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 and assistance in adding a father's name to the Certificate may be obtained at the Galveston County Health Districts Vital Statistics Offices 409 938-7221. For additional information, please see the The Office of the Attorney General 1-866-255-2006
How do I request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?
Galveston County Health District Vital Statistics
9850-A Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite A-102
Texas City, TX 77591
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.
How do I get copy of a Texas birth certificate from other than the place where I was born?
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.
How does an individual born in a foreign country to American parents get a copy of a birth certificate?
How far back does the Galveston County birth records go?
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.
How do I get a birth or death certificate from another state?
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.