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Bexar County, TX Birth Certificate Replacement

A Bexar County, Texas birth certificate is an essential legal document that enables citizens to:

  • Get married
  • Apply for a passport, social security card, or other forms of government-issued IDs
  • Register in school or university, and much more

If your Bexar County 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 a Bexar County, TX vital record no longer requires waiting in line for endless hours at a vital statistics bureau.

Applying for a Bexar County, Texas birth certificate online is easy and straightforward. Follow our personalized instructions and fill out the simple application form in just a few minutes.

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Once your Bexar birth certificate request has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record 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.

A certified copy of a birth certificate may be obtained from the Bexar County Clerk’s Office - Vital Statistics Department for all births that took place in the rural part of Bexar County before 1967 as well as all births that occurred in Wilford Hall Military Medical Center (formerly Lackland AF Hospital) before 1967.

Birth records that are not held by the Bexar County Clerk in Texas may be ordered from the Office of the City Clerk’s Office – Vital Records Division, which is the local registrar. Some of these records include:

  • Hospital births and home births that occurred within the city limits
  • Birth records from 1873

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 aircraft. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Bexar County Birth Certificate Types

When ordering a replacement birth certificate in Bexar County, Texas, it is important to understand the different types of birth certificates available in order to make sure you obtain the correct document to fulfill your needs.

Authorized copy of a Bexar County, TX birth certificate

An authorized copy of a Bexar County birth certificate is a government-issued copy of the original document. It includes any corrections made to the birth record. It is also known as a long-form birth certificate or certified copy of a Bexar County birth certificate.

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

A long-form Bexar County birth certificate will carry 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 of a Bexar County birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Informational copy of a Bexar County birth certificate

An informational copy of a Bexar County birth certificate is also known as a short-form birth certificate. It is an abstract of the birth record. It only shows the individual's name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, and name of parent(s).

Short-form Bexar County birth certificates or informational copies bear the following message imprinted across the face of the copy:

“Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”

Heirloom copy of a Bexar County birth certificate

A Bexar County, Texas Heirloom birth certificate is another type of abstract or short-form birth certificate that bears no legal validity. Bexar County heirloom birth certificates are mainly used as a keepsake for framing and display.

Bexar County Birth Certificate for Election Identification

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) waives the fees to obtain a certified copy of a birth record that will be used to specifically request an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Birth certificates for election identification in Bexar County can only be issued once during a citizen's lifetime and 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 Bexar County citizen must visit the Bexar County Clerk, or another county clerk’s office in Texas, the Vital Statistics Unit (VSU), or a local registrar in the State of Texas.

This type of birth certificate cannot be requested on behalf of another citizen.

Birth Verification Letter

If you need to search for records to verify a birth that occurred in Bexar County, Texas from 1903, you may apply for a Bexar County birth verification letter. This document will state whether a record of birth for the citizen is on file.

The information provided in a Bexar County Birth Verification Letter includes the certificate bearer’s name, date of birth, and county where the birth occurred.

Please bear in mind that birth verification letters are not considered legal substitutes for certified copies of a Bexar County birth certificate.

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Bexar County, Texas Birth Certificate Apostille

Citizens born in Bexar County, TX who need to present their birth certificate outside the United States 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 Bexar County, Texas Birth Certificate
  2. When applying, state "Apostille" as the reason for your birth certificate order
  3. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Bexar County, TX birth certificate, mail the complete document to the Texas Secretary of State's office with the required apostille fee for authentication. Please note that certified copies submitted must have been issued within the past 5 years

Texas Authentications Unit street address:

Secretary of State
Authentications Unit
1019 Brazos
Austin, TX 78701

Walk-In Service: Room 106

Texas Authentications unit PO BOX:

Secretary of State
Authentications Unit
PO Box 13550
Austin, TX 78711-3550

Birth Certificate Cost in Bexar County, Texas

When ordering a copy of a birth certificate in Bexar County, Texas, (TX) it is necessary to pay the appropriate issuance fee.

The following payment methods are available when mailing your Bexar County birth certificate application:

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check

The filing fee of each copy of a birth certificate in Bexar County, Texas is of $23.

It is advisable to order several copies using the same birth certificate application form. Additional copies can be kept on file ready for future use. Extra copies of the same Bexar County birth certificate ordered within a single form carry a cost of $23.

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

Bexar County, Texas Birth Certificate Processing Times

Your order will be processed after you complete the Bexar County, TX birth certificate application and mail it with the appropriate payment and photocopies of the acceptable photo ID.

Birth certificate orders in Bexar County, Texas are generally filled within 20 to 25 days.

Bexar County citizens in urgent need of a certified copy of a birth certificate may print out their completed application package, sign and take it with the required documents and fee then walk in the Bexar County Clerk’s office during opening hours.

Although this usually requires waiting in line for hours, it may result in same-day delivery if the document is found on record at the same office.

Texas Vital Records Office

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Health offices that can provide Birth Certificate copies in Texas. Keep in mind that the Bexar County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

FAQs About Bexar County (TX) Birth Certificates

  • Where can I get a copy of a Bexar County, Texas Birth Certificate?

    Bexar County birth certificates can be obtained at the San Antonio City Clerk’s Office, vital records division for hospital births and home births that occurred after 1967 within the city limits.

    All births that occurred in the rural part of Bexar County before 1967 and all births that occurred in Wilford Hall Military Medical Center (formerly Lackland AF Hospital) before 1967 can be ordered from the Bexar County Clerk’s Office.

    The San Antonio Vital Records office also fills birth certificates for births that took place anywhere in the state of Texas from 1926 to the present.

  • What information do I need to obtain a birth certificate in Bexar County, Texas (TX)?

    To request a certified copy of a Bexar County birth certificate you must be either the certificate holder or an immediate family member and fill the form with the following details:

    • Full name on the birth certificate
    • Date and place of birth
    • Full name of father and mother (including mother’s maiden name)
    • Valid identification (current state Driver’s License/photo ID preferred)
    • Reason for requesting the record (marriage, Apostille, school enrollment, etc.)
  • What is the cost of a birth certificate issued in Bexar County, Texas?

    Each copy of a government-issued Bexar County, Texas birth certificate carries a fee of $23.00 per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Bexar County birth certificate within the same form to keep on file for future use or for your records. Additional copies of a birth certificate requested within the same order form carry a cost of $23.00 per document.

  • How can I make a change on a Bexar County, Texas birth certificate?

    To correct the name on a birth certificate in Bexar County, Texas:

    1. Order a certified copy of the Bexar County, 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. Changes or amendments that need to be made to a Bexar County birth certificate can be requested through the Texas Department of State Health Services
    4. Pay fees
    5. Request a certified copy of the amended birth certificate (applying online is the most convenient)

    Texas Dept of State Health Services Address for Bexar County birth certificate amendments:

    1100 W 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756
    512-458-7111 or 888-963-7111

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How to Obtain a Bexar County Birth Certificate

Getting a government-issued birth certificate in Bexar County, Texas is a straightforward process that can be completed with little to no hassle.

To order an authorized copy of a Bexar County (TX) birth certificate, just fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information, get it notarized, and mail it to the Bexar County, Texas vital records office.

Copies of Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered from the Bexar County Clerk by mailing your application package to the following address:

Bexar County Clerk, Attn: Vital Statistics Dept.
100 Dolorosa, Suite 104
San Antonio, Texas 78205

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

  • 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

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Bexar County birth certificate need to prove their identity.

This can be done by providing one of the following acceptable identification 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

Bexar County applicants unable to provide one of the documents listed above may present 2 of the following credentials as proof of identity:

  • Current student ID
  • Veterans Affairs card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Signed Social Security card or Numident

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  • 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 Bexar County, Texas (TX) that do not have any of the aforementioned credentials to present, may have other options available to prove their identity.

Once your Bexar County birth certificate application package is completed you will need to mail it to the Bexar Vital Statistics Department-

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

You also have the option to print out your Bexar County birth certificate application package and submit it in person at the County Clerk’s Office – Vital Records Division located at 719 S Santa Rosa.

Please note that births within the past 75 years are considered protected records in Bexar County, Texas. This means that only a specific number of individuals can apply for them.

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

Bexar County, Texas residents can order:

  • Their own birth records
  • The birth records of immediate family members. That is the certificate bearer’s guardian or children, spouse, parents, siblings, or grandparents

Non-Texas residents who want to obtain a Bexar County birth certificate can only order:

  • Their own records
  • The records of their children if they are listed as a parent on the record