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Important Notice

With an increasing volume of customer orders for certified copies of vital records and changes to birth and death records, we are experiencing longer processing times, as well as longer hold times for our call center. For Texas.gov online orders, processing times average 2 months. For all other orders, processing times average 3-4 months. Please email VRStatus@dshs.texas.gov for status updates on current orders.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Revisions to Forms for Requesting Texas Birth and Death Certificates and Corrections



Order birth certificates, death certificates, and birth, death, marriage, and divorce verification letters through Texas.gov, the official eGovernment site for the State of Texas, for fast, affordable service.

Announcement of change in policy for expedited processing times

Effective May 1, 2018, the turnaround time for expedited applications is 20-25 business days.  This change impacts expedited requests for changes to Birth and Death records (including adoption and paternity amendments to birth records), and certified copies of Birth and Death records.  

This change is in response to an increasingly large volume of requests for expedited processing of applications, and it reflects the current capacity of the Vital Statistics Section to properly review and process your application.  The change allows the Vital Statistics Section to improve processing times for all applications, resulting from the high volume of requests.

Vital Statistics Forms

Birth Certificate for Election Identification

Qualified Applicant/Proper Identification Requirements

Birth Certificate ID Requirements in Texas Poster (English)
Birth Certificate ID Requirements in Texas Brochure (English)
Requisitos de identificación para las actas de nacimiento en Texas Poster (Spanish)
Requisitos de identificación para las actas de nacimiento en Texas Brochure(Spanish)

Video about Acceptable Forms of ID for a Birth Certificate
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UPDATED – Revised Polices in Response to Supreme Court Ruling

DSHS is implementing revised policies and will also amend certain vital events forms and records in response to the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell and the July 7, 2015, U.S. District Court ruling in DeLeon. The revised policies have been updated (as of August 24, 2015). Click here for additional information.


Services Provided by the Vital Statistics Unit



Certified Birth Certificate

Certified Death Certificate

Birth/Death Verification

Birth/Death Amendments

Heirloom Birth Certificates


Delayed Birth Record Registration

Disinterment Permit

Frequently Asked Questions



Marriage/Divorce Verification

Heirloom Wedding Anniversary Certificate

Marriage/Divorce Indexes

Frequently Asked Questions



Adoption and Adoptee Information

Adoption forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Adoptee/Birth Relative Reunion Registry (CAR)



Notice of Intent to Claim Paternity - Paternity Registry

New birth certificate based on parentage

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated October 2, 2019