Vital Statistics maintains birth records for the state of Texas. A birth record is a vital document that records a person's birth. Vital Statistics issues certified copies of birth certificates ( long form, short form, heirloom, or for election identification) or birth verifications. You can work with Vital Statistics to order certified copies of or make changes to birth records.
Birth Record FAQs
The fastest, easiest way to get a birth certificate or verification is to order online at Texas.gov.
As long as you meet the requirements, ordering online is easy.
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Other Ways to Order
If you are unable to order online, you can order records by mail or in person.
Before mailing your application or arriving to an office in person, be sure you meet the requirements to order a birth record.
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Mail-in orders can be processed with standard or expedited service. Be sure to send your application packet to the correct address.
In-Person: Local Offices
Find out where you can order birth records near you. Contact your local office for hours.
Order Records Locally
In-Person: Austin Office
Ordering in-person at the Vital Statistics headquarters is limited to our office hours. In-person services are available only for issuance of certified copies of birth and death records, and issuance of verifications of birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.
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In most cases, you will get your record the same day, but some applications require 24 hours or more to process.
Make Changes or Corrections
Please submit changes or corrections to birth records by mail.
Before mailing your application be sure you meet the requirements to change a birth record.