Whether you need to obtain a copy of a birth certificate or a marriage license, the state of Texas makes it convenient to do so through the appropriate agencies. It is important to have these important documents on hand, in the event that you are required to present proof of identity for any particular circumstance. Read on to learn more about the vital records you can request in Texas.
If you are in the process of getting a birth certificate, you can send your request to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state department issues both certified copies of birth certificates, as well as birth verifications. To get started, you will need to select the method in which you would like to submit your request: online or by mail.
For orders that are made online, take note that you are only allowed to request your own birth certificate or that of an immediate family member. It may take up to 15 business days for your request to be processed. If you would like to send your request by mail, you will need to send the appropriate documentation, such as the copy of your current Texas drivers license, to the address below:
Texas Vital Records Department of State Health Services P.O. Box 12040 Austin, TX 78711-2040
If you do not have a photo ID, an alternate option is to then send a copy of the photo identification of an immediate family member instead. In addition to this requirement, make sure to attach the proper application, along with payment for any necessary fees.
If your soon-to-be-spouse and you are preparing yourselves for wedding bliss, you will first need to make your marriage official through a county clerk in your area. The requirements may differ, depending on the county in which you reside. However, several counties require both parties to apply for a marriage license 30 days before their wedding. You will be required to appear before the county clerk with proof of identity and age, as well as your Social Security Number (if applicable).
The cost of a marriage license also differs, and in some cases, payment is only accepted in cash. Take note that the proof of identity you choose to present must be in its original form. Photocopies will be turned away, and thus you will be required to return to the county clerk at a later date if you do not have an original or certified version with you. For more information, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
Citizens who need to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate are encouraged to do so through the Texas Department of State Health Services. There are currently two available options to submit your request: online or by mail.
Keep in mind that Texas residents can only request a death record of an immediate family member. If you are a non-resident, you must be the surviving spouse of the deceased, the surviving parent or the funeral director listed on the record. Allow up to 15 business days for your request to be processed. To order by mail, send your request to the aforementioned address.