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How To Get A Texas Birth Certificate





Whether planning to get a new driver's license, replace a social security card, or register for a marriage certificate, requires you to show a birth certificate.




1. What Is A Certified Birth Certificate for? 

A certified birth certificate is a vital record that provides several critical use cases for United States citizens, much more than just telling us who we are, where and when we were born, and to whom we were born. —it's proof of identity.


Getting your replacement

However, getting a replacement birth certificate might not be so easy, depending on the state you live in. Luckily, State Vital Records is here to deliver critical information and answer questions on where you can get a Texas birth certificate copy. Keep reading to find out more.


How much will it cost to replace my Texas birth certificate?

A Texas-certified birth certificate costs $22, and using State Vital Records services incurs a small fee starting at $14 but can vary depending on the delivery method.


Who Can Receive An Authorized Copy of a Birth Certificate in Texas?

Just as each state has different requirements for obtaining a birth certificate, the same goes for accessing those vital records.


In Texas, the following people have the right to access an authorized copy of a birth certificate: 

  • The person named on the Birth Certificate
  • His/Her Immediate Family Members (by blood, marriage, or adoption) This includes:
    • Child
    • Parent/Guardian
    • Brother/Sister
    • Grandparent
    • Spouse
  • His/Her Guardian
  • Legal Agent/Representative


**Just because birth certificates are public records doesn't necessarily mean you have the authority to obtain one. 

The only way you can guarantee your right to obtaining a certified birth certificate is by being on the list above.



1. Where to obtain a birth certificate in Texas? 

The process of obtaining a certified birth certificate is different in every state.

Similar to other states, you are able to apply for a birth certificate at a local Vital Records office, by mail, or online through State Vital Records. 

In Texas, you must prove your identity using the required list of acceptable forms of identification posted here to go along with your application. 



Can I apply for a certified copy of my birth certificate online? 


State Vital Records makes the process of obtaining a certified Texas birth certificate fast and convenient with our online application. 

You no longer have to worry about sending in an incorrect application or taking time out of your busy schedule to visit your local vital records office. 

State Vital Records provide you with a quick and secure way to order your Texas birth certificate online without ever leaving your home. 

Please view our requirements list before filling out your online application.




  • Order online – Submit the form on State Vital Records through our online order form.
  • Notarization Through NotaryLive - In terms of notarization, some states require notarization of an application or a sworn statement – because of  State Vital Records' partnership with NotaryLive, a remote online notarization platform that provides fast, secure and convenient notarization 24/7. ((Note: Keep in mind there are added fees when using NotaryLive for convenient, remote online notarization.)
    • Upload Your Document
    • VerifyYour Identity
    • Connect Online With An Online Notary
    • NotaryLive Routes Your Documents to State Vital Records Automatically


  • State Vital Records – After notarization through NotaryLive,  State Vital Records will send the application to the jurisdiction. This is where the jurisdiction is responsible for the rest of the application process.
  • Jurisdiction – Will complete order and mail copy of the requested vital records to you


If you require assistance in notarizing your document, please contact [email protected]. Interested in the notarization process? Click here to learn more.


Looking to order your state vital records? Click here to make a request. Have any questions, contact us!




Frequently Asked Questions

  • What documents do I need to order a birth certificate online? 
    • Generally, you’ll need the following:
      • Proof of identity: A valid government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport)
      • Information about the individual: Full name, date of birth, and parent’s names.
      • Payment method: A credit card or debit card for the processing fee.
  • What’s the fastest way to get a copy of my birth certificate?
    • offers a convenient process to order your vital records and will send your application to the jurisdiction for you where it is processed.
  • Is it safe to order a birth certificate online? 
    • Ordering a birth certificate online from an official government website is generally safe and secure. To protect your personal information, make sure the website uses encryption (check for “https” in the URL like ). Avoid third-party websites or services that may need additional costs and are not linked with the government