A birth certificate is a crucial document for any person to have in his or her possession, as it if the first form of valid identification an American can obtain. If you are a Texas resident, you can order your own birth record through the state, or you can get a birth record of an immediate family member. To make the process convenient for you, the Texas Department of State Health Services makes it easy for individuals to get vital records, including a birth certificate, online.
The state of Texas allows residents to request a birth certificate in one of three ways: online, in person or by mail. Read on to find out about the option that is best for you.
In order to get a Texas birth certificate online, you will need to visit the state’s Department of Health Services website to make your request. Bear in mind that you will need to have a credit card readily available to submit payment since no cash is accepted. If you are ordering a birth certificate for yourself, you will need to enter your full legal name (first, middle and last). If you are requesting the birth certificate of another individual, you must be an immediate family member to proceed with the process. Once you have submitted your request, allow up to 15 business days to receive the birth certificate in the mail.
Note: No overnight or next-day deliveries can be made when a birth certificate is ordered online through the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
There are various state agencies throughout Texas that are legally authorized to provide birth certificates. Contact the TX Department of State Health Services for information about a location near you and the hours of operation. Many agencies allow individuals to order a number of vital records, not just limited to birth certificates.
If you would like to submit your request for a birth certificate via mail, you must follow a simple step-by-step process that will allow you to obtain a certified copy.
Take note that only an immediate family member can get a certified copy. If you are not an immediate family member, you will need to provide official proof that shows a direct, tangible interest for your Texas birth certificate request. Acceptable documentation includes a court order that confirms a person’s guardianship of the individual listed on the birth certificate, for example.
Once you have met the aforementioned requirements, complete the appropriate application from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and include a copy of your drivers license in your mailing package. You will also need to make payment via check or money order, payable to DSHS.
Send your items to the address listed on the application, and allow up to eight weeks for delivery. In order to receive expedited service, you will need to submit your request to the TX Department of State Health Services – Vital Statistics Unit and be ready to pay any additional fees. You can expect to receive your birth certificate within 10 to 15 business days with this type of service.