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
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