If your birth certificate has been lost or stolen, don't panic. There are ways to quickly replace your birth certificate in Texas and ease any stressors or concerns you may be facing.
1: Get Started with Online Application Services
Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Texas birth certificate-related services, including: information on obtaining a new birth certificate, replacing a lost or stolen birth certificate and instances in life that require your birth certificate as proof of identity. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from vital records departments, you will receive a comprehensive checklist & forms packet specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.
2: Visit the DSHS
If you prefer to access additional material on birth certificates, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support regarding the necessity to obtain this vital record.
Replacing Your Texas Birth Certificate
If your Texas birth certificate has been lost, stolen or damaged beyond recognition, you need to replace your Texas birth certificate. In the event that this has happened, you will need to apply for a new birth certificate. You can do this by mailing a completed application to the Texas Department of Vital Statistics.
On the application, please provide the applicant's full name, their date and place of birth including the hospital name,
and both biological parents' names including the mother's maiden name. Just like trying to get your birth certificate in Texas for the first time, you can order one online using VitalChek. get one in person by visiting a Vital Statistics office in Texas or mail it to the Texas headquarters in Austin.
Fees to Replace Your Texas Birth Certificate
The fee to replace your Texas birth certificate is $22, just like a new birth certificate. Acceptable methods of payment vary depending on how you order the new birth certificate. If you order your Texas birth certificate online, you will have to use a major credit card.
If you mail in your application to get a Texas birth certificate, you will have to pay by check or money order.
And, if you wish to appear in person at a Texas Vital Statistics office, you can pay with cash, check, money order, or a major credit card. Note that additional certified copies of your birth certificate cost $3 when you order a new Texas birth certificate, so if you were to lose it again and you purchased a duplicate copy for $3, you would save yourself $19. So, consider ordering a duplicate to avoid paying more than you have to!
To learn more, download the new Birth Certificate License Checklist & Forms Packet to assist you with replacing your Texas birth certificate.