Ordering a Birth or Death Verification by Mail

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1.  Complete an application for a birth or death verification letter.  See the table below for details

2.  Send the completed application and payment using one of the methods listed in the table below.

The applicant must include a photocopy of his or her valid photo ID issued by a governmental entity.  See the Texas Administrative Code for a complete list of acceptable forms of identification.

Processing times are estimates. Please make checks or money orders payable to DSHS.

Order methods

Instructions

Cost

Payment methods

Estimated processing time

In person

Visit our office:

1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756
Monday–Friday
8 am–5 pm

$22–Birth

$20–Death

Cash

Check

Credit/Debit Card+

Money order

5–30 minutes

Expedited Service


Application–pdf (28K)

Orders must be sent to the Vital Statistics Unit Department of State Health Services via an overnight mail service, such as:

  • Fedex
  • Lonestar
  • UPS

Do not send via USPS Priority Mail.

$22–Birth

$20–Death

+ $5 expedited processing fee

+ $8 return delivery for Lonestar (within Texas) or Fedex (outside of Texas) or $19.95 for P.O. Box and express mail (optional)*

Check

Money order

10–15 business days

Note: Incomplete or unacceptable applications will require additional processing time.
U.S. Postal Service Application–pdf (28K)

$22–Birth

$20–Death

+ $5 expedited processing fee

+ $8 return delivery for Lonestar (within Texas) or Fedex (outside of Texas) or $19.95 for P.O. Box and express mail (optional)*

Check

Money order
6–8 weeks

*Additional carrier rates for Saturday and international shipping will apply.

+Credit cards will require a $2.25 processing fee.

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Last updated February 26, 2014