Houston, Texas (TX) Birth Certificate Online

Obtain an official Houston, Texas birth certificate online —avoid waiting in line, and have the government-issued vital record mailed to your home address.


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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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Order a Certified Copy of a Houston, Texas (TX) birth certificate

Citizens born in Houston, Texas who need one or more official copies of a Houston birth certificate can fill out a simple online birth certificate application form in just a few minutes.

The most convenient way to obtain a legally valid copy of a Houston, Texas birth certificate complete with a raised seal and signature is to order a copy of the document online. Getting certified copies of a Houston vital record no longer entails long hours waiting in line at the vital records office.

Applicants can complete the online birth certificate application with their personal details, print, sign, and mail it with a copy of a valid photo ID (see the full list of acceptable proof of identity and address below) along with the payment of the fee.

Once your request is processed by the vital records office, you will receive your Houston, TX birth certificate by mail at your preferred address —as stated on your self-addressed, pre-paid envelope.

A certified copy of a Houston birth certificate is an official document that can be used as legal proof of a person’s citizenship, identity, and age.

A citizen born in the city of Houston —or the rest of Harris County, Texas— may be required to provide their birth certificate in some of the following situations:

A Texas citizen who has lost, misplaced or whose birth certificate was stolen, does not need to visit the vital records office in person, since a replacement for a Houston, Texas birth certificate can be requested online in just a few minutes.

The easiest way to obtain a legally-valid copy of a Houston, Texas birth certificate is to mail your order to the Texas DSHS. Nevertheless, birth certificate orders may also be filled at the Harris County or Houston City Office, according to the applicant’s preference. Please note that the fees differ between these three offices (see details below).

For those who prefer to submit their order at the city office, birth certificates from 1882 and death certificates from 1874 registered within the city limits of Houston can be obtained from the Houston Health Department Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Birth or death certificates of events that occurred outside Houston’s city limits can be ordered from the Harris County Vital Records Office or the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit.


Houston, Texas (TX) Birth Certificate Replacement

Filling out a Houston birth certificate application form online will save you the hassle of waiting in line for hours at the vital records office since your document will be delivered to your home address in Texas.

To get a certified copy of a birth certificate in Houston, Texas, applicants will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Last name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
  • Name of hospital or address where the citizen was born
  • The reason why you need the birth certificate
  • Mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

After completing the online Houston birth certificate application, you simply need to print and sign it.

Then, place it in an envelope with:

  • A copy of both sides of a valid photo ID
  • Notarized proof of identification form (which must be signed and notarized)
  • Payment for each copy of the vital record you need to obtain

Please note you also need to include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope of your preference to receive your Houston, Texas birth certificate at the address you require.

Then, you have the choice to mail your Houston birth certificate application or to present it in person **at the appropriate vital records office.

The easiest would be to post it to the Texas DSHS address below:

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

If you would rather have your order processed at the county level, you may post your package to the Harris County Clerk’s Office:

Harris County Birth Certificates
Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline, Suite 330
Houston, TX 77002

For births recorded outside Houston, or the rest of Harris County, the Harris County Clerk's office can only provide a short-form birth certificate. If you need a long-form copy, you will need to post your request to the Texas DSHS address above, instead.

The Harris County Clerk's Office keeps birth certificates outside the city limits of:

  • Houston
  • Baytown
  • La Porte
  • South Houston
  • Jacinto City
  • Justice of the Peace Precincts 3 & 4

Who can apply for a Houston (TX) birth certificate?

In Houston, as in the rest of Harris County, Texas, birth and death certificates may only be issued to eligible individuals. Birth certificates filed within the past 75 years can be obtained by immediate family members such as the following:

  • Mother
  • Father
  • Brother
  • Sister
  • Parent
  • Grandparent
  • Child

Additionally, a certified copy of a birth certificate from Houston, Texas (TX) may also be requested by the following representatives, provided they have a direct tangible need for the document:

  • Legal guardian
  • Legal representative of the family
  • Organizations or governmental agencies

Houston, Texas Birth Certificate Types

It is important to understand the difference between an authorized copy and an informational copy when ordering a replacement Birth Certificate in Houston, Texas.

Houston birth certificates can be issued in 2 forms:

  • Full copy of a birth certificate, otherwise known as certified copy of a birth certificate or long-form birth certificate —this is the document needed to have other forms of government identification documents issued since they bear legal validity
  • Abstract copy of a birth certificate, otherwise known as short-form birth certificate

Citizens born in Houston who order a copy of their own birth records will be issued a certified copy of their birth certificate.

Out-of-County birth certificates ordered from the Houston City Clerk’s office can only be issued as short-form birth certificates. Citizens in this situation who need to obtain a long-form birth certificate should post their order to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Please note that abstract birth certificates may not be acceptable to have a passport issued.

How to Order a Houston Birth Certificate

Citizens born in Houston —or the rest of Texas— can order a government-issued copy of a TX birth certificate by following these easy steps.

  1. Fill out the birth certificate application form with the certificate bearer’s basic personal information
  2. Print, sign, and mail the completed birth certificate application package with the required documents to the vital statistics office (see full address above and Houston birth certificate requirements below)
  3. Receive a certified copy of the Houston, Texas birth certificate endorsed with the registrar’s signature, and raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal. The document will also carry the date the certificate was filed with the Texas registrar’s office

Please note that incorrect or incomplete information on your birth certificate application form may cause delays, so take the time to carefully revise the data entered in your form. In order to avoid unnecessary hassles and extended turnaround, simply complete the online Houston birth certificate application form and follow our personalized instructions.

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

Houston (TX) Birth Certificate Requirements

When ordering a Houston, Texas birth certificate, you will be required to include clear photocopies of both sides of any of the following unexpired photo identification documents along with your birth certificate application package:

Provide one of the following acceptable documents, alongside your Houston 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

Citizens of Houston, Texas (TX) unable to provide one of the documents listed above may present 2 of the following documents 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 Houston that do not have any of the above identification documents at hand may have other options available to prove their identity

Nationals applying to get a driver's license, Social Security Card, or US passport will need an official copy of their Texas State birth certificate. This certified copy will also serve citizens getting married or registering for school.

Please note that what validates this type of birth certificate copy for legal purposes is the fact that it carries the official state registrar's raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored Seal. This document will also have the registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office.

Houston Birth Certificate Apostille

Houstonians who need to provide their birth certificate outside the US territory will need an Apostille to provide the vital record with legal validity abroad.

Citizens born in Houston —or other parts of Texas— can obtain an Apostille on their birth certificate by following these simple steps:

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

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

Houston (TX) Birth Certificate Cost

Getting a Houston, Texas birth certificate carries a fee that may vary depending on whether you post your application package at the State of Texas, County of Harris, or Houston City level.

Houston birth certificate applications filled by the Texas DSHS carry a cost of USD $25 per certified copy. Copies issued by the Harris County Office cost $25, whereas those filled in Houston entail payment of $23. Please make sure you provide the exact amount according to the office where you choose to submit your application.

The Houston birth certificate cost must be covered at the moment the citizen submits the application form. The same fee applies for long-form and short-form birth certificates.

It is good practice to order extra certified copies of a Houston, TX birth certificate. It is useful to keep additional copies of the vital record on file, ready for future use whenever the need arises.

Extra Houston birth certificate copies requested within the same birth certificate application form cost the same cost per copy as the initial certificate, as explained above.

Birth certificates for election identification fees have been waived by the state of Texas.

Military personnel with a current deployment order are granted exemption from fees when they require copies of their Houston birth certificate.

Houston (TX) Birth Certificate Processing Times

Houston birth certificate applications are processed once the citizen’s request is received by post. In order for a Houston birth certificate application to be filled without delay, it must be correctly filled out and submitted with all the necessary requirements, as detailed above.

The majority of Houston birth certificate orders are filled within 2 to 3 weeks, although a small number of cases may take slightly longer to process.

As soon as the certified copy of a Houston birth certificate is issued, it will be mailed to your current home address as printed on your postage-paid, self-addressed envelope.

Texas Vital Records Office

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Health offices that can provide Birth Certificate copies. Keep in mind that ordering a birth certificate from the State of Texas Vital Records Office or the bureau where it was first filed ensures that you will be issued a long-form certified copy of a Houston birth certificate.

FAQs About Houston, Texas (TX) Birth Certificates

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

    The most convenient way to get a copy of a birth certificate in Houston is to fill out the application form online (available by clicking on 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 you receive your application package, print and sign it. Notarize your proof of identity and submit it along with the Houston birth certificate application form, the fee, and requirements detailed above.

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

  • Where can I get a birth certificate in Houston, TX?

    Houston, Texas birth certificates can be obtained online, by mail, or by visiting the vital records office during their walk-in hours.

    Regardless of the submission method you choose, the fastest way to ensure your Houston 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 Houston birth certificate application form before you submit it
    • Follow our personalized instructions
  • How much does a birth certificate cost in Houston?

    Getting a certified copy of a Houston birth certificate in Harris County, or the rest of Texas, requires the payment of the search fees.

    Houston birth certificate certified copies carry a cost of $25 per document issued by the Texas DSHS, $25 when issued by the Harris County Vital Records Office, and $23 when issued by the Houston Vital Records Office.

    It is advisable to order several copies of the same birth certificate on the same application form to keep on file ready for future use.

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

  • How to change a name on a Houston birth certificate

    To amend a Houston birth certificate:

    1.- Order a certified copy of the 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 and mail to address below 4.- Pay fees 5.- Request a certified copy of the amended birth certificate (applying online is the most convenient)

    Mailing address to amend a Houston birth certificate:

    Texas DSHS - Vital Statistics
    MC 2096
    1100 W. 49th St.
    Austin, TX 78756

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