Birth and Death Amendments

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To add or change the father on a birth certificate, see the Paternity and Parentage page.

Every application must be reviewed by a specialist to determine its acceptability.  Applicants with unacceptable applications will be contacted with additional instructions, which will increase the processing time.  Add 10-12 weeks to the processing time if the birth or death has occurred within the last 6 months.

Send the completed application to Texas Vital Statistics, via one of the two methods in the table below.  Include the required documentation (listed on the back the form) and the correct fee amount. 

For frequently asked questions, visit the Amendments: Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

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

Application methods

Instructions

Cost

Payment methods

Estimated processing time

Expedited/Overnight Service


Form VS-170

Form VS-172

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

  • Fedex
  • Lonestar
  • UPS
  • USPS Express Mail

Do not send via USPS Priority or Certified Mail.

Expedited service is not available on death certificates for deaths that occurred in the last 90 days.

$15–amendment fee

+ $5 expedited processing fee

+ $8 return delivery for Lonestar or $19.95 express mail*

+ $22 for one certified copy of the amended birth record, or $20 for one certified copy of the amended death record (optional)

Check

Money order

10–15 business days

Note: Incomplete or unacceptable applications will require additional processing time.
U.S. Postal Service

Form VS-170

Form VS-172

$15–amendment fee

+ $22 for one certified copy of the amended birth record, or $20 for one certified copy of the amended death record (optional)

Check

Money order
6–8 weeks

*The cost of overnight delivery to most U.S. locations is $8.00. Additional fees will be added if the certificates need to be mailed/delivered outside the continental U.S or if additional services are needed, such as Saturday delivery or delivery before 8:00 AM. The cost of express mail delivery to a post office box, Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. territories, or U.S. commonwealths is $19.95. The cost of Priority Mail delivery to a military address is $4.95. These delivery methods offer security and tracking capabilities that are not available with regular mail.

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Last updated January 21, 2014