How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Texas
Various times throughout our lives we need to verify our identity and age, and a certified copy of your birth certificate does just that. A birth certificate can be used for many purposes such as applying to school, getting a driver’s license or even military clearance.
If you were born in Texas, you could get a copy of your birth certificate pretty quickly by following the steps below.
Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit handles birth certificate requests, and they do not offer a website where you can search for them publicly. However, you can order them through an online system (below) through the mail, or in person.
First, you will need a copy of their application form. You must be one of the following people to access your birth record:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your parents or guardian.
- Your spouse.
- Your children.
- Your siblings.
- Your grandparents.
If you want to obtain your copy in person, just bring your application, along with photo ID and the fees, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to:
1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756
You must have at least the following information to complete the application:
- Full name on the record.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Parent’s full names including maiden names.
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number.
- Your email address.
- Your relationship to the person on the record.
- Your signature.
You will have to pay a $22 non-refundable fee for each certified copy. You can pay $60 for an heirloom copy, and if you want expedited service, you can pay an additional $5. You can pay with cash if you visit in person. Otherwise, you must pay with a check or money order
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.