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101 W. Abram St., 3rd floor
Arlington, TX 76010

Phone: 817-459-6186
Fax: 817-459-6189
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BIRTH/DEATH CERTIFICATES - VITAL RECORDS :: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
NEW LOCATION
AT CITY HALL
101 W. Abram St. 1st Floor, City Hall
Arlington, TX 76010

Financial transactions are not accepted after 4:30 p.m. The office will remain open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays) to answer questions and accept non-financial transactions.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE REQUESTS OR VERIFICATIONS
WILL BE ACCEPTED

How Do I Request Certified Copies?

Certified copies of Texas birth records are available at the Arlington Bureau of Vital Records. Death records for deaths occurring in Arlington after April 15, 1971, are also available. To obtain death records prior to 1971, you may wish to contact the State Bureau of Vital Records.

Copies of birth and death certificates are confidential under Texas Law for fifty and twenty-five years, respectively, and can only be obtained by Qualified Applicants.

Certified copies of birth and death records may be obtained by either:

  1. Applying at the Bureau of Vital Records, 101 W. Abram St. 1st Floor, City Hall
    Arlington, TX 76010, Monday Ė Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; OR
     
  2. Writing to:
    Bureau of Vital Records
    Mailstop 63-0700, P. O. Box 90231
    Arlington, Texas 76004-3231

You may either complete the Application for certified copy of Birth Certificate (pdf) or Death Certificate (pdf) Certificate, OR include the following information in a letter:

  • The name on the birth or death record being requested.
  • The date and place of birth or death.
  • Fatherís full name (last, first, middle).
  • Motherís full maiden name (maiden last, first, middle).
  • Purpose for obtaining the certificate.
  • Relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested.
  • Your daytime telephone number with area code.
  • Your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address.
  • A photocopy of your picture ID, such as your driverís license.

You can expect to receive your certificate within 1 to 2 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to provide the purpose for obtaining the record and relationship to the applicant in the request, when the applicant is not the person named on the record, will result in the application being rejected or delayed in processing.

IMPORTANT: In addition to your written request, you must include the necessary fees. Make your check or money order payable to the City of Arlington. Please do not send cash.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE REQUESTS OR VERIFICATIONS
WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Fees For Certified Copies

The fee for each certified copy of Certificate of Birth is $23.00. This fee is non-refundable or transferable.

The fee for one certified copy of Certificate of Death is $ 21.00. Each additional certified copy of the same death record ordered at the same time is $ 4.00. This fee is non-refundable or transferable.

Who Is A Qualified Applicant?

Copies of birth and death certificates are confidential under Texas Law for fifty and twenty-five years, respectively, and can only be obtained by qualified applicants.

A qualified applicant is defined as the registrant, or immediate family member either by blood or marriage, his or her guardian, or his or her legal representative. Local, state, and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies and other persons may be designated as properly qualified applicants by demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record when information in the record is necessary to implement a statutory provision or to protect a personal legal property right. A properly qualified applicant may also be any person who has submitted an application for a request to release personal information and has been approved as outlined in the Health and Safety Code, Section 181.11, relating to Requests for Personal Data.

What is a Valid Form of Identification (ID)?

Each applicant must present a current form of government issued photo identification along with his or her application. If the applicant is unable to present a current, valid form of photo identification, two valid supporting forms of identification may be presented, one of which must bear the applicantís signature.

Primary Form of ID: (only one is needed)

  • State-issued driverís license (current)
  • State ID card (current)
  • Employment badge (current with expiration date)
  • Military ID
  • Green Card
  • Visa
  • US Passport (current)
  • Concealed Handgun License (current)

OR

Secondary Form of ID: (two forms are needed of different types)

  • Student ID (current)
  • Signed Social Security card
  • Medicaid card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Foreign passport
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Mexican voter registration card
  • Foreign ID with photo of applicant
  • Any primary ID that is expired

OR

One form of Acceptable Secondary ID plus Two forms of Acceptable Supporting ID of different types.

Supporting ID

  • Recent utility bill with current address
  • police report of stolen ID
  • Recent paycheck stub
  • hospital admission records, immunization records medical bills
  • Recent bank acct. statement
  • official school transcript
  • Public assistance applications or letters
  • marriage license/divorce degree
  • Signed valid voterís registration card
  • certified birth certificate from another country
  • Automobile insurance card
  • court order
  • Lease agreements
  • property titles or liens
  • Loan contracts
  • automobile titles
  • Social security letter

Overnight Services

Overnight services can be available by providing a prepaid return envelope with your mailed in request.

The State Bureau of Vital Statistics does overnight services for Birth or Death Records, at an additional cost.

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