Do you need to know how to get a copy of your birth certificate from Texas, or maybe want to know more about how important a birth certificate or your birth records are? We've collected information to help you learn more, and even where to go to download an application to apply for a Texas birth certificate.
If you're getting a new birth certificate, you'll need to know who to contact and what to bring. Read more
Obtaining a Duplicate Texas Birth Certificate
If you would like an additional copy of an original birth certificate, you can easily get one. Read more
Getting a TX Birth Certificate as a Nonresident
If you were born outside of the U.S. but want a record of your birth, we'll show you what you need to do. Read more
Replacing a Birth Certificate in Texas
If your birth certificate has been lost or stolen, you will need to obtain a new one. Read more
Do I Really Need a TX Birth Certificate?
A birth certificate is not an absolute necessity but it really is tremendously useful. Not having one is really more of a burden. For more information, Read more
We've put together a Texas Birth Certificates Checklist and Forms Packet to assist you with the Texas vital
records process, as well as offer you helpful information on a myriad of birth certificate-related topics.
Click here to access the Birth Certificate Checklist and Forms Packet.
- If you are getting a birth certificate for your child, wait no longer than 10 months after his or her birth to do so.
- If you are getting a birth certificate for yourself, make sure you have all the required documents before visiting an office.
- Keep your birth certificate in a safe and secure place.
- If you were born outside of the U.S. remember that you will not need a U.S. birth certificate but a consular report of birth abroad.
- Make an appointment ahead of time to expedite the process.
- Order an official birth certificate online using VitalChek®
- Review the application for a birth certificate so that you know what information they will ask for.
- Never share any information on your birth certificate with anyone else.
- If you need to replace your birth certificate because it has been lost or stolen, be sure to include a copy of a photo ID you have.
- Do not mistake the birth record, given to you by the hospital where your child is born, as the birth certificate. A birth certificate is a much more authoritative credential.