How easy is it for a Lone Star state native to get a replacement birth certificate? Quite a bit easier than one may think. There are several avenues that can be taken to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate if you were born anywhere in Texas. There are online options, mail in options and the old-fashioned way of going to your county to retrieve your replacement birth certificate. Either way you choose can be fast, easy and effective if you were born in the great state of Texas.
How Can I get it online?
If you choose the online method, there are several different recommended websites that offer varying timeframes and pricing options to get a replacement birth certificate. You will need standard forms of identification and be able to verify that you are whom you say you are to get a certified copy of your birth certificate with the raised state seal. You will need a valid government or state ID, be able to prove that you are the person named on the birth certificate or a family member (generally a parent or guardian), and a secure method of payment.
The Texas Vital Statistics Office can be accessed at www.dshs.state.tx.us. This is a fast and easy way of getting your replacement copy without having to leave your home. There is a 10-15 day processing period. Fees included will be the standard fee to replace your birth certificate, a processing fee and shipping and handling. The state of Texas uses UPS to ship all records and a signature is required upon delivery. Only persons age 75 or younger can obtain a replacement birth certificate online from Texas Vital Statistics. www.vitalchek.com is the other option that may be accessed to obtain your replacement birth certificate online.
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Can’t I Just Get it in the Mail?
If you would rather get your replacement birth certificate via snail mail (United States Postal Service), you will need a copy of a valid state, government or student ID, or prison ID. If you do not have a valid photo ID, you can use a photo ID of an immediate family member or a combination of two documents that show your legal name, such as a utility bill or Social Security card. This way is less expensive but a lot slower. You must allow six to eight weeks for delivery but it only costs you the $22 replacement fee plus postage unless you would like express mail or UPS return shipping. All requests need to be mailed to 1100 West 49th Street Austin, TX 78756.
Is There Somewhere Special I can Just Pick It Up?
The quickest, safest, least expensive and most effective way to get a replacement birth certificate in Texas is to walk into your county health department or vital records office with a valid ID. Your total cost for this will be $22 and you can get your replacement in 30 minutes to two hours or however long it takes you to fill out the requisition form and for the clerks to retrieve it. No fuss, no muss.
Texas gives you the options of convenience, speed, safety and effectiveness in obtaining a replacement birth certificate if the time every calls for you to need one. Simply let your fingers do the walking, go in to your nearest county health department or vital statistics office or type, type, type away.
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