Houston Health Department

Bureau of Vital Statistics — Birth and Death Certificates

The Bureau of Vital Statistics is once again offering service by appointment or walk-in queue. Please use the link below to schedule an appointment or join the line; or select ‘Order online’ to access online birth and death record ordering.

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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1. Order online

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2. Schedule an appointment or join the line

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Fees and Payment methods

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


  • 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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