Birth Certificates

Records Building - 500 Elm Street, Suite 2100, Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 653-7099  |  Fax: (214) 653-7176
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (except for court approved holidays)


***NOTICE:  If you were born within the City of Dallas city limits please contact the City of Dallas Bureau of Vital Statistics at (214) 670-3248. ***

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Laws Effecting the Purchase of Birth Records

September 1, 2015

Health and Safety Code 191.0031Certified copies by mailThe state registrar may not issue a certified copy of a record under this chapter to a person who has applied for the record by mail unless the person has provided notarized proof of identity in accordance with rules adopted by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Service Commission. The rules require the issuer of the certified copy to verify the notarization using the records of the Secretary of State under Section 406.012, Government Code.

June 1, 2015

do to changes in the law, the Dallas County Clerk's Offices will no longer accept the Matricula Consular Card as verification of identity for purchase of birth certificates or for obtaining confidential records.

 

 

Acceptable Forms of Identification

 

 

Types of Birth Certificates

Short (Abstract) Form Birth Certificate

The short (abstract) form birth certificate contains basic information such as:

  • person's name, sex, date of birth, and county of birth.
  • parent's name(s), the State File Number and the filing date.

The short (abstract) form can be used to apply for a government issued ID, enrollment in school or sports, and for work related issues.

When applying, please indicate the type of form you are requesting as no refunds will be issued.

 

Long Form Birth Certificate

The long form birth certificate is the copy of the actual certificate of birth on file with the location where the birth occurred.

we are not available to provide a long form birth certificate for the City of Dallas or other counties

Please see below for additional information regarding the purchase of long form birth certificates.

Additional Long Form Birth Certificate Information

Long Form Birth Certificates are ONLY available for the following Dallas County Cities:

  • Addison
  • Balch Springs
  • Carrollton (1996-Present)
  • Cedar Hill
  • Cockrell Hill
  • Coppell
  • DeSoto
  • Duncanville
  • Farmers Branch
  • Garland
  • Glenn Heights
  • Grand Prairie (1996-Present)
  • Highland Park
  • Hutchins
  • Irving
  • Lancaster
  • Las Colinas
  • Mesquite
  • Richardson (1996-Present)
  • Rowlett
  • Sachse
  • Seagoville
  • Sunnyvale
  • University Park
  • Wilmer/Wylie

 

Long Form Birth Certificates are NOT available by the county clerk for the following hospitals:

  • Baylor Dallas Medical Center
  • Methodist Medical Center
  • Charlton Methodist Hospital
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Children’s Medical Hospital
  • Presbyterian of Dallas
  • Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical
  • Renaissance Hospital Dallas
  • Doctors Hospital
  • St. Paul Medical Center
  • Lakepoint Hospital (Rockwall County)
  • Medical City Dallas
  • Trinity Medical (None Before-1996)
  • UT Southwestern
 

 

Application for Birth Certificates

Applications may be filled out online or downloaded then submitted in-person or via mail.  We are not currently accepting requests via e-mail.

  • Click here for the online application
    This online application is only to expedite the process when you come to the Vitals Records department in-person. Once the form is filled out and submitted, you will receive a Confirmation #. Bring the Confirmation # with you to Vitals where you will pay and receive your document.
  • Click here for the downloadable PDF This form can be used for either in-person or mailed requests. The mailing address is below.
 

 

The following information is required for ALL applications:

  • Full name as it appears on the birth record
  • Date and county of birth
  • Parent(s) name, including mother's maiden name
  • Your relationship to the person named on the certificate
  • Your mailing address
  • Purpose of record
  • Full name of hospital where the birth occurred
  • In person, you will need to provide your original valid government issued ID
  • In writing, you will need to send a notarized copy of your valid government issued ID
  • Cost per copy is $23.03 money order, payable to John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk’s Office
  • A NON-REFUNDABLE SEARCH FEE OF $23.03 WILL APPLY FOR EACH RECORD NOT FOUND
  • Turn around time is 2 to 4 weeks when applying by mail, payable by money order to John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk’s Office.Do not send cash through the mail. If applying in person, you may pay in cash and receive the record while you wait.
  • Credit cards will not be accepted as a form of payment by mail.
  • For more information call (214) 653-7099.

Please note:  The above information is required by Statute Texas Administrative Code Sec. 181.28. Birth records are considered confidential information; therefore, all requirements must be met. More information about the code can be found on the Texas Secretary of State site - https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/. If you are unable to meet the requirements, please contact the State Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin. The toll-free phone number is (888) 963-7111.

 

 

Additional Information

Mailing Address:

Dallas County Clerk’s Office
Records Building
ATTN: Vitals
500 Elm St., Ste. 2100
Dallas, TX 75202

Other Locations:

Records issued from the substations below are in short (abstract) form only. If you need the long form birth certificate, you will need to request it form the State Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin.

For short (abstract) form birth certificates only.
Call for hours of operation, form of payment and address.

Garland(214) 643-4773
Mesquite(972) 285-5429
Richardson(214) 904-3042

For additional questions or concerns, you may email CCVitalRecords@dallascounty.org.