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Ordering Birth Certificates by Mail

1. Obtain and complete an application for a certified copy of a birth certificate.

Copies of birth certificates for births that occurred within the past 75 years can be requested only by the immediate family of the person whose name is on the birth certificate. See Section 181.1(13) of the Texas Administrative Code for what qualifies as an immediate family member. Applicants who are not immediate family members must provide legal documentation (such as a court order establishing guardianship) that demonstrates a direct, tangible interest in the birth certificate.

2. Send the completed application and payment using one of the methods listed in the table below.

The applicant must include a photocopy of his or her valid photo ID issued by a governmental entity. See Section 181.28 of the the Texas Administrative Code for a complete list of acceptable forms of identification.  You also can see VSU's page on acceptable identification in English and Spanish.

Applications for birth certificates cannot be processed without a photo ID or alternate IDs and the signature of the applicant.

Order methods Instructions Cost Payment methods Estimated processing time
U.S. Postal Service

Texas Birth Certificate Application

Mail to:

DSHS Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

$22–Certified copy
$22-Verification
$60– Heirloom

+ $8–Return delivery for Lonestar (within Texas) or Fedex (outside of Texas)
or $22.95 for P.O. Box and express mail (optional)*

Check/money order payable to "DSHS Vital Statistics". Processing times for records
Expedited Service

Texas Birth Certificate Application

Orders must be sent via an overnight mail service, such as:

  • Fedex
  • Lonestar
  • UPS

Mail to:

Texas DSHS - Vital Statistics
MC 2096
1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756

$22–Certified copy
$22-Verification
$60– Heirloom

+ $5 expedited processing fee
+ $8–Return delivery for Lonestar (within Texas) or Fedex (outside of Texas)
or $22.95 for P.O. Box and express mail (optional)*

Check/money order payable to "DSHS Vital Statistics".

Processing times for records
In person

1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756
Monday–Friday
8 am–4 pm

$22–Certified copy
$22–Verification
$60– Heirloom

Cash
Credit/Debit Card†
Check/money order payable to "DSHS Vital Statistics"

30-60 minutes
Note: Some applications may require 24 hours or more to process.

*Additional carrier rates for Saturday and international shipping will apply.

†Credit cards will require a $2.25 processing fee.

Last updated October 22, 2019