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Commemorative birth certificates

Our commemorative birth certificates have been designed by local artists to celebrate a your child's birth in a unique and lasting way. Each certificate is printed on archival quality paper, and fits a standard frame size of 280mm x 355mm (11" x 14").

You cannot use commemorative birth certificates for official purposes. Instead, apply for a standard birth certificate.

Download the Commemorative birth certificates brochure.

How to apply

The easiest and most efficient way to apply for your, or your child's (if under 18 years) commemorative birth certificate is online. Simply choose the certificate you want using the following links:

You can also apply by mail, or in person at our Melbourne Customer Service Centre (CSC) or at selected Victorian Justice Service Centres (JSCs). To apply by mail or in person, you will need to download and complete a commemorative birth certificate application form.

Turnaround times vary depending on how you apply.

We can only issue a birth certificate once the birth is registered in Victoria.

If you or your child was born outside Victoria, contact the Registry office of the state, territory or country where the birth happened.

New parents note. We do not automatically issue a birth certificate when you register your child's birth. To get your child's birth certificate, make sure you fill out Part Two of the Birth Registration Statement (provided by your hospital or midwife) and provide payment.

We recommend you keep all Registry-issued documents safe and secure.

Application checklist

Make sure you:

  • Fill out the whole application form.
  • Submit all required proof of identity documents (see the application form or proof of identity page for more details).
    • Online or mail: Submit certified photocopies of each document. See the proof of identity page for advice on how to get your photocopies certified.
    • In person: Submit either original proof of identity documents or certified photocopies.
  • Provide the required application fee. You can pay by:
    • Online: Visa or MasterCard.
    • Mail: Visa, MasterCard, money order or personal cheque.
    • In person: Cash, EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, money order or personal cheque.
Sample image of an Australian Pink commemorative birth certificate

Australian Pink

The Australian Pink commemorative birth certificate incorporates beautiful calligraphy and Australian images of gumnuts and eucalyptus leaves. It is printed in soft, harmonious shades, highlighted with gold. This style is also available in blue.

Sample image of a Victorian Aboriginal Heritage commemorative birth certificate

Victorian Aboriginal Heritage

The Aboriginal, Heritage commemorative birth certificate brings together artwork by three of Victoria's leading indigenous female artists, Vicki Couzens, Lee Durroch and Treahna Hamm. Each artist depicts an element of birth in a way that recognises and celebrates Victoria's Aboriginal heritage.

Sample image of a Victorian Birds commemorative birth certificate

Victorian Birds

The Victorian Birds commemorative birth certificate has been superbly painted by award-winning artist Lynne Tracey in the style of an illuminated address of the 19th Century. It features exquisitely detailed Victorian birds and is accompanied by a description of the birds.

Sample image of a Classic commemorative birth certificate

Victorian Classic

The Victoria Classic commemorative birth certificate features a decorative border printed in rich, traditional tones of green and coral, highlighted in gold. This certificate is a beautiful celebration of a loved-one's birth.

Sample image of a Victorian Fauna commemorative birth certificate

Victorian Fauna

The Victorian Fauna commemorative birth certificate has been superbly painted by award-winning artist Lynne Tracey in the style of an illuminated address of the 19th Century. It features exquisitely detailed Victorian animals or fauna and is accompanied by a description of each animal on the certificate.

Sample image of a Victorian Flora commemorative birth certificate

Victorian Flora

The Victorian Flora commemorative birth certificate has been superbly painted by award-winning artist Lynne Tracey in the style of an illuminated address of the 19th Century. It features exquisitely detailed Victorian flora and is accompanied by a description of the flora.

Sample image of a Victorian Footprint commemorative birth certificate

Victorian Footprint

Parents can personalise the Victorian Footprints commemorative certificate with their newborn baby's hand or foot prints. Suitable for a boy or girl, the certificate is a unique way to celebrate the birth of a loved one.