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Birth & Death Records

Birth Records

Birth records are closed for 75 years and are restricted by law as to who may obtain a copy. Only properly qualified applicants will be issued a birth certificate with the proper application, ID, and fees. 

- The fee for a Birth Certificate is $23.00 per Certified Copy. 

Death Records

Death records are closed for 25 years and are restricted by law as to who may obtain a copy. Only properly qualified applicants will be issued a death certificate with the proper application, ID, and fees.

- The fee for a Death Certificate is $21.00 for the first Certified Copy and $4.00 for each additional Certified Copy.

Application

You may fill out and submit an Application for Birth or Death records by mail or in person. Valid ID and payment are required in order for the Certificate to be issued. Effective September 1, 2015, all mail in applications will require a notarized statement. 

Birth & Death Application

Properly Qualified Applicant

The registrant or immediate family member (father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, husband, or wife) by blood, marriage or adoption; guardian, legal agent or representative, local, state and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record. 

ID Requirements

Primary Acceptable Identification

  • Driver's license from a U.S. state
  • Federal or state ID card
  • Military ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • License to Carry a Handgun
  • Pilot's license
  • Law enforcement employment ID (federal, state, or city)
  • Offender ID issued by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or an ID from a federal or U.S. state correctional facility or institution
  • Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued:
  •   Employment Authorization Documents (EAD)
  •   Permanent Resident Card (green Card)
  •   Travel Documents
  •   Re-entry permit
  •   Refugee travel document
  •   Advance parole
  •   SENTRI card
  •   U.S. citizen ID card
  •  U.S. Department of State issued:
  •   Border Crossing Card (BCC) - B1 for business or pleasure or B2 medical purposes
  •   Visa

If you do not have one of the above acceptable IDs, please visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vs/reqproc/Acceptable-IDs/ for a list of other acceptable IDs.