The Vital Statistics Unit's Adoption Team works with attorneys and district clerks to process adoptions in Texas. Attorneys or district clerks in need of sample adoption-related documents may click here for our list of forms.
Note: Because each situation is different, specialists must review every application to determine its acceptability. Applicants who submit unacceptable applications will receive additional instructions, which will increase processing time.
Adult Adoptee Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate
Section 192.008(f) of the Texas Health and Safety Code states that adult adoptees who were born in Texas and subsequently adopted can obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Must be able to identify the name of each parent listed on the original birth certificate;
Must be at least 18 years old;
Must submit a copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government entity; and
If applicable, provide other legal documentation (such as copies of an official supplementary birth certificate based on the adoption; marriage certificate; divorce decree, or court-ordered name change) if the applicant's name has changed.
Complete the Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate (Word 50K) and mail it along with a copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government entity and a $10.00 check or money order payable to DSHS to:
Texas Department of State Health Services
Vital Statistics Unit — MC 1966
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
Processing time is 6–8 weeks.