A Birth record is closed information and can be available to the public on and after the 75th anniversary of the date of birth.
Only a qualified applicant may obtain a copy of a birth certificate:
- The registrant. The person named in the record.
- The parent, child, brother, sister, spouse, grandparent, legal guardian or managing conservator of the registrant.
- Legal representative, agent or other person acting under contract for the registrant must provide a letter of permission and a copy of identification from the registrant.
- An applicant must provide all necessary information and show proper identification prior to obtaining the certificate.
- If you are requesting a birth certificate for a grandchild, you will need to bring the child’s parent’s birth certificates to identify relationship. If you are applying for a passport, the long form birth certificate is required for the application.
Information needed to obtain a birth certificate:
- Full name on birth certificate
- Date and place of birth
- Father’s full name
- Mother’s full maiden name
- Name, address and phone number of the requester
- Relationship to person on birth record
- Valid identification (driver’s license preferred)
- Purpose of obtaining the birth certificate