Birth certificates are issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit. You can request a copy of your birth certificate by mail or in person at any of the DSHS Vital Statistics offices.

You may need to provide additional information before you can obtain your birth certificate. For example, if you were born outside of Texas, you must provide evidence that you are a United States citizen and that you live in Texas before proceeding with your application.

To apply for a birth certificate, you must complete an application form and submit it along with any necessary supporting documents. If you were born in Texas and don’t need to provide any additional information, you will be able to use the DSHS online application system. If not, then print out the application form and mail it along with your supporting documentation.

If you are applying for a birth certificate for someone else, you must provide proof of your authority to act on their behalf.

You can do this by providing a notarized letter of authorization or an order from the court. If you are applying for a birth certificate for someone who has died, then you must provide proof of death. This could be an obituary, funeral notices or other official documentation confirming the individual’s passing.

Once you have gathered all of the required information, you can submit it online through the DSHS website.

Texas Birth Certificate Services Can Help

If you are having issues with your Texas birth certificate request because you cannot find the original documents, need to verify your identity or have lost your birth certificate, then you may want to consider using a professional service. This is especially true if you are applying for a passport or Social Security card and need a certified copy of your birth certificate.

You can submit your application to one of the many birth certificate services available and expect to receive a certified copy within 24 hours. This service provides you with the same level of legal documents as the state, but at a higher cost.