How to Get a Birthday Card from the President

Three Methods:Requesting by EmailRequesting by MailRequesting by Phone

Milestone birthdays require appropriate fanfare, and The White House agrees. Veterans over the age of 70 and US Citizens over the age of 80 can request a birthday card from the president. You can submit a request in honor of someone else over email, phone or by mail, but you must request it six to 10 weeks in advance of your birthday.

Method 1
Requesting by Email

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    Go to the White House website at whitehouse.gov. Click the tab that says “Submit Questions & Comments.”
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    Click the button to “Submit Comments Online. You will be directed to an online form.
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    Indicate that you are trying to contact “The White House/The President” in the first drop down box.
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    Fill out our name, email, phone number and address.
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    Complete the comment box. Type that you are requesting a presidential greeting. Then, include the person’s name, date of birth, whether they are a veteran and their home address.
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    Fill out the security question. Then, click “Submit.” You should receive an email confirmation.

Method 2
Requesting by Mail

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    Write a letter requesting that the current president send a birthday card to someone who is going to have a birthday. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number.
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    Detail the event in the letter. Include the name of the birthday “boy” or “girl. Include the address of the person and their age, which must be over 70 for veterans and over 80 years old for everyone else. Describe how old the person will be and include the date of birth.
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    Sign the letter. Fold it into an envelope and affix postage.
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    Address the letter to “The White House, Attn: Greetings Office, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.”
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    Send the letter six to 10 weeks before the person’s birthday.[1]

Method 3
Requesting by Phone

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    Gather information about the person and their birthday. Make sure you have their full name, date of birth and home address.
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    Call the White House Comments line at 1-202-456-1414. When you reach the switchboard, ask for the Greetings department.
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    Listen to the recording that details the rules of the Greetings department. Then, submit your request including your name, address and phone number and the date of birth, name and address of the person to which the greeting will be sent.
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    Go to the online method or mail method if you have trouble connecting by phone. Make sure to make the call at least six weeks before the birthday.

Tips

  • Presidential greetings are also available for anniversaries of 50, 60 or 70 years, births, weddings, severe illness, religious milestones, graduations, retirement of 30 years or more in a profession, Eagle/Girl Scout Gold Award.[2] Make sure you enter the name of the person, their address and all pertinent information relating to the event.

Warnings

  • Requests submitted within the six-week time frame are unlikely to be delivered.

Things You'll Need

  • Postage
  • Envelope
  • Printer

Article Info

Categories: Birthday Cards