Houston Health Department

Bureau of Vital Statistics — Birth and Death Certificates

Construction to update and modernize the customer lobby is scheduled to begin April 26, 2021

The bureau of vital statistics is open to appointments only until further notice. Expect to be temperature screened before entering the building or receiving services. This is a measure to help contain and mitigate COVID-19 spread. We continue to offer online birth and death record ordering services and will waive the standard shipping fee.

The Houston Health Department Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur in the incorporated city limits of Houston. Our core functions include records retention, serving as a liaison to the state, funeral home relations, and providing birth and death certificates to the general public. Birth records are available from 1882, death records from 1874, and fetal death records from 1906.

Two Ways to Order

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1. Order online

  • Order online.
  • Track order status.
  • Recommended method. It's easy, fast, and secure.
  • During construction, same-day pick-up orders will be available through the entrance across from the parking garage.

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2. Schedule an appointment

  • Schedule an appointment.
  • Or download the QLess app.
  • Get wait time updates, manage your spot, and be notified when it's your turn.
  • Only one person per appointment will be allowed to enter the building; if you arrive with multiple people, you must reschedule, no exceptions.

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Outside of Harris County, Texas

Fees and Payment methods

  • Fees are listed on the application form
  • Cash, Mastercard, Visa, or Discovery (checks not accepted)


  • Parking is available in the adjacent garage at 8059 Stadium Drive
  • Parking fee: $4
  • We are not responsible if you receive a parking ticket or are towed for parking illegally on the street or in the hotel parking lot next door.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions on ordering online, birth certificates and birth-verification letters, death certificates and death-verification letters, marriage-verification and divorce-verification letters.

How to order vital records from Texas Health and Human Services

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