How to Obtain a Delayed Birth Certificate
If a birth occurring in the State of Texas is not officially registered within the first year, a Delayed Certificate of Birth may be requested through the Texas Vital Statistics office. This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to obtain a Delayed Certificate of Birth.
ProcedureIn order to obtain a Delayed Certificate of Birth, the first step that must be followed is to conduct a formal search of birth records to determine that a birth record has not already been filed. A written application or request for a certified copy of the birth record must be sent to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin, Texas, along with a $22 search fee. If the BVS locates a birth record, a certified copy of the birth record will be sent. If a birth record is not found, then the BVS will provide forms and instructions for filing a Delayed Certificate of Birth. The form must be completely neatly and legibly, signed before a notary public, and submitted along with the required supporting documentation. There is a $25 fee for filing the Delayed Certificate of Birth. When accepted by the BVS, the Delayed Certificate of Birth becomes the original birth certificate. Please note that the supporting documentation must be verified by the staff of the BVS. Therefore, processing time is approximately 8-10 weeks. If the supporting documentation is not sufficient, it may take the BVS additional time to process the Delayed Certificate of Birth.
Required DocumentationWhat kind of documentation is necessary to file a Delayed Certificate of Birth? The BVS will accept the following types of documentation: Birth Certificate of Adult Children (18 years or older), School Enrollment Record or Transcript, Military Discharge Record (DD214), Marriage or Divorce Records, Social Security Application (Do not send the Social Security Card), Baptismal Certificate, Original Selective Service Record, Voter's Registration Application, Hospital Record, Application for Driver's License, Application for State Issued ID, Affidavit of Birth Facts (sent with the Delayed Certificate packet) signed by a parent, grandparent, or older brother or sister. Please note that the original documentation must be sent along with the Delayed Birth Certificate. Originals will be returned after being verified by BVS staff. Any fraudulent documents submitted will be retained by the BVS.
Additional RequirementsFor children over the age of one year, but younger than four years of age, special requirements apply. If the child was born in a licensed institution, the Delayed Certificate of Birth must be signed by the parents and be accompanied by the certification of the hospital or licensed birthing center record related to the child's birth. If the child was not born in a licensed institution, the Delayed Certificate of Birth must be signed by the parent, along with proof of pregnancy and proof of the mother's residence in the registration district at the time of the child's birth. There must also be a notarized statement addressing why the certificate of birth was not filed within one year of the child's birth. For a child between four and fifteen years of age, the Delayed Certificate of Birth must be signed by a parent, legal guardian, or representative, along with two or more supporting documents attesting to the date and place of birth, one of which must verify the parents' names. Only one document may be a notarized affidavit of personal knowledge. At least one of the documents should have been created within ten years of the child's birth. For children 15 years of age or older, the Delayed Certificate of Birth must be signed by the child, if over the age of 18 and competent. If the child is not over the age of 18 and competent, then the Delayed Certificate of Birth must be signed by a parent, legal guardian, or legal representative. Three or more documents must be submitted to prove the date of birth and place of birth. One of these documents must verify the parents' names. Any record other than an affidavit must be at least five years old. At least one document should have been created within 10 years of the child's birth.