What is DAR?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organizations.

Who Can Join the DAR?

Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible for membership. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death. Visit the NSDAR web site for more information about membership requirements.

Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a chapter in your state organization, or in a unit overseas. No chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed.

Steps to Become a Member

  • Step one - Find your lineage
  • Step two - Identify your patriot ancestor
  • Step three - Find a chapter
  • Step four - Complete application process

Membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a unique opportunity to honor your lineage and heritage as a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution. Our registrar and Lineage Research Committee will help you locate and document your patriot’s service in order to prepare your application. Patriots, both men and women, are eligible if they provided one of the following three categories of service.

  • Military Service — Service in the Continental Army or Navy, Marines, state or local militias and privateers.
  • Civil Service — Those who conducted the business of new federal, state, county and town governments and displayed loyalty to the cause.
  • Patriotic Service — Those whose actions demonstrated unfailing loyalty to the cause as a prisoner of war, doctor or nurse, minister, signer of an Oath of Allegiance, member of a committee, furnishing supplies or many other actions.


The content contained herein does not necessarily represent the position of the NSDAR. Hyperlinks to other sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters