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.

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 Population

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.

State Population
1 birth every 80 seconds

1 death every 120 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Texas Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Texas
Nebraska - 13.93Alaska - 15.12
Colorado - 11.83North Dakota - 15.04
New Hampshire - 9.11District Of Columbia - 14.47
Georgia - 12.63Utah - 16.47
Florida - 10.28South Dakota - 14.32

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 - 11.80Webb County - 19.13
Parker County - 11.88Bell County - 18.04
Guadalupe County - 11.90Ector County - 17.87
Grayson County - 12.03Midland County - 17.86
Hays County - 12.24Hidalgo 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:

County Fertility rate
Hidalgo County82.42
Bell County81.98
Potter County81.06
Cameron County80.33
Jefferson County74.46
El Paso County74.23
Gregg County72.65
Harris County72.32
Dallas County71.35
Kaufman County69.94
Smith County69.75
Taylor County69.1
Montgomery County67.69
Brazoria County67.6
Bexar County67.2
Johnson County67.16
Ellis County66.62
Tarrant County66.58
Parker County65.89
Grayson County65.87
Fort Bend County64.98
Wichita County64.72
Tom Green County64.54
Galveston County64.53
Nueces County63.78
McLennan County62.91
Comal County62.34
Lubbock County61.07
Randall County59.63
Guadalupe County59.31
Williamson County57.91
Denton County56.51
Travis County56.4
Collin County56.24
Hays County51.14

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

Texas Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $22.00
Organization: Texas Vital Records; Department of State Health Services
Address:P.O. Box 12040, Austin, TX 78711-2040
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Texas Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.