Texas Vital Statistics / Records

Texas Vital Statistics/ Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has more research tips on finding and using vital records.

A certified copy or an extract of most original records can be ordered from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Information listed on any vital records is given by an informant. Find out the relationship between the informant and the people listed on the vital record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the person and if the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine how accurate of the information is that is found on the vital record.

If you are unable to locate a vital record recorded by Texas county or state government, try searching for church records of christening, marrriage, death or burial. Also family bibles may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.

Aslso federal records can be used. For example, the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 currently contains over 94 million records. The database is created from Social Security Administration records of people who have died, possessed social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration.

MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Texas Death Certificates

Privacy laws restrict your access to some vital records. For example, copies of birth certificates recorded in the last 75 years are unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.

MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Texas Birth Certificates

Search for Vital Records online. Most online resources for Texas Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit

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The Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit maintains vital records for the state of Texas, including:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage liscence / Coupon verifications
  • Divorce Decree / Coupon verifications

Record Type Statewide Registration Cost Applications Remarks
Birth Certificates 1903-Present $22.00 Birth Certificate Application For births that occurred within the past 75 years, copies can be requested only by the immediate family of the person whose name is on the birth certificate.
Marriage Licenses Jan 1966-Present $20.00 Marriage License Application State office does marriage verification only! Requests for certified copies should be obtained from the County Clerk's Office in which the Marriage occurred.
Divorce Decree Jan 1968-Present $20.00 Divorce Decree Application State office does divorce verification only! Requests for certified copies should be directed to the District Clerk's Office in which the Divorce occurred.
Death Certificates 1903-Present $20.00 Death Certificate Application For deaths that occurred in the past 25 years, copies can be requested only by immediate family members of the deceased.
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