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Adoption and Adult Adoptee Information

Adult Adoptee Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate

Section 192.008(f) of the Texas Health and Safety Code states that adult adoptees who were born in Texas and subsequently adopted can obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be able to identify the name of each parent listed on the original birth certificate;
  • Must be at least 18 years old;
  • Must submit a copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government entity; and
  • If applicable, provide other legal documentation (such as copies of an official supplementary birth certificate based on the adoption; marriage certificate; divorce decree, or court-ordered name change) if the applicant's name has changed.

Complete the Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate (Word 50K) and mail it along with a copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government entity and a $10.00 check or money order payable to DSHS to:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Vital Statistics Unit — MC 1966
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040 

Processing time is 6–8 weeks.

 

Last updated December 2, 2019