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Request a San Antonio, Texas (TX) Birth Certificate online. Fill out a simple online form to get a certified copy of a TX birth certificate and avoid waiting in line at the vital records office.

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San Antonio, TX Birth Certificate Replacement

When a citizen born in San Antonio plans to get married, needs to apply for a government-issued ID —such as a passport or social security card— or enroll in school, they will be asked to present their San Antonio, Texas birth certificate.

You can easily order an official San Antonio Texas birth certificate replacement online if your birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed.

Obtaining a legally-valid copy of a San Antonio, TX vital record no longer requires waiting in line for endless hours at a vital statistics office.

Applying for a San Antonio, Texas birth certificate online is easy and straightforward. Follow our personalized instructions to obtain a TX birth certificate replacement and fill out the simple application form in under 10 minutes.

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Once your San Antonio birth certificate application has been filled, you will receive an official government-issued copy of your vital record at home.

In San Antonio —as well as the rest of Texas— records of life events are confidential records kept under governmental authorities to which eligible citizens have restricted access. All vital records, including birth, death and marriage certificates, are maintained at both the county and state level.

A certified copy of a San Antonio birth certificate may be obtained from different locations, including:

  • The Bexar County Clerk’s Office - Vital Statistics Department in San Antonio, 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
  • The San Antonio Office of the City Clerk, for Bexar County birth records from 1897 and death records from 1873
  • Designated branches of the San Antonio Public Library can issue birth certificates for births occurring in San Antonio from 2005 to present (Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm):
    • Great Northwest Library, 9050 Wellwood, San Antonio, Texas
    • Las Palmas Library, 515 Castroville Rd., San Antonio, Texas
    • Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, Texas
    • Thousand Oaks Library, 4618 Thousand Oaks Dr., San Antonio, Texas

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.

How to Obtain a San Antonio, Texas Birth Certificate

Ordering an official copy of a birth certificate in San Antonio, Texas can be easily done online with little to no hassle.

Step by step instructions to order a government-issued copy of a San Antonio, Texas (TX) birth certificate:

  1. Fill out the birth certificate application form (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information, sign it, and get it notarized
  2. Mail it to one of the locations stated above with photocopies of a valid form of identification (details below) and the appropriate fees
  3. Receive a certified copy of your 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

Copies of Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by mailing your application package to one of the addresses for vital records offices in Texas detailed below.

San Antonio Birth Certificate Required Information and Identification Documents

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

  • 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 San Antonio, Texas (TX) birth certificate are required to prove their identity.

Proof of identity can be submitted by producing one of the following acceptable identification documents, alongside the San Antonio 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

San Antonio 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

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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 San Antonio, Texas (TX) that do not have any of the aforementioned credentials at hand or on file, may have other options available to prove their identity.

Please note that according to Texas Public Information Act Section 552.115 (a)(1), births that occurred in San Antonio —or the rest of Texas— within the past 75 years are considered protected records. This means that only specific individuals can apply for certified copies of a birth certificate.

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

During the restricted access period of 75 years past the filing date of a birth record, certified copies of a birth certificate can only be issued to qualified applicants, which include the following individuals:

  • The registrant —the person whose birth was recorded on the birth certificate
  • Member of the registrant’s immediate family either by blood or marriage —the registrant’s parents, children, spouse, siblings, or grandparents
  • The registrant’s guardian
  • The registrant’s legal representative or agent

Please note that original documents to prove identity, relationship, representation or legal interest _must _be produced alongside the application to qualify for a certified birth certificate to be issued in San Antonio, Texas (no photocopies nor photographs are accepted).

Both the San Antonio birth certificate application and notarized proof of identification must be submitted along with a copy of acceptable identification in order for the vital record to be issued in San Antonio, Texas. Applications without a valid form of an identification document and the notarized sworn statement can not be processed.

San Antonio, Texas Birth Certificate Types

When ordering a replacement birth certificate in San Antonio, 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 San Antonio, TX birth certificate

An authorized copy of a San Antonio, Texas birth certificate is a government-issued copy of the original document. It includes any corrections made to the birth record such as a name change.

An authorized copy can also be known as a San Antonio long-form birth certificate or certified copy of a birth certificate.

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

A long-form San Antonio 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 San Antonio, Texas birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Informational copy of a San Antonio, Texas birth certificate

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

Short-form San Antonio birth certificates or informational copies bear the following text printed across the document:

“Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”

Heirloom copy of a San Antonio birth certificate

A San Antonio, 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 meant to be used as a keepsake for framing and display.

San Antonio, Texas 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 San Antonio —or the rest of Texas— can only be issued once during a citizen's lifetime and bear the following message on the document’s face:

"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 San Antonio citizen must visit the vital records bureau in San Antonio or the rest of Texas.

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

San Antonio Birth Verification Letter

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

The information provided in a San Antonio, Texas 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 San Antonio birth certificate.

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San Antonio, Texas Birth Certificate Apostille

Citizens born in San Antonio, TX —or the rest of Texas— who need to use their birth certificate outside the United States territory will have to obtain a San Antonio birth certificate with an apostille to give the document legal validity abroad.

This can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the San Antonio, Texas Birth Certificate
  2. When applying, state "Apostille" as the reason for your birth certificate order
  3. Upon receiving the certified copy of the San Antonio, 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 San Antonio, Texas

When ordering a copy of a birth certificate in San Antonio, Texas, (TX) it is necessary to pay the appropriate issuance fee. The cost of a San Antonio birth certificate entails a filing fee of $23.

The following payment methods are available when mailing your San Antonio birth certificate application:

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check

It is good practice to request multiple copies within the same San Antonio birth certificate application form.

Extra copies can be kept on file ready for future use. Additional copies of the same San Antonio birth certificate ordered within a single application form carry a cost of $21.

Military personnel with a current deployment order are granted exemption from fees for birth certificate applications in San Antonio, or elsewhere within the state of Texas.

San Antonio, Texas Birth Certificate Processing Times

San Antonio birth certificate applications will be processed once the request is submitted alongside the entirety of the documents required, as detailed above.

Birth certificate orders placed in San Antonio, Texas are usually filled within 6 to 8 weeks.

Citizens in urgent need of a certified copy of a birth certificate in San Antonio may print out their completed birth certificate application package, sign and present it in person with the required documents and fee using the walk-in services during opening hours.

Although obtaining a San Antonio, Texas birth certificate in person usually requires waiting in line for hours at the bureau of vital statistics, this may result in same-day delivery when the document is found on record at the same office —make sure you are presenting your request at the office where the birth record was filed.

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 San Antonio City’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the county or state vital records office.

FAQs About San Antonio, Texas (TX) Birth Certificates

  • Where can I get a copy of a San Antonio, Texas Birth Certificate?

    Texas 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 San Antonio, Texas (TX)?

    To request a certified copy of a San Antonio, Texas 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.)
  • How much does a San Antonio, Texas birth certificate cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued San Antonio, Texas birth certificate has a fee of $23.00 per copy.

    It is advisable to order multiple copies of a birth certificate in San Antonio. This can be done within the same birth certificate application form. Extra copies can be kept on file for future use or for your records. Additional copies of a San Antonio birth certificate requested together carry a cost of $23.00 per document.

  • How do I change a detail on a San Antonio, Texas birth certificate?

    To correct the name on a San Antonio birth certificate:

    1. Order a certified copy of the San Antonio, 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 San Antonio 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)

    Mailing address for San Antonio birth certificate amendments:

    Texas Dept of State Health Services
    1100 W 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756
    512-458-7111 or 888-963-7111

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