Texas Birth Records Search

Texas Health and Human Services is the agency in charge of collecting, maintaining and issuing TX 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 TX 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.

State Population

The state has a current population of 38.70 million people and is the 2nd largest state in the United States and has the 3rd highest annual growth rate in the country of 1.80%.

The state 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 the area.

The three largest cities are Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

It 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
Louisiana - 13.78Alaska - 15.12
Kentucky - 13.09District Of Columbia - 14.47
Nebraska - 13.93North Dakota - 15.04
Oregon - 11.05South Dakota - 14.32
Nevada - 11.71Utah - 16.47

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
Comal County - 10.74Webb County - 19.13
Collin County - 11.80Bell County - 18.04
Parker County - 11.88Ector County - 17.87
Guadalupe County - 11.90Midland County - 17.86
Grayson County - 12.03Hidalgo County - 17.63

Fertility Rate in TX

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 County - 88.6, Ector County - 85.71 and Midland County - 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
Brazos County46.19

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 records search online and by mail. 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.

The State charges $22 for a Texas birth records 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 the 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: State office has records since 1903. Additional copies of the birth record ordered at the same time are $22.00 each. Request for certified copies of birth certificates can be made via the internet, with a credit card, through Texas.gov. An Expedited Application for Birth and Death Record (see Form VS142.21.pdf)can also be completed and sent by an overnight service or by USPS Express Mail, with a check or money order, to the address on the application. Most Texas.gov and Expedited mail requests will be processed within 10 to 15 business days. Mail-in requests must be made by personal check or money order made payable to the DSHS. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (512) 776-7111. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the Texas Department of State Health Services website..