Fastest Way to Order a Birth Certificate
Standing in line or waiting by the mailbox for weeks isn’t really your thing? Among the four ways to order a Texas birth certificate, the quickest is through our secure online ordering system.
24 hours: Order an official Texas birth certificate online via TX-DPS
Your order for a long form version of an official Texas birth certificate will be processed within 24 hours. The birth certificate can be used to quickly obtain a passport for travel purposes. This official birth certificate can be delivered by UPS and is directly from the State of Texas Vital Statistics Office.
Cost: $75 for long form version
Several days: In person at the Texas Vital Statistics Office (VSU) in Austin
By visiting the office in Austin, you can receive a short form birth certificates within a couple of hours, or receive the more common long form birth certificate in several days.
Cost: $22 for certified copy or $60 for heirloom version
10-15 business days: Order online from Texas.gov
For Offline Expediated Service, orders must be sent to Texas Vital Statistics via an overnight mail service, such as Fedex, Lone Star, UPS, etc., but can not be sent via USPS Priority Mail.
Cost: $22 for certified copy or $60 for heirloom version via check or money order plus $5 expedited processing fee plus return delivery of $8 for Lonestar or $19.95 express mail
6-8 weeks: Submitting request to Texas.gov via U.S. Postal Service regular mail
A paper application can be submitted via regular mail, but this is the longest waiting period for obtaining a birth certificate.
Cost: $22 for certified copy or $60 for heirloom version via check or money order plus return delivery of $8 for Lonestar or $19.95 express mail