Dallas County, Texas (TX) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Dallas County, Texas (TX) Birth Certificate online. Complete a simple form to get a certified copy of a Dallas birth certificate and avoid long lines at the Dallas vital records office.

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Dallas County, TX Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in the city of Dallas or the rest of Dallas County are issued a Texas birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a requirement when a Dallas citizen wishes 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 Dallas, Texas birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed, you will need to ask for a Dallas birth certificate replacement.

Obtaining a legally-valid copy of a Dallas County, TX vital record no longer requires waiting in line for long hours at a vital statistics office.

Applying for a Dallas, 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 Dallas birth certificate request has been processed by the bureau of vital statistics, you will receive an official copy of your Dallas County, Texas document at home.

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.

How to Obtain a Dallas, Texas Birth Certificate

Getting a government-issued birth certificate in the city of Dallas, Texas is astraightforward process that can be completed with little to no hassle. In fact, the entire Dallas birth certificate application can be completed without having to visit a vital records office.

To order an authorized copy of a Dallas County (TX) birth certificate for yourself or on behalf of a third person:

  1. Fill out, print and sign the Dallas birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) and the Notarized Proof of Identification with the required information
  2. Include a photocopy of the applicant’s valid identification documents (detailed list below) and payment
  3. Mail to the Texas Department of State Health Service
  4. Receive the Dallas birth certificate at your preferred address, as per your self-addressed postage-paid envelope

Copies of birth certificates may be ordered by posting your application package to the following address:

Department of State Health Services,
1100 W. 49th Street,
Austin, TX 78756

Alternatively, you may also send your Dallas birth certificate application package to the Dallas Vital Statistics Office:

Dallas Bureau of Vital Statistics
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library,
1515 Young Street,
Dallas, TX 75201

Posting the application to the Dallas office would get the order filled at the county level rather than the state level, and involves a slight difference in search fees. Please verify that you are submitting the exact fees for your Dallas birth certificate copy to be issued.

Dallas-born citizens who prefer to submit their application in person may do so at the county address, although this entails waiting in line —sometimes for hours on end— and arriving early enough during office hours. To submit a birth certificate application in person, print the Dallas County birth certificate application package, and *submit it during walk-in hours *with the required documents and fee.

Attorneys and legal representatives applying for a certified copy of a Dallas birth certificate on behalf of a client will have to submit the following documentation alongside the birth certificate application package:

  • Valid bar card
  • Valid personal photo ID
  • Letter on company stationery stating the reason why you are requesting your client’s Dallas birth certificate or legal documentation such as a court order or subpoena

Third-party applicants requesting another citizen’s Dallas birth certificate should present the following required documentation alongside the birth certificate application package:

  • Documentation linking you or your agency to a tangible reason for requesting the certified copy of a Dallas, Texas birth certificate, for example:
    • Legal documents such as contracts, court rulings
    • Bank statements, deeds, titles showing joint ownership
    • Notarized letter from a qualified applicant with a copy of their valid Photo ID requesting that you received the certified Dallas birth certificate on their behalf
    • Business letter on company stationery with a copy of documentation linking an individual to your agency, for any of the instances described above
  • Valid personal government-issued photo ID
  • Letter on company stationery stating the reason why you are requesting a third person’s Dallas birth certificate

Dallas Birth Certificate Copy Required Information

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

  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • 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
  • Reason to order the Dallas birth certificate (for use abroad, please state “Apostille”)
  • Relationship to the applicant (if not ordering your own Dallas birth certificate)

Once the form to apply for a certified copy of a Dallas birth certificate is completed, the applicant will have to photocopy a valid form of identification to submit with their request.

Dallas, Texas Acceptable IDs for Birth Certificate Application

Since all Texas births recorded less than 75 years ago are private records, citizens applying for a certified copy of a Dallas 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

Dallas birth certificate 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

More options of acceptable identification documents

  • 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.

Citizens born in the city of Dallas or the rest of Dallas County, Texas (TX) that do not have any of the aforementioned credentials to present, may have other options available to prove their identity.

In Dallas County, as well as the rest of the State of Texas, all births recorded within the past 75 years are considered protected records. Therefore, only specific individuals are eligible to apply for a Dallas birth certificate.

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

An official copy of a Dallas birth certificate can be ordered by:

  • The certificate holder
  • An immediate family member: parents, grandparents, children, siblings, spouse
  • Local, state and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies and legal representatives when providing legal documentation (such as a court order establishing guardianship) that demonstrates a direct, tangible interest in the vital record

Dallas County Birth Certificate Types

When ordering a Dallas birth certificate replacement, 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.

There are 2 types of birth certificates issued in Dallas:

  • Full Size or Long Form birth certificate
  • Birth certificate abstract or State certificate

Full size or long form Dallas County, TX birth certificate

A full-Size Dallas birth certificate is an authorized government-issued copy of the original document.

A long-form Dallas birth certificate includes any corrections made to the birth record. It is also known as a certified copy of a Dallas, Texas birth certificate.

Order this type of Dallas birth certificate for any of the following purposes:

  • To sign up at university
  • Get a driver’s license
  • Apply for a US passport
  • Get married
  • Other legal purposes

Please note that an informational or abstract copy will _not _be accepted to prove your identity.

A long-form Dallas County birth certificate can be visually distinguished from an abstract copy of a Dallas birth certificate because the full copy carries:

  • The registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal
  • The registrar’s signature
  • The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office

Dallas birth certificate abstract

An informational copy of a Dallas birth certificate is also known as a short-form birth certificate or state certificate.

A state certificate is an abstract of the Dallas birth certificate kept on record at the vital statistics office.

Please note that short-form Dallas 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 Dallas County birth certificate

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

Dallas 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).

Please bear in mind that birth certificates for election identification in Dallas 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 Dallas citizen must visit the Dallas City Clerk, Dallas County Clerk, the Texas 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.

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Dallas County, Texas Birth Certificate Apostille

Citizens born in Dallas County, TX who need to present their birth certificate outside the United States’ territory need to make sure their document bears an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

This can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Dallas County, Texas Birth Certificate
  2. State "Apostille" as the reason for your birth certificate order on your application form
  3. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Dallas, 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 Dallas County, Texas

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

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

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check
  • Business check

The filing fee of each copy of a birth certificate in Dallas, Texas depends on the office at which you submit your request.

Dallas birth certificate applications processed at the state level carry a fee of $22.

Applicants who submit their Dallas birth certificate copy application at the county level incur a fee 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 Dallas County birth certificate ordered within a single form carry the same cost as the initial copy.

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

Dallas County, Texas Birth Certificate Processing Times

Your order will be processed after you complete the Dallas, TX birth certificate application and mail it with the appropriate payment and documents to one of the addresses detailed above.

Birth certificate orders in Dallas, Texas are generally filled within 2 to 4 weeks.

Dallas 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 submit it in person at the Dallas City or County Clerk’s office during opening hours. Make sure to provide the correct payment since fees may differ.

Although this usually requires waiting in line for hours, it may result in same-day delivery if the birth recorded occurred from 1983 to the present.

Texas Vital Records Office

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Health offices that can provide Birth Certificate copies in Texas.

FAQs About Dallas County, (TX) Birth Certificates

  • How can I get a birth certificate in Dallas, Texas?

    To get a copy of a birth certificate from the Dallas vital statistics office:

    • The certificate holder must be a Texas-born citizen
    • Fill out the Dallas 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 post the Dallas birth certificate application form with the fee and required documents (full list above)

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

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

    To request a certified copy of a Dallas County birth certificate you must be either the certificate holder, an immediate family member or legal representative 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 Dallas, Texas?

    Each copy of a government-issued Dallas County, Texas birth certificate carries a fee that varies depending on whether the document is issued at the state or county office.

    Dallas birth certificate orders filled at the state level carry a fee of $22, whereas those filled at the Dallas county offices entail a cost of $23.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Dallas 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 the same cost as the first copy.

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

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

    1. Order a certified copy of the Dallas 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 your request. Changes or amendments that need to be made to a Dallas 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 Dallas County birth certificate amendments:

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

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