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Texas Public Records

Use this page to find public records as well as local information from local county and city sources. Find information such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage and divorce decrees, adoption records, property ownership and property tax values.

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Certificate Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services handles birth and death records. Certified copies can be processed and issued in aproximately 15 business days for a fee of $22 dollars. Extra fees apply for additional services such as expedited service or heirloom certificates.

Birth and death records are considered protected records for the first 75 years which requires identification and legal right to access. Afterwards they are considered open archives and available to the public. Childrens records are only available to legal guardians or parents.

Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
Certified Copy of a Death Certificate
Verification of a Birth Certificate

Marriage licenses records are available from 1966 to present and obtained from the county clerk's office. Divorce decrees are available for those filed from 1968 to present from the district clerk's office. Each verification is also available from the Texas Vital Statistics Office for a processing fee of $20.

Verification of Marriage or Divorce

Adoption Records

The Central Adoption Registry is a voluntary database that keeps records on adoptees, adoptive parents, biological siblings and biological parents. The database allows people to search for their ancestry and family by contacting the Department of State Health Services and avoiding the court system.

Department of State Health
P.O. Box 149347
Phone: 888-963-7111 ext. 6279

Central Adoption Registry
Application Form
Application Instructions

Property Records

Property tax values, owner information, building specifications, title history and sales history are maintained on a county level. Each county has multiple appraiser districts which a local official is responsible for assigning fair value. Listed are a few of the larger county parcel applications to view public property records and sales history in order of county population.

Dallas Central Appraisal District
Tarrant Appraisal District
Bexar Appraisal District
Harris County Appraisal District
Travis Central Appraisal District
El Paso Central Appraisal District
Collin Central Appraisal District
Hidalgo County Appraisal District
Fort Bend Central Appraisal District
Montgomery Central Appraisal District
Williamson Central Appraisal District
Nueces County Appraisal District

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