The Office of Vital Records issues birth and death certificates. Birth records are confidential and available only to the person named on the record, immediate family, or legal representatives with appropriate documentation.
NOTE: Our offices will be closed on Thursday, December 8. We will reopen at 8am on Friday, December 9.
Current government-issued photo identification is required for all requests.
How To Order a Birth Certificate
There are four ways to get a certificate:
Online - Receive in 1 to 5 business days
Phone - Receive in 1 - 5 business days
By mail - Receive in 2 to 3 weeks
Walk-in - Receive in 15 minutes. Note that our office is usually busiest between 11 am – 2 pm. Customers should expect longer wait times during those hours.
Cost – Birth Certificates cost $23 for each copy, with additional processing and shipping fees for internet orders and phone orders.
The name on the record being requested.
Date of birth
Father's full name.
Mother's full maiden name.
Name of the county and city where the birth occurred.
Requestor's name, address, and daytime telephone number.
Requestor's relationship with the person whose record is being requested.
An explanation of why the certificate is needed.
Current government-issued identification of the requestor
Types of Birth Certificates
Long/Baby Form – Available for births within the City of Austin only from 1940 to 1956 and 1961 to present. This certificate contains personal information so is not recommended for day-to-day business. It is recommended for personal records, immigration, dual citizenship, paternity issues, and passports.
Security Size – Available for most births in Texas. It contains less personal information and is recommended for day-to-day business such as driver’s licenses, employment, school, insurance, and U.S. travel.