Texas Birth Records Search
Texas Health and Human Services is the agency in charge of collecting, maintaining and issuing birth records for the state.
Birth records in Texas are kept private until the age of 75, then made public. Only the following people can access a copy of your Texas birth record: you, if you are a legal adult, your guardian, parents, children, your spouse, parents, siblings and grandparents.
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When applying you must also provide proof of your identity using one of the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, passport, federal or state ID, prison ID, military ID, citizenship ID, government-issued ID, visa, pilot’s license and a handgun permit.
If you cannot supply one of the above, you can provide two other forms of secondary ID from the list on their website.
Types of Texas Birth Records
You can choose between two types of Texas birth records to purchase.
- Certified Copy - a certified copy is legal proof of your identity, and you can use it to apply for government permits, a passport, driver’s license or to get into school or the military. You can choose between a long form or standard size.
- Heirloom Copy - an heirloom copy is a keepsake version of your birth certificate. There are two design choices, and these are legal proof of your identity also and can be used for all government purposes when you need to prove your identity.
Texas has a current population of 38.70 million people. Texas is the 2nd largest state in the United States. Texas has the 3rd highest annual growth rate in the country of 1.80%.
Texas is enormous covering 268,581 square miles of area and has a population density of 26th in the country with only 105.2 people per square mile. Harsh terrain and high temperatures are to blame for the low population density in Texas.
The three largest cities in Texas are Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
Texas became a State on December 29, 1845.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Texas. The total population of Texas is estimated at 27,904,862 people with 13,861,175 male and 14,043,687 female. There are 182,512 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.33% of the total population.
The Texas Gender Ratio is 99 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.99. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Texas Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 14.03 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 398,047 total births — the lowest in Texas history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 398,047, 10.09% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Texas
Top 5 Counties in Texas with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Texas with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Texas with the highest birth rate|
|Collin County - 11.80||Webb County - 19.13|
|Parker County - 11.88||Bell County - 18.04|
|Guadalupe County - 11.90||Ector County - 17.87|
|Grayson County - 12.03||Midland County - 17.86|
|Hays County - 12.24||Hidalgo County - 17.63|
Texas Fertility Rate
In Texas the fertility rate based on historical data went from 72.72 to 67.93 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 68.55 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.57 to 27.75.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Texas are Webb - 88.6, Ector - 85.71 and Midland - 85.21. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
|El Paso County||74.23|
|Fort Bend County||64.98|
|Tom Green County||64.54|
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Texas Birth Certificate
The Texas Health and Human Services office allows you to order Texas birth record searches and certificates by mail or online. Processing time for both is 20-25 days. You may request overnight shipping, but only after the 20-25 days of processing.
You can also visit their office located at 1100 W. 49th St., Austin, TX 78756 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wait times are usually 30 minutes or less.
Texas charges $22 for a Texas birth record search and a certified copy of your birth certificate. All additional copies are $3 each. Heirloom certificate cost $60. You may pay with cash, check, credit card or money order. Make all checks and money orders out to DSHS.
If you are mailing in your order, you must have your application notarized to be accepted. Send your paperwork to: Texas Department of State Health Services - Vital Statistics Section, 1100 W. 49th Street Austin, TX 78756