ORDER YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE ONLINE
Order a Texas Birth Certificate online in minutes. Fill out a simple form to get a certified copy of a TX birth certificate and avoid long lines at the vital records office.
A Texas birth certificate is an essential legal document that enables you to:
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 Vital Statistics Unit is responsible for handling all birth certificate requests.
Birth records from 1903 onwards and other Texas vital records are kept by the Texas Health and Human Records, Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit.
Other vital records kept by the Department of Health of Texas include:
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 October 1st, 2021, 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.
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 Texas birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal information:
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:
Texans unable to produce one of the documents listed above may provide 2 of the following documents as proof of identity:
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 request 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:
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.
In order to request an authorized copy of a birth certificate issued in Texas, the applicant must be one of the following individuals:
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:
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:
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:
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.
There are several kinds of birth certificates you can apply for in Texas, as explained above, in detail:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Health offices that can provide Birth Certificate copies. Keep in mind that county offices may not be near you, but they can sometimes process requests faster.
To get a copy of your birth certificate from the Texas Department of State Health Services, you will need to:
The form can be submitted online or by mail to avoid waiting in line at the vital records office or in-person, where available.
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:
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.
To correct the name on a birth certificate in Texas: