Who can request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?
Qualified Applicants are listed below.


Birth Certificates:
A qualified applicant is the certificate holder.
The spouse of the certificate holder, with a copy of the marriage license to prove relationship.
The parent of the certificate holder, who is listed as such on the certificate.
The grandparent of the certificate holder, with a copy of the birth certificate of his or her child who is listed as the parent on the requested certificate.
A sibling of the certificate holder, with a copy of his or her birth certificate having at least one of the same parents listed.
Or a person presenting legal documentation proving a tangible interest in the certificate.


Death Certificates:
A qualified applicant is the spouse of the certificate holder, who is listed as such on the certificate.
The parent of the certificate holder, who is listed as such on the certificate.
The child of the certificate holder with a copy of their birth certificate showing the decedent as their parent.
The grandparent of the certificate holder, with a copy of the birth certificate of their child who is listed as the parent on the requested certificate.
A sibling of the certificate holder, with a copy of their birth certificate having at least one of the same parents listed.
Or a person presenting legal documentation proving a tangible interest in the certificate.

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1. Who can request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?
2. What if I am not an immediate family member?
3. What if I don't have a valid I.D. or Driver License?
4. How much does a certified birth / death certificate cost?
5. Can I request a "copy" of my birth certificate without paying the $23 fee?
6. I was not born in Texarkana, but I was born in Texas. Can I obtain a certificate in your office?
7. What is the difference between a "Long" form and an "Abstract" birth certificate?
8. I know I was born in Texas, but there is not a record on file for me. What do I need to do?
9. I need to correct a birth certificate or death certificate. The name is misspelled. How can I correct it?