Houston Health Department

Bureau of Vital Statistics — Birth and Death Certificates


NOTICE: Effective March 17, 2020, the bureau of vital statistics office is closed to the public until further notice. This closure is a measure to help contain and mitigate COVID-19 spread. We continue to offer online birth and death record ordering services and will waive the standard shipping fee.


The Houston Health Department Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur in the incorporated city limits of Houston. Our core functions include records retention, serving as a liaison to the state, funeral home relations, and providing birth and death certificates to the general public. Birth records are available from 1882, death records from 1874, and fetal death records from 1906.


Two Ways to Order


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8000 North Stadium Drive
Houston, Texas 77054

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Fees and Payment methods

  • Fees are listed on the application form
  • Cash, Mastercard, Visa, or Discovery (checks not accepted)

Parking

  • Parking is available in the adjacent garage at 8059 Stadium Drive
  • Parking fee: $4
  • We are not responsible if you receive a parking ticket or are towed for parking illegally on the street or in the hotel parking lot next door.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions on ordering online, birth certificates and birth-verification letters, death certificates and death-verification letters, marriage-verification and divorce-verification letters.

How to order vital records from Texas Health and Human Services


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