How to Get a White House Baby’s Birth Greeting

Did you know that you can get greetings from the White House? I first found out about this when I planning our wedding five years ago. So when I was addressing invitations, I also addressed one to the White House. A few weeks later, we received a wedding greeting from the President and First Lady.

You can get greetings from the White House for various occasions– weddings, birthdays (80+ years), retirement (20+ years), wedding anniversary (50+ years), and births (request before their first birthday).

I think it’s a great keepsake for a child to have, so a couple months ago I finally got around to mailing one of Owen’s birth announcements to the White House. Better late than never.

(Don’t judge my handwriting. My typing is much prettier.)

send birth announcement to white house

If you want to save on postage, you can head over to the White House greetings page and fill out a form online and submit it.

Or, you can send a birth announcement to:

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C.

Last month Owen’s greeting arrived in the mail. He was pretty pumped.

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  1. This is so fun! My grandparents just had their 60th anniversary. I may have to write in on their behalf. I think they would be really tickled to get a card.

  2. nice! Abe has the same birthday as Michelle Obama (and Benjamin Franklin and Betty White; it’s pretty much the best birthday ever), so I wish I’d done this. Probably she would have noticed their shared birthday and decided to pay him a personal visit ;). He’s 2 1/2 now, though–it’s probably a little late….

    1. I’m sure she would’ve. They probably could’ve done the Evolution of Mom Dancing routine together, too. Way to drop the ball, mom. You can always send a request and fudge his birthdate… But don’t come crying to me if the FBI busts you for lying.

  3. I found out about this when I was planning my wedding as well and I had totally planned to do this for my daughter when she was born in May of 2012 and I totally forgot! I have thought many times I am going to submit it anyways. 🙂

  4. I did this too but our daughter was born during the last part of the Bush administration. It is a very cool keepsake that my 7 year old is very proud of!

    1. I’m sure! I think any kiddo would think it was cool that a president and first lady sent them a greeting.

  5. Christine F. says:

    Great idea! I just submitted an online request for my Nanny’s (grandmother) 90th birthday in September. 🙂

  6. very cool! I need to keep this in mind for our soon to be born nephew

  7. I’m Canadian and we can get similar greeting from the Queen of England. Awesome keepsakes!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I just used the website and just in the nick of time since my little one’s one year birthday is tomorrow! Hehe.

  9. We did this for our wedding. I have a birth one in my baby book from Reagan, and plan on doing this with my future kids. I didn’t know you could also do this for birthdays, retirements and anniversary’s. My Grandma turns 100 next July and I think I will submit a request for her. Thanks for sharing.

  10. How long did it take you to receive your card back?

  11. Thank you so much for writing about this! Your post made me tear up, because my husband and I are both immigrants and it would mean so much to have a White House greeting for the first “natural-born” American in our family. I am definitely going to send in an announcement for our baby girl due this spring.

  12. TRUE story: My aunt turned 80 and my mom wrote to the White House for a Feb. birthday card. BUT she wrote “My sister wouldn’t want a card from the democrats, so could you send one from the last republican President, please, and THEY DID IT!
    So washington politicians really do get along! :-0
    I don’t mean to start comments, but I thought this was a cute story.

    1. Thats awesome that they did that. hah!

  13. Max Lechner says:

    What a cool idea! I was wondering what I was going to do with the left over announcements I have. Thanks for sharing!

  14. The greeting doesn’t seem to be personalized. Is it personalized on the other side of the letter?

  15. How long does it take to get a response from the White House once you’ve submitted your request?

    1. I’m also curious as to this. I dont think my request went through. Im still waiting to receive an email that the request was sent. Every time I push submit it seems that it refreshes the page. Is this normal?

      1. It typically takes 6 weeks. I submitted a request 7-8 weeks before receiving a greeting on January 21st.

  16. It took at least a couple of months to get mine. I just tried to pull up the page, though, and I think the program has ended with the new administration. 🙁

  17. i’m wondering how to do this with the current trump administration? i can’t find a link to do this.

      1. So lame. I was all pumped up and about to redeem myself (forgot to do it with my daughter) with getting one for this baby….I guess this administration just has “better”, “more important” things to do. Ugh. At least now my kids won’t feel like one is favored over the other?

    1. Saying “Note: It appears the new administration has indefinitely postponed this program” is not giving false information. I also provided the address so people can mail one to the White House.

  18. Yes it is. Because they haven’t done so.

    1. Then why doesn’t the current administration post on that webpage to mail a request? Takes all of 5 minutes to do so.

    2. Calm down, Julie.

  19. I requested mine beginning of January still have not received anything for my daughter’s birth does anyone know how long it takes??

  20. Now that we have Donald duck …this whole greetings thing has been cancelled

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