Tarrant County, Texas (TX) Birth Certificate Online

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Tarrant County, TX Birth Certificate Replacement

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

  • Get married, change their name
  • Obtain different forms of government-issued IDs such as a passport, social security card, or others
  • Enroll in school or university, sports activities, and much more

Tarrant County citizens whose birth certificate got lost, or was stolen, misplaced, or destroyed will need to obtain a Texas birth certificate replacement.

The most convenient way to get a government-issued copy of a Tarrant County, TX birth certificate is to complete the form online, thus saving applicants long hours waiting in line at a vital records office.

Applying for a Tarrant 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 Tarrant County birth certificate application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your Texas vital record at home.

In the State of Texas, records of life events are kept under governmental authority and can only be obtained by eligible citizens (full list below).

The simplest way to obtain a Tarrant County birth certificate copy is to fill out the form online and post it to the Texas DSHS. Once issued, your official Tarrant County birth certificate copy will be sent to your preferred address (as printed on your prepaid self-addressed envelope).

Citizens who prefer to have their orders filled at the county level may do so as well. Certified copies of most birth and death records from Tarrant County can be issued by the City of Fort Worth’s Vital Records Office, Tarrant County Vital Records Office or the Texas Vital Statistics Office.

Birth or death records occurred in Arlington from 1971 to the present, or Grapevine from 1973 to the present can only be issued in short form when ordered from Tarrant County Vital Records Office. If this is your case, either send your application to the DSHS at the state level or see addresses below and send your request to the appropriate City Hall to obtain a long-form certified copy.

Unless you are mailing your application package to the DSHS directly, make sure to send your birth certificate application form to the vital records bureau where the birth was registered in order to obtain a full birth certificate.

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 Tarrant County Birth Certificate

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

To order an authorized copy of a Tarrant County (TX) birth certificate, just fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required documents, issue a sworn statement, and mail your envelope to the Texas Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

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

Alternatively, copies of Birth and Death Certificates may also be ordered from the Tarrant County Clerk by mailing your application package to the following address:

Tarrant County Plaza Building
200 Taylor Street--3rd Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

To get a certified copy of a Tarrant 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

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 Tarrant County birth certificate application form and follow our personalized instructions.

Tarrant County Birth Certificate Required Documents

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

This can be done by providing one of the following acceptable identification documents, alongside your Tarrant County 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

Tarrant 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

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

  • 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

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

Who can order a certified copy of a Tarrant County birth certificate?

Tarrant 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 Tarrant County birth certificate can only order:

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

Tarrant County Birth Certificate Types

When ordering a birth certificate replacement from Tarrant 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 Tarrant County, TX birth certificate

An authorized copy of a Tarrant County birth certificate is a government-issued copy of the original document. It includes any corrections made to the birth record such as name changes. It is also known as a long-form birth certificate, full birth certificate, or certified copy of a Tarrant 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 Tarrant 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 Tarrant County birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Informational copy of a Tarrant County birth certificate

An informational copy of a Tarrant 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 Tarrant 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 Tarrant County birth certificate

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

Tarrant 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 Tarrant 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 Tarrant County citizen must visit the Tarrant 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 Tarrant County, Texas from 1903, you may apply for a Tarrant County birth verification letter. This document will state whether a record of birth for the citizen is on file.

The information provided in a Tarrant 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 Tarrant County birth certificate.

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Tarrant County, Texas Birth Certificate Apostille

Texans born in Tarrant County who need to use their birth certificate abroad will have to get an apostille for their Tarrant County birth certificate to provide it with legal validity outside the United States territory.

An Apostille for a Tarrant County birth certificate can be obtained by:

  1. Ordering a certified copy of the Tarrant 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 Tarrant 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 Tarrant County, Texas

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

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

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier check

The filing fee of each certified copy of a birth certificate in Tarrant County, Texas varies depending on whether you post your application to the state office or the county office.

Tarrant County birth certificate copies issued by the Texas DSHS carry a fee of $22. Certified copies of a Tarrant County birth certificate issued by the Tarrant County Clerk’s Office carry a fee of $21. Make sure to provide the correct fees wherever you choose to mail your application package.

It is advisable to order more than one copy within the same Tarrant County birth certificate application form. Additional copies can be kept on file ready for future use. Extra copies of the same Tarrant County birth certificate ordered within a single application form carry the same cost as the first copy.

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

Tarrant County, Texas Birth Certificate Processing Times

Your order will be processed after you complete the Tarrant County, TX birth certificate application, and mail it with the appropriate payment and documentation.

Birth certificate orders in Tarrant County, Texas are generally filled within 4 to 6 weeks.

Tarrant 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 Tarrant County Clerk’s office during its office hours. Make sure to provide the correct fees since these may vary from one office to the next.

Although this usually requires waiting in line, 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 Tarrant County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

FAQs About Tarrant County, (TX) Birth Certificates

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

    To get a copy of a birth certificate in Tarrant County:

    • The certificate holder must be a Texas-born citizen
    • Fill out the TX online birth certificate application form (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 revised, print, sign and post the Tarrant County birth certificate application form with the fee and photocopies of the chosen ID (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 Tarrant County, Texas (TX)?

    To request a certified copy of a Tarrant 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.)
  • How much does a Tarrant County, Texas birth certificate replacement cost?

    Each official copy of a Tarrant County, Texas birth certificate carries a fee of $23.00 per copy when issued by the Texas DSHS. Copies issued by the Tarrant County Clerk’s Office carry a fee of $21.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Tarrant County birth certificate within the same form to keep on file ready for future use. Extra copies of a birth certificate requested within the same order form carry the same cost as the first document.

  • How do I correct a misspelled name on my Tarrant County birth certificate?

    To correct the name on a Tarrant County birth certificate:

    1. Order a certified copy of the Tarrant 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 Tarrant County birth certificate can be requested through the Texas Department of State Health Services (address below)
    4. Pay fees
    5. Request a certified copy of the newly-amended birth certificate (applying online is the most convenient)

    Mailing address for Tarrant County birth certificate name changes:

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

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