Commemorative Birth Certificates

Download an application for a Commemorative Birth Certificate:
Download (Word) (requires Microsoft Word)
Download (PDF)​​​ (requires Adobe Reader - free download)

The State of Maryland offers a specially designed Commemorative Birth Certificate for any person born in Maryland. This legal document is a unique keepsake that can be used to celebrate a birth or honor a life. The Certificate is prepared on heirloom-quality paper and features hand calligraphy, an embossed official seal, the signature of Governor Larry Hogan, a quotation from Maryland poet Sister Maura Eichner and a colorful border that includes two Maryland symbols—the Black-Eyed Susan and the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly.

Commemorative Birth Certificate

State law requires that a birth certificate be issued only to the person named on the record, a parent, legal guardian, or an authorized representative having a notarized letter of authorization from any of the individuals named above.

ID Requirements: Click here to see ID requirements.

Fees: Click here​ to see fees.

Processing Time: Click here​​ to see processing time.


A portion of the funds collected from the sale of each Commemorative Birth Certificate supports programs and activities for the education, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect under the Maryland Child Abuse Providers (CHAMP) program at University of Maryland. For more information on the Children’s Trust Fund, please contact Lee Woods at lee.woods@maryland.gov. Information about the CHAMP program is available at http://www.umm.edu/pediatrics/champ.htm. ​