2. Apply for a medal

You can apply for a medal if you served in the armed forces and are eligible.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has information on the different types of medal.

You can’t get medals for service before or during World War 1 - check the National Archives for World War 1 records and medal cards.


You can apply if you were awarded a medal for service in any of the following:

  • the army
  • the Royal Navy
  • the Royal Marines
  • the Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • the Home Guard
  • the reserve forces

You must meet the eligibility requirements for the medal you’re applying for.

If you’re applying for someone else’s medal

You can apply if you either:

How to apply

Download and fill in the medal application form.

Include a copy of either your lasting power of attorney or a death certificate if you’re applying on behalf of someone else.

Send the form, along with any supporting documents, to the MOD Medal Office - the address is on the form.

Apply through your current unit if you’re still serving in the armed forces.


MOD Medal Office dbs-medals@mod.uk
Freephone (UK only): 0808 191 4218
Telephone (from overseas): +44 125 386 6043
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Send written enquiries to the MOD Medal Office.

MOD Medal Office
Innsworth House
Imjin Barracks

After you’ve applied

You’ll usually get your medal within 12 weeks of sending the application form.

You can apply for a replacement medal if the original’s been stolen or accidentally destroyed, for example in a fire.