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    Phone: 888-963-7111
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Ordering a Birth or Death Verification by Mail

  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.  You also can see VSU's page on acceptable identification in English and Spanish.

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U.S. Postal Service

Texas Birth Certificate Application (PDF)

Texas Death Certificate Application (PDF)

Mail to:

DSHS Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

$22–Birth

$20–Death

+ $5 expedited processing fee
+ $8 return delivery for Lonestar (within Texas) or Fedex (outside of Texas) or $22.95 for P.O. Box and express mail (optional)*

Check/money order payable to "DSHS Vital Statistics" Processing times for records
Expedited Service

Texas Birth Certificate Application (PDF)

Texas Death Certificate Application (PDF)

Orders must be sent via an overnight mail service, such as:

  • Fedex
  • Lonestar
  • UPS

Mail to:

Texas DSHS - Vital Statistics
MC 2096
1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756

$22–Birth
$20–Death

+ $5 expedited processing fee
+ $8 return delivery for Lonestar (within Texas) or Fedex (outside of Texas) or $22.95 for P.O. Box and express mail (optional)*

Check/money order payable to "DSHS Vital Statistics"

Processing times for records
In person

1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756

Monday–Friday
8 am–5 pm

$22 – Birth
$20 – Death

Cash

Credit/Debit Card†

Check/money order made payable to "DSHS Vital Statistics"

5-30 minutes

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

†Credit cards will require a $2.25 processing fee.

Last updated October 22, 2019