Birth & Death Records / Vital Statistics

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 Birth Certificates
(Application) (Spanish)

  • Generally available 2 weeks after birth occurs
  • Walk-ins are issued certificates the same day
  • Please allow 10 to 14 days for mail-in orders to be processed
  • Texarkana, Wake Village or Nash birth certificate holders can obtain the abstract form or the long form which is needed for passports from our office
  • All other Texas birth certificate holders can obtain the abstract form only which will work for everything except obtaining a passport. For the long form, contact the city or county you where you were born or contact Texas VSU
Certified Birth Certificate, long or short form $23
Small Poly Sleeve for certificate $2
Large Poly Sleeve for certificate $3
Shipping and Handling for mail $2

Death Certificates (Application) (Spanish)

  • Generally available 10 or more business days after the death occurs
  • Walk-ins are issued certificates the same day
  • Please allow 10 to 14 days for mail-in orders to be processed
  • Texarkana, Wake Village, or Nash deaths only
  • For all other Texas death certificates, contact the city or county where the decedent died or contact Texas VSU
  • Out of State Funeral Home Certification service is available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Certified Death Certificate $21
Each additional Death Certificates ordered 
of the same record at the same time $4
Large Poly Sleeve for certificate $3
Shipping and Handling For Mail $2

Birth and Death Online Orders

  • Vitalchek.com 
  • A $9 non-refundable fee is charged for Vitalchek services
  • Please allow 10 to 14 days for online orders to be processed
Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP)
If the biological parents were married after the birth of the child or if there is a court order regarding this child, you do not need to have an AOP appointment. Contact our office for the appropriate form.

If either parent wants a DNA test, it must be done prior to signing the legal AOP document.

Call 903-798-3900 to schedule an appointment with our office. 
Our appointment times are 9:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only.

Walk-ins accepted by the Texas Attorney General's Office
122 Plaza West, Suite 2
Texarkana, TX 75501
903-223-5000

The cost is $25 for the change to the birth certificate and an additional $22 if you want a copy of the new birth certificate mailed to you. The fee is sent to Texas VSU with the Application for a New Birth Certificate Based on Parentage (VS 166). This form will be given to you after the AOP is completed. It must contain an entity code or it will not be accepted. This procedure takes four (4) to six (6) weeks minimum.

The parent can be removed or added and the child's last name can be changed with this form.

Name Change
Add Biological Parent's Name
Two documents are needed:

    • If paternity has been established through a court order, please send in a certified copy of the entire court order along with the Application for a New Birth Certificate Based on Parentage (VS 166)
    • If paternity has not been established through the court, but the biological parents are now married to each other, please send in a certified copy of the marriage license along with the Application for a New Birth Certificate Based on Parentage (VS 166)
    • If paternity has not been established through a court order or the parents are not now married to each other, an Acknowledgement of Paternity form must be completed along with the Application for a New Birth Certificate Based on Parentage (VS 166). This form will be given to you after the AOP is completed. It must contain an entity code or it will not be accepted.
The parent can be removed or added and the child's last name can be changed with this form.

The biological parents must complete and sign an Application for a New Birth Certificate Based on Parentage (VS 166) in front of a notary public.
 
There is a fee of $25 to file the new birth certificate and an additional fee of $22 for a certified copy of the new birth certificate once it has been filed.

Certificate Holder Name Change
Changing a person's first, middle or last name requires a court order if you are not adding or taking away a parent. You will need a certified copy of a court-ordered name change. Please submit the Application for Amended Birth Certificate Based On A Court Ordered Name Change (VS 2318.1a) and the certified copy of the entire court order legally changing the name of the registrant. There is a fee of $15 to file the legal name change amendment and an additional fee of $22 for a certified copy of the birth certificate once the change has been filed.

More Information
For more information please contact our office, or browse the FAQ's section.