Texas Vital Records
Online Processing

Please Note:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, birth and death certificate orders may be delayed. Please check your status page frequently, as delivery times may fluctuate in response to any new developments. Thank you for your patience, and please Click Here for updated information regarding COVID-19.

What would you like to order?

Birth Certificate

Death Certificate

Certificates are official, raised seal long form certificates issued by the state.

They are accepted by all state and federal agencies.

There are three ways to order a vital record:

1.  Online

  1. Fill out the online order form found here
  2. If you have not supplied all the supporting documentation after checkout, please do so by clicking here

2.  By mail

  1. Print and fill out the necessary form(s) which can be found here
  2. Mail the form(s) to the appropriate vital statistics unit, which will be listed on the application form, along with your payment (check or money order)
    If you have questions regarding this method, please click here

3.  In person

  1. Visit a branch (click here to find the location nearest you)
  2. Bring an acceptable form of identification
  3. Pay the fee (cash, check, money order, credit or debit)

Please note that if the individual listed on the certificate is 75 years or older, you need only supply the correct information. If the individual is under 75 years of age, you must provide:

  • The correct information (as it is listed on the certificate)
  • Proof of your relationship to the person named on the certificate (if you are not ordering for yourself)
  • Acceptable identification proving your identity
  • A notarized authorization form (not required for requests made in person)


  • Birth: $22 (additional copies are $35 each)
  • Death: $20 (additional copies are $5 each)

Our transaction fee starts at $14, but may vary depending on the delivery method.

Identification is required to establish proof of the requestor’s identity to ensure that they are qualified to obtain the record.The requestor must be able to provide identification in accordance with one of the following options:

  • One item from Group A (Primary Identification);

  • Two items from Group B (Secondary Identification);

  • OR
  • One item from Group B and two items from Group C (Supporting Identification)

Group A (Primary Identification)- Submit a legible photocopy of ONE form of ID listed below (must be current, valid, and confirm the requestor’s name and photo):

  1. State-issued driver’s license
  2. Federal or State ID card
  3. United States Passport (top page and bottom page in one image)
  4. Military Identification card
  5. Concealed Handgun License
  6. Pilot’s License
  7. Federal, State or City Law Enforcement employment ID card, or employment badge accompanied by employment ID card
  8. Offender ID card issued by the Department of Criminal Justice correctional facility or institution
  9. Any of the following items issued by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
    1. Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
    2. Permanent Resident Card (green card)- front and back
    3. Travel documents:
      1. Re-entry Permit
      2. Refugee Travel Permit
      3. Advance Parole
  10. Either of the following items issued by the United States Department of State:
    1. Border Crossing Card (B1 for business or pleasure; B2 for medical purposes)
    2. Visa


Group B (Secondary Identification)- Submit legible photocopies of TWO of the photo IDs listed below (the combination of items must confirm the requestor’s name, signature, or provide an identifiable photo of the applicant):

  1. Any expired Primary ID
  2. Current student ID
  3. Signed Social Security card or Numident
  4. DD Form of 214 Certificate of Release
  5. Medicaid or Medicare card
  6. Veteran’s Affairs card
  7. Medical insurance card
  8. Foreign passport accompanied by a Visa issued by the United States Department of State
  9. Foreign passport in accordance with the United States Department of State Visa Waiver Program
  10. Certified birth certificate from the Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350, or FS-545)
  11. Private company employment ID card
  12. Form I-94 accompanied by the requestor’s Visa or passport
  13. Mexican Voter Registration card
  14. Foreign identification with an identifiable photo of the requestor (Matrícula Consular is not accepted)


Group C (Supporting Identification)- Submit TWO with ONE item from Group B

  1. Expired Secondary ID from Group B
  2. Recent utility bill with current address
  3. Recent paycheck stub
  4. Public assistance applications or letters
  5. Signed, valid voter's registration card
  6. Police report of stolen identification
  7. Official school transcript
  8. Bank account statement
  9. Social Security letter
  10. Marriage license
  11. Divorce decree
  12. Certified birth certificate from the Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350, or FS-545), state other than Texas, District of Columbia or other country
  13. Automobile insurance card or contract
  14. Lease agreement
  15. Loan or installment payment contract
  16. Promissory notes or loan contracts
  17. Court order
  18. Property titles or liens
  19. Automobile titles
  20. Library card
  21. Fishing or hunting license
  22. Recent medical records or bills
  23. Auto registration
  24. Religious records with the signature of a religious official
  25. Recent rent receipt with address and name
  26. Recent cell phone bill or contract
  27. Federal, state, or local tax records
  28. Department of Homeland Security notices or correspondence

Relationships are based on familial connections or marriage. There are no age restrictions. The following can order a birth certificate:

  • Self
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Grandparent
  • Legal guardian or representative (must be able to provide legal documentation supporting the relationship)

The following can order a death certificate:

  • Parent
  • Child
  • Surviving Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Grandparent
  • Legal guardian or representative; beneficiary of funds, closing or cancelling accounts (must be able to provide legal documentation supporting the relationship)
Please note:

Due to the ongoing disruption related to COVID-19, orders will be delayed. The situation is rapidly evolving; therefore, we are not able to provide any definitive delivery estimates at this time. As staff and resources permit, orders will be processed in the order in which they were received and based on delivery type. We apologize for the inconvenience, but very much appreciate your patience. For more information, please Click Here.

  • Notarized Authorization Form (for orders made online and by mail) - click here