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US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Texas Birth Certificate Application

A Texas birth certificate is an essential legal document that enables you to:

  • Get married
  • Obtain a passport, social security card, or other identification documents
  • Enroll in school or university, and much more

If your birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed, you will need to ask for a Texas birth certificate replacement.

Obtaining a legally-valid copy of TX vital records no longer requires long waiting times at a government office.

Applying for a Texan birth certificate online is easy and straightforward. Following our personalized instructions and filling out the simple application form will take you just a few minutes.

Once your request has been processed, you will receive a government-issued copy of your birth certificate at home.

In Texas, records of life events are kept under governmental authority. All vital records, including birth, death and marriage certificates, are maintained at both the county and state level.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DHSH) is responsible for handling all birth certificate requests. All vital records for the state of Texas are maintained by the Vital Statistics Section (VSS.) This includes birth and death certificates, marriage applications, and divorce records.

Texas birth records from 1903 to 1997 are kept in an index of over 15 million births, called Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. The index features the following information:

  • Child's full name
  • Sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth county
  • Name of parents (if available)
  • Birth certificate number (if available)

There are several vital records offices in Texas that facilitate birth certificate copies, including those in the following locations:

Check the list of Vital Records offices in Texas at the end of this page for more detailed information.

As of May 3rd, 2023, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.


How to Get a Birth Certificate in Texas

Getting a birth certificate in Texas is a straightforward process that can be completed with little to no hassle.

To obtain your authorized copy, you will need to fill out the application with all the required information, and mail it to the Texas vital records office.

To get a certified copy of a birth certificate in Texas, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal information:

  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Why do you need the certificate
  • Full name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • Mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

When you apply for a certified copy, you must also prove your identity.

You will be required to provide one of the following acceptable documents, alongside your birth certificate application form:

  • US passport
  • US citizen ID card
  • US Driver's license
  • Federal or state ID card
  • Visa
  • SENTRI card
  • Pilot's license
  • Military ID card
  • Re-entry permit
  • Advance parole
  • Refugee travel document
  • License to Carry a Handgun
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Law enforcement employment ID (federal, state, or city)
  • Offender ID issued by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or an ID from a federal or US state correctional facility or institution
  • Border Crossing Card (BCC) - B1 for business or pleasure or B2 medical purposes

Texans unable to produce one of the documents listed above may provide 2 of the following documents as proof of identity:

  • Current student ID
  • Veterans Affairs card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Signed Social Security card or Numident
  • Mexican voter registration card
  • Medicaid card or Medicare card
  • DD Form 214 Certificate of Release
  • Private company employment ID card
  • Any document stated above that has expired
  • Form I-94 - accompanied by the applicant's visa or passport
  • Foreign photo identification (including El Salvador consular certification, El Salvadoran Unique Identity Card [DUI], and Honduran consular certification)
  • Foreign passport in accordance with the US Department of State, Visa Waiver Program
  • Foreign passport accompanied by a visa issued by the US Department of State
  • Certified birth certificate from the US Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350, or FS-545

Citizens of Texas unable to produce the above documents, may have other options available to prove their identity.

All those born in the state of Texas that need to expedite a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:

  • Texas Driver’s License
  • Texas ID Card
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory state-issued
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory
  • U.S. Passport or foreign issued

Once your application package is completed you will need to mail it to:

Texas Vital Records
Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

This is the office that handles all Texas birth certificate requests that are sent via mail.

You can also print out your birth certificate application package and present it in person to the vital records office where your birth was recorded.

Please note that births within the past 75 years are considered protected records in Texas.

Read more:Fastest way to get a birth certificate in Texas.

Who can request a certified copy of a birth certificate in Texas?

In order to expedite an authorized copy of a birth certificate issued in Texas, the applicant must be one of the following individuals:

  • The certificate holder, a parent or legal guardian of the certificate holder
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the certificate holder
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record
  • An attorney representing the certificate holder or the certificate holder’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the certificate holder or the certificate holder's estate

Texas Birth Certificate Types

It is very important to know the type of Texas birth certificate you need before placing your order so that you receive the correct document at home.

Before you apply for a replacement Birth Certificate from Texas, it is essential that you know the difference between:

If you need a birth certificate to enroll at university, get a driver’s license, apply for a US passport, get married or other legal purposes, then you need to get an authorized or long-form copy of your birth certificate.

An informational, short-form or heirloom copy will not be accepted to prove your identity.

Here are the main differences between the types of Texas birth certificates:

Long-Form Birth Certificate

  • A long-form birth record is also known as a certified copy of the original birth certificate that is kept at the vital records office.
  • Long-form or authorized birth certificates bear legal validity and serve as proof of identity to request other forms of identification
  • Citizens who have made corrections to their birth records will be able to visualize any corrections made to their birth records on this type of birth certificate
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate bears the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office
  • You may order a certified copy on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible
  • Commonly used for requesting a passport

Short-Form Birth Certificate

  • A short form or informational copy of a birth certificate can sometimes also be called an abstract of a birth record
  • Short-form birth certificates will show basic information and is the most commonly used form
  • Informational birth certificates bear the following sentence printed across the face of the copy: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”
  • Short-form or informational birth certificates are mainly for informational purposes and will not be accepted as an official document
  • Commonly used for school records

Heirloom Birth Certificates

  • Texas also issues a document known as an heirloom birth certificate which is also an abstract of a birth record
  • Heirloom birth certificates are primarily used for framing and display
  • These birth certificates contain similar information as a short-form birth certificate
  • Heirloom birth certificates bear no legal validity to prove a citizen’s identity

Birth Certificate for Election Identification

  • The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) adopted a rule amendment in 2013 that waives the fees to get a certified copy of a birth record that will be specifically used to request an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • The birth record for election identification will bear the message "For Election Identification Purposes Only."
  • The fee waiver is exclusively available for issuance of an EIC certified birth record
  • To qualify for the fee waiver, the citizen must visit the Vital Statistics Unit (VSU), a local registrar, or a county clerk in Texas
  • This type of birth certificate cannot be requested on behalf of another citizen
  • A birth certificate for election identification can only be issued once during a citizen's lifetime


Texas Birth Certificate Apostille

Citizens born in Texas who need to provide their birth certificate in a foreign country will have to make sure their document bears an apostille to provide it with legal validity abroad.

This can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Texas Birth Certificate and send it to the Texas Secretary of State's Office
  2. When applying, mention "Apostille" as the reason for your birth certificate request
  3. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Texas birth certificate, send it to the Texas Secretary of State's office with the required apostille fee

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Texas Birth Certificate Cost

Part of the process of getting a copy of a birth certificate includes paying a fee.

When mailing your application, the Texas Health Services will accept these payment methods:

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check

The filing fee of each copy of a birth certificate in Texas is of $22. The price is the same for a certified or an informational copy.

It is good practice to order multiple copies within the same birth certificate application form. Extra copies can be kept on file for your records or for future use. Additional copies of the same birth certificate ordered within a single form carry a cost of $22. For rush service the fee is $13 plus $8 for overnightmail and $5 for expedited processing.

If you are trying to verify a birth that occurred since 1903 or onwards, you may apply for a verification letter. This document will state whether a record of birth for the citizen is on file with the State of Texas.

The information provided includes the citizen’s name, date of birth, and county where the birth took place. However, these letters are not considered legal substitutes for certified copies of birth certificates.

Military personnel with a current deployment order are granted exemption from fees for birth certificate applications in the state of Texas.

Texas Birth Certificate Processing Times

Once you have completed the application and mailed it with the respective payment and photo ID photocopy, the Texas vital records office will process your order.

Birth certificate orders in Texas are generally processed within 65-85 days. It is worth mentioning that during peak request periods, an order might take longer. Rush service is available for an extra fee and takes within 24-26 business days

Citizens who urgently need to obtain a Texas birth certificate may print out their completed application, sign and pack it with the required documents and fee and walk in to the vital records office during opening hours. Although this usually implies waiting in long lines for hours at the vital records office, it may result in same-day issuance.

Texas Vital Records Offices

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Health offices in Texas that can provide Birth Certificate copies. Keep in mind that county offices may not be near you, but they can sometimes process requests faster.

FAQs About Texas Birth Certificates

  • How to get a birth certificate in Texas?

    To get a copy of your birth certificate from the Texas Department of State Health Services, you will need to:

    • Be a Texas-born citizen
    • Fill out the TX online birth certificate application form (available at the button above). Our experts will review your form to ensure it is mistake-free so your document can be issued on the first try
    • Once revised, print, sign and submit the birth certificate application form with photocopies of an identification document (full list above) and the appropriate fee

    The form can be submitted online or by mail to avoid waiting in line at the vital records office or in-person, where available.

  • Where to get a birth certificate in Texas?

    Texas birth certificates can be obtained online, by mail, and in person at the vital records office.

    Regardless of the submission method you choose, the fastest way to ensure your birth certificate is issued on the first try is to:

    • Complete the form online (available by clicking the button above)
    • Have our experts revise your birth certificate application form before you submit it
    • Follow our personalized instructions
  • How much is a birth certificate in Texas?

    Getting a certified copy of a Texas birth certificate requires the payment of the state fees.

    Each copy of a birth certificate issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services carries a cost of $22.

    It is recommended to order multiple copies of the same birth certificate with the same application form to keep on file or for future use.

    Rush service and expedited shipping are both available at an additional cost.

  • How to change a name on a birth certificate in Texas?

    To correct the name on a birth certificate in Texas:

    1. Order a certified copy of the TX birth certificate that must be corrected by filling the online form (available by clicking the button above)
    2. Fill out and notarize form A VS170 Application to Amend Certificate of Birth. Minors need both parents to sign the form before a notary public to prove they agree to the change or correction
    3. Provide required affidavits or evidence of correct spelling to support request.
    4. Pay fees
    5. Request a certified copy of the amended birth certificate (applying online is the most convenient)
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