How to Order Free White House Greetings

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Receiving a White House greeting in the mail to celebrate a milestone birthday, anniversary, or other occasions makes an important day even more special.

These White House greetings are completely free; you just need to send in a request following the guide below.

Your White House greeting signed by the president will be a keepsake that will truly be cherished for many years to come.

What Special Occasions Will Get You Free White House Greetings

Free White House greetings will be sent to U.S. citizens celebrating the following milestones:

  • Birthday - U.S. citizens who are celebrating their 80th birthday and above, or veterans celebrating a birthday 70 and above are eligible for a free birthday White House greeting.
  • Anniversary - Couples celebrating a 50th, 60th, 70th, and up anniversary can get a free anniversary White House greeting.

You can also receive a free White House greeting for the following events. Send in these requests after the event has already happened.

  • Birth or Adoption
  • Wedding and Civil Unions
  • Other Special Occasions - The White House isn't specific about what other occasions it will send a greeting for but it never hurts to ask.

Where to Send White House Greetings Requests

There are quite a few different methods for requesting White House greetings. Choose one or all of these methods to make sure you get your White House greeting in a timely manner.

  1. Fill out the White House Contact Form. The White House has a contact form to send your message to the White House. Be sure to include all the details you want from your White House greeting in the Comment section of the form.
  1. Mail Your Request to the White House. Send your request to the following address to get a greeting back:

    The White House
    Attn: Greetings Office
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20500
  2. Contact Your Senator or Representative. Get a hold of your Senator or House Representative and request a White House greeting. You may also request a greeting from them.

    What to Include in White House Greetings Requests

    Include the following information along with your White House greeting request:

    • Name and address of honoree (couple's name if this is for an anniversary or wedding)
    • Type of event
    • Date of birth, anniversary, or special occasion
    • Age if a birthday or number of years married if an anniversary
    • Your name and phone number

    When to Send in White House Greetings Requests

    Lots of people send in requests for White House greetings and the White House is swamped in responding to as many of these as possible. It will take a while to receive your greeting but here are some tips to help you decide when to send them in.

    • You'll need to submit birthday and anniversary White House greeting requests 6-8 weeks before the event.
    • Birth and wedding White House greetings should be sent in after the event.

    The White House tries to send out the greetings around 10 days prior to the event.

    Checking on the Status of a White House Greeting Request

    You can call the White House Comments line at 1-202-456-1111 to check on the status of your White House greetings request.

    Tips to Make Sure You Receive Your White House Greeting

    1. Don't Miss the Obvious. It may go without saying but double-check all the information before you send it to the White House. Make sure that all details, addresses, and names are correct before you send them in.
    1. Send a Clear Request. Be clear about what type of White House greeting you're wanting (birthday, anniversary, etc.) and when you want it by.
    2. Be Nice. Using please and thank you's will get you far in this process. I also recommend leaving politics aside in your request.

    When to Expect White House Greetings