Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services for information on how to obtain birth and death certificates, marriage records and divorce records.
To place an order, write to:
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
(888) 963-7111 or (512) 458-7111
Fax: (512) 458-7711
Make check or money order payable to Bureau of Vital Statistics. The records will be searched without the benefit of the index information but fees are not refundable, even if no record is found. Certified copies can only be requested by qualified individuals, if the birth has occurred within the last 75 years or the death has occurred within the last 25 years. Requests for certificates of births that occurred within the last 75 years and deaths within the last 25 years, must also include the full names of the subject's mother and father (including the mother's maiden name), your reason for obtaining the certificate, and your relationship to the subject.
Births – Since 1903. For births that occurred within the past 75 years, copies can be requested only by the immediate family of the person whose name is on the birth certificate.
Deaths – Since 1903. For deaths that occurred in the past 25 years, copies can be requested only by immediate family members of the deceased.
Marriages – Since 1966. Fee is for verification only. Requests for certified copies of a Marriage License should be directed to the County Clerk's Office in which the event occurred.
Divorces – Since 1968. Fee is for verification only. Requests for certified copies of a Divorce Decree should be directed to the District Clerk's Office in which the event occurred.
For genealogy research, check the:
Genealogy Collection at the State Archives Library
1201 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
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