Houston Health Department

Birth and Death Certificates



Mission/Vision Statement:

The Vital Statistics Department strives to provide efficient, customer-oriented service by collaborating to utilize all available resources to continually improve. Our mission is to progress with the community as it evolves.


Working Hours

Lobby Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am –   4:00pm
                    Friday: 8:00am –   2:00pm

Funeral Director Office Hours:
Monday-Friday:    8:00am – 4:00pm

NOTICE

Please be advised the Bureau of Vital Statistics will be have modified hours for internal training and the City of Houston observation of the Christmas/New Year Holiday

Lobby Services and Same Day Pick-up hours for the week of Dec 11, 2017 will be:
Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th: 8:00am –   2:00pm
                         Thursday 14th: 8:00am – 2:00pm
                             Friday 15th: 8:00am –   2:00pm

Lobby Services and Same Day Pick-up hours for the week of Dec 18, 2017 will be:
Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th: 8:00am –   4:00pm
                         Thursday 21st: 8:00am – Noon
                             Friday 22nd: Closed

Please refer to our Holiday Schedule 2017 link for additional closure dates. - Thank you.
Apply online


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Pick up the same day after 2 hours or choose a delivery option: Next Day or Standard Processing.

You may also apply in person at 8000 North Stadium Drive.

Birth & Death (VITAL) RECORDS PROGRAM

The Houston Health Department Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur in the County of Harris. Bureau of Vital Statistics 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.

Restrictions

Texas law mandates that birth and death certificates are confidential records with restricted access.
Texas Public Information Act Section 552.115 (a)(1): Birth records are restricted until 75 years after the file date.
Texas Public Information Act Section 552.115 (a)(2): Death records are restricted until 25 years after the file date.

Eligibility

During the restricted access period, birth and death records can only be issued to qualified applicants.
  • Defined as: the registrant
  • Member of his or her immediate family either by blood or marriage
  • His or her guardian
  • Legal representative or agent.



Application to apply for a birth or death record (PDF)



Types of Birth Certificates

A birth certificate is required for enrolling in school, signing your child up for their first youth sports league team, obtaining their social security number, and even if they begin to prepare registering for marriage.

There are four types or birth certificates, although the Long Form version or Standard size can satisfy most of your needs. Read below to understand which you may need to order, no matter what the circumstance:
  • Standard size (short form or abstract):This certificate is the most commonly used, as it will be accepted when registering a child for school or in a youth sports league, and also when you are applying for a drivers license.
  • Full size (long form):This certificate is most often used to obtain a passport, apply for dual citizenship, Indian Registry and immigration.

FAQs

Find out more information on obtaining a certain vital records from Texas.gov.

Passports

All person seeking birth certificates to apply for a passport must obtain a long form birth certificate and then apply at one of the following Houston Passport Acceptance locations. For information on how to apply for a passport visit the U.S. Passport Service Guide. Birth abstracts can be used for most purposes except for genealogy, immigration and passports.

Complete a copy of the appropriate application:

**Remember to bring Approved Valid Identification / Recuerda traer Aprobado Identificación Válida

Further information on Qualified Applicants may be found here.



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The City of Houston Bureau of Vital Statistics no longer accepts mail-in orders for Birth Certificates.

For mail-in orders, please contact the State Office:


The Texas Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040