On October 21, 2013, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) adopted a rule amendment that waives the fees charged to obtain a certified copy of a birth record used to request an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). The birth record will be marked "For Election Identification Purposes Only." The fee waiver does not apply to nor change any other requirements to obtain a non-EIC certified certified birth record.
To qualify for the fee waiver, the individual must appear in person at the Vital Statistics Unit (VSU), a local registrar, or a county clerk.
Only the person seeing an EIC can obtain their own birth certificate. The election identification birth record can only be used to obtain an EIC, and can only be issued once during the individual's lifetime.
To request an EIC birth record, completely and accurately fill out an EIC Application for Election Identification and submit it in person along with valid identification to your local registrar's office, a remote access site, or the Department of State Health Services—Vital Statistics Unit office.
Please visit your local registrar's office, a remote access site, or the Department of State Health Services—Vital Statisitcs Unit office to obtain an EIC birth certificate.