Order your Texas (TX) Birth Certificate Online

Were you born in Texas and need a copy of your birth certificate? Ordering a Texas (TX) Birth Certificate has become a lot simpler. You can complete your application online and you will avoid having to go to a vital records office in person.

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Texas Birth Certificate replacement

Perhaps you have lost your birth certificate or it is damaged and you need a replacement. How do you do it? Fortunately, obtaining a Texas birth certificate replacement is a fairly simple process. After it has been processed, you will receive your authorized copy of your birth certificate at home.

You can quickly complete the online Birth Certificate application with your personal details. The next step requires that you pay the fee, and mail a copy of a valid photo ID along with the signed application. Once your application has been processed by the vital records office it will be sent to your home address.

In the U.S., 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.

However, there are several vital records offices in Texas that facilitate birth certificate copies, including locations as Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis counties and the cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso. Check the list of Vital Records offices at the end of this page for further information.

As of October 1st, 2020, 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.

Authorized VS informational copy

Before you apply for a replacement Birth Certificate from Texas, it is essential that you know the difference between an authorized copy and an informational copy of the birth certificate.

If you need your birth certificate in order to sign up at university, get a driver’s license, apply for a U.S. passport, get married or other legal purposes, then you need to get an authorized copy of your birth certificate. An informational copy will not be accepted to prove your identity.

Here are the differences between an authorized copy and an informational copy of the birth certificate.

  • A authorized copy of a birth certificate - you will be able to tell the difference because an authorized copy will always have 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 can use a certified copy for the purposes mentioned above. You may order a certified copy on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.
  • An informational copy of a birth certificate - informational copies have the following words imprinted across the face of the copy: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”. This type of birth certificate is mainly for informational purposes as it will not be accepted as an official document.

How to get your Texas Birth Certificate

Getting your Texas birth certificate is an straightforward process that will not take away too much of your time. You are no longer required to go to a Texas vital records office in person. 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.

When you apply for a certified copy, you must prove your 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:
  • 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 birth certificate requests that are send via mail. You can always go in person to the vital records office where your birth was recorded.

Who can request a copy?

While most people are able to request an informational copy of a birth certificate, in order to request an authorized copy, the applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  • 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 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, or 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 of an informational copy.

There are several kinds of birth certificates you can apply for depending on your needs:

  • Long-form birth certificate - It is a copy of the original birth certificate that also includes a history of corrections made to the birth record. This form is mostly used for requesting passports.
  • Short-form birth certificate - This is an abstract of the birth record. It only shows the child's name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, and name of parent(s). It’s commonly used for school records.
  • Heirloom birth certificate - These certificates are also abstracts of the birth certificate but they’re mainly used for framing and display.

If you are an applicant trying to verify a birth that occurred since 1903 or onwards, you can apply for a verification letter that states whether a record of birth is on file with the State of Texas.

The information provided includes the child’s name, the date of birth, and the county where it took place but these letters are not considered legal substitutes for certified copies of birth certificates. Also, if you are military personnel (with a current deployment order) exemption from fees does apply.

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 it. Birth certificate orders in Texas are generally processed within 6-8 weeks . It is worth mentioning that during peak request periods, an order might take longer.

Texas Vital Records offices

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

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You may be required to provide a copy of your photo ID to prove your identity. In some cases you may be required to provide a sworn notarized statement of your identity. Our Texas personalized instructions will provide all the information needed.

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