Birth Certificate

Now that your little Texan is here you will need a birth certificate.

Your midwife will file your baby’s birth certificate within 5 days of the birth. Once the birth certificate is filed with Texas Department of State Health Services you can get a copy through your local county. You will need the LONG FORM for most of your baby’s legal needs.

Below is a link for Harris County.



(Houston, TX) – The Harris County Clerk’s Office (HCCO) has launched a new online ordering system to purchase certified copies of birth certificates. This is HCCO’s first online option for access to these vital documents.
“We have partnered with VitalChek to give the public an easy and secure way to request certified copies of birth certificates online,” said Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth. “Enhanced security measures are in place to ensure a secure transaction and protect residents from identity theft.”
Birth certificates are not public records and can only be obtained by the person whose name is on the birth certificate or immediate family members with valid identification. Requests can be made online, by mail or in person at any of HCCO’s 11locations. For additional information call 713-274-8686.
HCCO issues the short abstract birth certificate, which contains the person’s name, date of birth, place of birth, and parent’s name. The cost to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate is $23, plus the convenience fee to use the new online service.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer this new vital online service that will make our constituents daily lives a little bit easier,” added Clerk Hudspeth. “This is just one of the many ways our office will continue to make services more accessible andoperate more efficiently.”
Click here to order birth certificates online. For a list of other available online services, visit For HCCO news and updates, follow us @HarrisCoTXClerk on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.