The Office of Vital Records issues birth and death certificates. Birth and death records are confidential and available only to the person named on the certificate, immediate family, or legal representatives with proper documentation.
Current government-issued photo identification is required for all requests.
1. Long/Baby Form Birth Certificates – For births only in the City of Austin from 1940 to 1956, and 1961 to the present. This certificate contains personal information so it is not recommended for day-to-day business. The long-form certificate is recommended for personal records, immigration, dual citizenship, paternity issues, and passports
2. Security Size Birth Certificates – For most births in Texas from 1926 to the present. This shortened certificate contains less personal information and is recommended for day-to-day business such as driver’s licenses, jobs, school, insurance, and U.S. travel.
3. Death Certificates -- For deaths only in the City of Austin from 1940 to 1956, and 1961 to the present.
Please note: Births and deaths that occurred in suburban areas of Austin, such as the Renaissance Hospital in Bee Cave or at Bergstrom Air Force Base, are not registered with the City of Austin. Statewide Long/Baby Form Birth Certificates and Death Certificates in Texas can be ordered from the Texas Department of State Health Services.