If you’re looking to get a birth certificate in Texas, there are several steps you need to take. This guide will walk you through the process, from how to get your original copy to how to request a copy of your own birth certificate.
How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate in Texas
If you already have your original birth certificate and want to request an additional copy of it, follow these steps:
Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website and click on the “Request a Birth Certificate” link.
Choose one of three options: “Reapply by Mail,” “Reapply Online” or “Reapply at a Local Vital Records Office.” If you choose to apply online or at a local office, select “Continue” after selecting your choice. If you choose the mail application method, select “Continue” after completing all fields on the form.
Fill in all required fields on the online application form or print out the paper application form and fill it out by hand before sending it off with payment via certified mail.
Select your payment method and complete the form. If you choose to pay by credit card, select “Continue” after completing all required fields on the online application form or print out the paper application form and fill it out by hand before submitting it along with your payment via certified mail.
Are There Any Birth Certificate Expedited Services in Texas?
Yes, you can get your birth certificate from Texas as quickly as 24 hours after ordering if you need it for an emergency situation. If you are not in a rush and have time to wait, the normal processing time is three weeks.
If your situation is urgent, you can get a birth certificate expedited in Texas by filling out the online application or print out and complete an application form by hand. You will need to provide proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or passport photo ID, to verify that you are who you say you are.