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Adoption and Adult Adoptee Information

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 corrected 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.

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 view 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.


Last updated September 20, 2018