March 20, 2006
Birth and death certificates can be ordered online, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced today.
Previously, the certificates could be requested only by mail, fax or by visiting the DSHS vital records unit in Austin or one of the 490 local registrars' offices throughout the state.
Certificates may be ordered online at www.texasonline.com.
DSHS Chief Operating Officer Randy Fritz said, “Customers needing copies of birth or death certificates should find the speed and convenience of the new online ordering system a real timesaver.”
He clarified that while certificates can be ordered online, they cannot be downloaded or printed.
Online ordering of a birth certificate for a birth that occurred in the last 75 years is limited to the individual for whom a birth certificate is requested and to the mother or father of that individual.
Online ordering of death certificates for deaths that occurred within the last 25 years is limited to the surviving spouse, a parent of the deceased and to certain funeral directors.
Verfication of any birth, death, marriage or divorce -- regardless of date -- also is available online.
Forms for ordering by mail can be downloaded from the DSHS Web site, www.dshs.state.tx.us.
TexasOnline.com is the official eGovernment Web site for the State of Texas.
(News Media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)