Texas Birth & Death Vital Records

Texas birth death recordsState Bird: Mockingbird (Northern Mockingbird)
State Flower: Bluebonnet
State Name Language of Origin: Caddo via Spanish
State Name Meaning: Friend
Admission to Union: December 29, 1845
Source: Wikipedia

Statewide recording of Texas vital records did not begin until 1903. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Vital Statistics Division, maintains copies of all birth and death records, with the originals housed at the county level. Texas birth records are protected for 75 years and Texas death records are protected for 25 years; certified copies are provided only to family members, but verification letters (containing name, date, county and file number) are available to anyone. The copies/letters can be requested in person, by mail, or online through TexasOnline, Texas' official eGovernment website. Statewide birth indexes for 1903-1976 are microfilmed at the Texas State Library, and death indexes for 1903-1973; the Library will perform searches. Limited historical records are available at county clerks' offices and are included in the "Early Texas Birth Records, 1838-1878" book. Records dating to 1836 are available through genealogical societies and the Texas State Library.

For more information on Texas vital records, visit Texas Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

Texas Vital Records Offices


Record Type: Birth Certificates
Department of State Health Svcs
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
Phone: 512-758-7366
Fax: 512-758-7711
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Record Access Requirements: Must have a signed, notarized release from person of record or immediate family member and name and address of requester for records less than 75 years old. Otherwise a Verification of Birth is issued.
Search Note: Must send a copy of requester's photo ID or show a photo ID for in-person searches.

Records Available: Death Records
Department of State Health Svcs
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
Phone: 512-758-7366
Fax: 512-758-7711
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Record Access Requirements: Must have a signed release from immediate family member and requester's name and current address for records less than 25 years old. Otherwise a Verification of Death is issued.
Note: One must include a copy of requesters' photo ID or show a photo ID for in person requests.

Records Available: State Archives
Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927
Phone: 512-463-5455
Fax: 512-463-5430
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM, Genealogy 8-5 TU-SA

Texas County Birth & Death Vital Records

Anderson County
Andrews County
Angelina County
Aransas County
Archer County
Armstrong County
Atascosa County
Austin County
Bailey County
Bandera County
Bastrop County
Baylor County
Bee County
Bell County
Bexar County
Blanco County
Borden County
Bosque County
Bowie County
Brazoria County
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Brewster County
Briscoe County
Brooks County
Brown County
Burleson County
Burnet County
Caldwell County
Calhoun County
Callahan County
Cameron County
Camp County
Carson County
Cass County
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Chambers County
Cherokee County
Childress County
Clay County
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Coleman County
Collin County
Collingsworth County
Colorado County
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Concho County
Cooke County
Coryell County
Cottle County
Crane County
Crockett County
Crosby County
Culberson County
Dallam County
Dallas County
Dawson County
Deaf Smith County
Delta County
Denton County
DeWitt County
Dickens County
Dimmit County
Donley County
Duval County
Eastland County
Ector County
Edwards County
Ellis County
El Paso County
Erath County
Falls County
Fannin County
Fayette County
Fisher County
Floyd County
Foard County
Fort Bend County
Franklin County
Freestone County
Frio County
Gaines County
Galveston County
Garza County
Gillespie County
Glasscock County
Goliad County
Gonzales County
Gray County
Grayson County
Gregg County
Grimes County
Guadalupe County
Hale County
Hall County
Hamilton County
Hardeman County
Hardin County
Harris County
Harrison County
Hartley County
Haskell County
Hays County
Hemphill County
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Hill County
Hockley County
Hood County
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Houston County
Howard County
Hudspeth County
Hunt County
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Irion County
Jack County
Jackson County
Jasper County
Jeff Davis County
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Jim Hogg County
Jim Wells County
Johnson County
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Karnes County
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Kenedy County
Kent County
Kerr County
Kimble County
King County
Kinney County
Kleberg County
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Martin County
Mason County
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Maverick County
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Menard County
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Mills County
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Montague County
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Newton County
Nolan County
Nueces County
Ochiltree County
Oldham County
Orange County
Palo Pinto County
Panola County
Parker County
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Polk County
Potter County
Presidio County
Rains County
Randall County
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Refugio County
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Rusk County
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Terrell County
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Titus County
Tom Green County
Travis County
Trinity County
Tyler County
Upshur County
Upton County
Uvalde County
Val Verde County
Van Zandt County
Victoria County
Walker County
Waller County
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Washington County
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Winkler County
Wise County
Wood County
Young County
Zapata County
Zavala County

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