|You can request certified copies of birth records for:
or death records for:
You can apply for the above certificates in different ways.
NO TELEPHONE REQUESTS OR VERIFICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Galveston County Health District has records from 1903 to the present. The Galveston County Clerk's Office has court orders and delay documents, or you may wish to contact the genealogy section of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Requesting Certified Copies:
You may print out, complete and mail the
OR include the following information in a letter:
- The name on the birth or death record being requested.
- The date and place of birth or death.
- Father's full name (last, first, middle).
- Mother's full name, including her maiden name.
- Purpose for obtaining the certificate.
- Relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested.
- Your daytime telephone number with area code.
- Your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address.
- A photocopy of your picture ID, such as your driver's license.
Please include appropriate fees. Overnight service is available for Birth and Death Records.
Please note: Birth records are confidential for 75 years and death records for 25 years; therefore, issuance is restricted to qualified applicants. Please attach a photocopy of ID to application. Failure to provide the purpose in obtaining the record and relationship to the applicant in the request, when the applicant is not the person named on the record, will result in the application being rejected or delayed in processing.
Overnight Delivery Service
Click to print and fill out a Birth/Death Certification Application
The following mailing address MUST be utilized for overnight delivery:
Galveston County Health District
9850-A Emmett F. Lowry Expy., Suite A114
Texas City, Texas 77591
Send by an Overnight Delivery Service (Not regular mail, priority mail, or certified mail), and enclose a prepaid Overnight envelope. Include money order for the appropriate fee made payable to: Galveston County Health District. Copies are mailed the same day as received at the Health District office in Galveston.
Birth Certificate outside of Galveston County:
Some Local Registrar offices, including the Galveston County Health District, have remote access to Texas birth certificates from across the state. Locations of other offices with Remote Access are available from the Galveston County Health District (409) 765-2520, or the Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, (512) 458-7111 or (888) 963-7111.
Obtaining a birth or death certificate from another state
For out-of-state birth or death certificates, please see the National Center for Health Statistics' site on Where to Write for Vital Records.
Apostille: Authenicating Birth or Death Certificates
If you are transferred by your employer to a foreign country, wanting to marry in a foreign country, or if you are adopting a child born in a foreign country, you may need to present your birth certificate to an official with the foreign country. If you are taking a deceased family member to a foreign country, or settling an estate of a deceased family member in a foreign country, the government officials with the foreign country will most likely require the death certificate of the decedent. Depending on the country and the circumstance, the documents may not be accepted by the foreign government officials unless they have been authenticated by the Secretary of State's Office. The 1961 Hague Convention established a pre-printed form for the purpose of authenticating documents for the countries that have joined the convention. This form is called an Apostille. If a document is authenticated with an Apostille, it will be recognized and will not need further certification as long as the foreign country requesting the document has joined the Hague Convention. Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the Convention.
Heirloom Birth Certificates
Native Texans have a proud history. Celebrate that heritage with a personalized Birth Certificate. Whether you are a first or fifth generation Texan, you share a unique and proud heritage of independence and individualism. To celebrate this heritage, the Texas Legislature authorized the creation of an "heirloom" birth certificate. This legal birth certificate celebrates that unique heritage of being a Native Texan.
This personalized certificate has a specially designed engraved intaglio border, heirloom quality paper, background security features and a gold embossed seal. Two styles, one with a state flag background and the other with the state outline background, are offered.
The cost is $60.00 each for these certificates that can be passed from generation to generation.
This is a truly unique gift to yourself, a family member or a special friend. Once framed, these certificates will be especially beautiful hung on a wall in a baby's room or in an office. It would seem particularly appropriate for an office that is outside the boundaries of this great state.
State law prevents issuance of a birth certificate to anyone other than the individual or immediate family member. Therefore, we have designed a special gift certificate that can be ordered by you and then redeemed for the heirloom certificate of the individual's choice. State law also prevents issuance of this certificate to persons whose births were established by court order or delayed record procedures.
The Heirloom Birth Certificate may be obtained by:
- Completing the Application for Birth or Death Certificate OR include the following information in a letter:
- Specify the State or Flag Heirloom Certificate;
- The name on the birth record being requested;
- The date and place of birth;
- Father's full name (last, first, middle);
- Mother's full name, including her maiden name;
- Purpose for obtaining the certificate;
- Relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested;
- Your daytime telephone number with area code;
- Your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address;
- A photocopy of your picture ID, such as your driver's license
Please note: In order to determine if the applicant is properly qualified when the person applying for the certificate(s) is not an immediate family member, it is essential for the application to also include the following:
- A notarized statement from the individual named on the certificate or an immediate family member;
- The purpose for obtaining the record; and
- The relationship of the applicant.
The fee for each search and Heirloom Birth Certificate is $60.00.
***If a record is not found, $60.00 of the fee is non-refundable or transferable.
You can expect to receive your certificate within 3 to 4 weeks.
Overnight Service is also available for Heirloom Birth Certificates.
Paternity and or amendment of a birth certificate
Paternity: By naming a father on the Texas Birth Certificate or on an Acknowledgment of Paternity Form, a presumption of paternity is established for a child born in this state. This should not be confused with establishing a legal father for the purpose of child support or visitation. For information on how to establish a legal father, contact the Texas Office of the Attorney General, or see the Attorney General site on Establishing Paternity. Forms for and assistance in adding a father's name to the Certificate may be obtained at the Galveston County Health Districts Vital Statistics Offices. For additional information, please see the Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics.
A qualified applicant is defined as the registrant, or immediate family member either by blood or marriage, his or her guardian, or his or her legal representative. Local, state and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies and other persons may be designated as properly qualified applicants by demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record when information in the record is necessary to implement a statutory provision or to protect a personal legal property right. A properly qualified applicant may also be any person who has submitted an application for a request to release personal information and has been approved as outlined in the Health and Safety Code, Section 181.11, relating to Requests for Personal Data.
If you do not meet the definition of a qualified applicant or you simply need to verify that a birth or death has occurred, you may request a Verification of Birth or Death.
Fees are considered search fees and are not refundable or transferable if the record is not found.
Fees are subject to change without notice (call 409-763-7202 for fee verification).
- Certificate of Birth is $23.
- Birth Verification $23
- Certificate of Birth (wallet size) is $23.
- Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth is $21
- Heirloom birth certificates $60
- Marriage or Divorce Verification letter is $21
- Certificate of Birth for births outside of Galveston County is $23.
- First Certificate of Death is $21.
- Additional copies of the same death record ordered at the same time is $4.
- Death Verification letter $21
- Plastic Pouches: full size: $2, remote size: $1.50 and wallet size $1.
Please make money order payable to the GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT OR GCHD.
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