The Office of Vital Records registers births and deaths that occur within the city limits of Austin. Birth and death records are confidential and certificates are available only to the person named on the certificate, immediate family, or legal representatives with proper documentation.

The City is working to modify our operations and staffing due to COVID-19. The City’s goal is to maintain the health and safety of City employees and the community at large, while providing City services and maintaining social distancing. 

As of March 17, 2020, the Office of Vital Records is closed to the public. Staff will be operating alternative service models for delivering food, online assistance, and distributing benefits. We are continuing to process mail-in, online, and phone orders at this time.

Current government-issued photo identification is required for all requests.

You can see the list of identifications we accept here. The Office of Vital Records follows identification requirements according to the Texas Administrative Code.

How To Order a Birth or Death Certificate

There are four ways to get a certificate:

  • Online - Receive in 3 to 14 business days
  • Phone - Receive in 3 to 14 business days   
  • By mail - Receive in 2 to 3 weeks
  • Walk-in - Currently unavailable.
    • NOTE: There is construction in the area for the next year. Read about detour routes here.

Read the instructions on how to order certificates here.

Cost

  • Birth Certificates cost $23 for each copy.
  • Death Certificates cost $21 for the first copy, and $4 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.

Please note: There are additional processing and shipping fees for internet orders and phone orders.

Information Required on All Requests

  • The name on the certificate you are requesting
  • Date of birth or date of death
  • Parents' full names before marriage
  • Name of the county and city where the birth or death occurred
  • Requestor's name, address, and daytime telephone number
  • Requestor's relationship with the person on the certificate
  • An explanation of why the certificate is needed
  • Requestor's signature
  • Current government-issued identification of the requestor (see the list of identifications we accept here).

Types of Certificates

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.

Pictures of Types of Birth Certificates

Long/Baby Form (available for births

within the city of Austin only)

Security Size  
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