needed for school enrollment
School districts in the Houston area
require a certified copy of a birth certificate before your a child
can be enrolled in school. Check with your school district to determine
if your child needs a certificate. Usually a birth certificate
is needed only upon initial enrollment in that district. Birth certificates
for children born in Houston and elsewhere in Texas are available
through the Houston Department of Health and Human Services Department,
Bureau of Vital Statistics, 8000 North Stadium Drive in Houston. The
busiest time of the year is the month before school starts. To avoid
the rush, plan to obtain your certificate as soon as possible. For
more information visit the HDHHS birth certificates website at: http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/hlt/certificatespage.html.
Some important things to remember are:
- Bring a valid, official photo
identification such as driver's license, military ID, state/city/county
photo ID, current employment photo ID or some type of officially
issued photo ID. Qualified applicants must show acceptable photo
- Only qualified applicants may
obtain birth certificates. A qualified applicant is the person
named on the certificate, or immediate family member either by
blood or marriage, his or her legal guardian or his or her legal
agent or representative. Immediate family is defined
as mother, father, sisters, brothers, grandparents, grand-children,
step-parents. Aunts, uncles and cousins are not considered immediate
family. See website "Definition of a Qualified Applicant".
- It is not necessary to bring the
child to the office to obtain a birth certificate. The birth certificate
office is not set up to entertain children and they will find
a long wait (1-2 hours or longer) to be difficult.
- Certificate of Birth fee is $11.00.
- Certification of Birth Facts fee
is $11.00 (issued for persons born in Texas but not in Houston).
HDHHS does not issue certificates for persons born out of state.
In most cases, a Certification of Birth Facts will be acceptable
by school districts.
- Birth certificates are also available
from Harris County. For more information, call 713-755-6438.
Parking during the school rush is sometimes
a problem. A parking garage is available at 8000 North Stadium may
be crowded. Rates are $2 for less than 1 hour, $4 for 1-2 hours
and $6 for more than 2 hours. HDHHS is not responsible for any cars
parked in tow away zones or on private property.