorate special events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens.

While the existence and basic function of the White House Greetings Office has remained largely unchanged over the years, each new presidential administration may deal with greeting requests differently. However, the basic guidelines are rarely changed.

 

To request a greeting card from the President, just follow these guidelines from the White House Greetings Office:

NOTE: As part of the 2017 presidential transition, the White House website team has at least temporarily removed pages referencing the White House Greetings Office, including the online greeting card request form and instructions. Should the Donald Trump administration restore the online request function, the details will be posted here.  

Alternatively, greeting cards signed by the President can be requested through the offices all U.S. Representatives and Senators. For details, either contact their offices or refer to the “Constituent Services” section of their websites.

How to Submit Requests

There are currently two ways to request a presidential greeting:

  • Requests can also be mailed, at least six weeks in advance of the event to: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500.

Guidelines for Submitting Requests

U.S. CITIZENS ONLY. The White House will send greetings to United States citizens only, for special occasions as outlined below.

ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIRED. Your request should be received at least six (6) weeks in advance of the event date. (Greetings are generally not sent after the event date, except for wedding congratulations and newborn acknowledgments.)

ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS. Anniversary greetings will be sent to couples who are celebrating a 50th, 60th, 70th or later wedding anniversary.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS. Birthday greetings will be sent only to people turning 80 or older or veterans turning 70 or older.

OTHER GREETINGS. A limited number of special occasions other than birthdays and anniversaries exist for which the Greetings Office will send appropriate recognition to United States citizens. These occasions include important life events such as:

  • Wedding (Do not send your request until after the wedding.)
  • Baby's birth or adoption of a child
  • Retirement after at least 30 years on the same job
  • Eagle Scout Award
  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah or equivalent religious occasion

REQUIRED INFORMATION. Please include the following in your request.

  • name and home address of honoree(s)
  • form of address (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Miss, etc.)
  • exact date of occasion (month, day, year)
  • age (birthdays) or number of years of marriage
  • your (the requestor's) name and daytime phone number
  • any specific mailing instructions if other than to honoree's address
  • Wedding (Include couple's married names and current or new address)

How Long Will it Take?

Typically, signed greeting cards should arrive within 6 weeks after being requested. The White House Office requires that requests be made at least 6 weeks before the date of the event to be commemorated.  However, actual delivery times can vary greatly and requests should always be submitted as far in advance as possible.

For example, at one point during the first term of the Obama administration, the Greetings Office announced it was “swamped” with requests and stated that it could take “several months” for requests to reach the Greetings Office and be mailed out.

So, in all cases and no matter who's in the White House, the best advice is to plan ahead and order early.