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Birth and Death Amendments

To add or change the father on a birth certificate, see the Paternity and Parentage page.

Every application must be reviewed by a specialist to determine its acceptability.  Applicants with unacceptable applications will be contacted with additional instructions, which will increase the processing time.  Add 10-12 weeks to the processing time if the birth or death has occurred within the last 6 months.

Send the completed application to Texas Vital Statistics, via one of the two methods in the table below.  Include the required documentation (listed on the back the form) and the correct fee amount. 

For frequently asked questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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

Amend a birth record: Form VS-170 (PDF)

Amend a death record: Form VS-172 (PDF)

Mail to:

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

$15–amendment fee
+ $22 for one certified copy of the amended birth record, or $20 for one certified copy of the amended death record (optional)

Check/money order payable to DSHS Vital Statistics. Processing times for records
Expedited Service Amend a birth record: Form VS-170 (PDF)

Amend a death record: Form VS-172 (PDF)

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

$15–amendment fee
+ $5 expedited processing fee
+ $8 return delivery for Lonestar or $22.95 express mail*

+ $22 for one certified copy of the amended birth record, or $20 for one certified copy of the amended death record (optional)

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

*The cost of overnight delivery to most U.S. locations is $8.00. Additional fees will be added if the certificates need to be mailed/delivered outside the continental U.S or if additional services are needed, such as Saturday delivery or delivery before 8:00 AM. The cost of express mail delivery to a post office box, Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. territories, or U.S. commonwealths is $19.95. The cost of Priority Mail delivery to a military address is $4.95. These delivery methods offer security and tracking capabilities that are not available with regular mail.

Last updated October 22, 2019