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Texas Public RecordsTexas is the second largest state in the U.S., both according to size and population. In 2011, it was estimated that more than 25.6 million people lived in the southwestern state. Texas also boasts a long history, becoming the 28th state in the Union in 1845. Prior to that time, the state was home to various Native American tribes before being inhabited by European explorers and settlers. The state saw more than its share of conflict throughout its history, as natives to the region and incoming immigrants struggled to find a way to live harmoniously within the state. Uncovering history in the Lone Star state often means launching a Texas public records search that reveals vital statistics about the people who once called this state home. 

Although Texas is a large state with a massive population, the state government makes it relatively easy to launch a public records search. Many Texas vital records are held under a single government agency, offering one-stop research for interested archivists, genealogists and family tree tracers alike. Those who require a copy of a document for personal reasons will also appreciate the easy navigation of Texas public records. Before you begin your Texas public records search, take note of these important tips:

  • Most Texas vital records are currently stored at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • The agency honors public records requests in person, by mail and online.
  • Texas offers its own online public records search for those with Internet access.
  • Applications for documents can also be downloaded from the agency website.
  • The Texas State Library and Archives Commission offers additional records for the state.
  • Texas Public Records Eligibility

    Many Texas public records are considered protected information for a specific period of time. Birth records in Texas are protected for a full 75 years after the date of birth. This means that access to certified copies of birth records is restricted to the person on the document and that person’s parents. Residents of Texas can also order records for immediate family members

    Texas death records are protected in a similar fashion for 25 years after the date of death. During that time, the only individuals who can gain certified copies of the death records are the immediate family members of the deceased. Those living outside of Texas must either be the spouse or parent of the deceased, or the funeral director involved with the funeral of the deceased. Those ordering certified birth or death certificates will need to provide a government-issued identification to receive the information.

    Where to Find Texas Public Records

    The large majority of Texas vital records on file today can be found at the Texas Department of State Health Services, through the Texas Vital Statistics office. This agency is the official repository for all TX birth, death, marriage and divorce records for the state. The agency offers access to public records in person, by mail or online through their website at TexasOnline.

    Texas Vital Statistics can only provide informational records of marriages and divorces within the state; official documents can be found at the county clerk’s office where the event took place. However, you can perform an online Texas public records search through TexasOnline, making requests for these copies a bit easier.

    The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is a treasure trove for researchers and archivists that want to dig a little deeper into family history. This office holds a wealth of collections that depict a piece of Texas history, including vital statistics indexes, war records and voter registrations. Some of the information available through this office can be found through an online Texas public records search, while other pieces may have to be requested in person or by mail. Those who require assistance with their search can also find a listing of professional researchers who can do the toughest footwork for you for a nominal fee.

    Online Public Records Searches in Texas

    TexasOnline is the place to launch an online public records search in Texas. This online search tool can be used to locate birth, death, marriage and Texas divorce records. Most of the orders placed through this service will be processed in 10-15 business days. The tool is set up to accept most major credit cards, for the convenience of those using the service. Identification is required for all requests for document copies that are currently restricted.



     
    State of Texas Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    24,974,326

     
    Under 18:
    6,366,623

     
    Over 65:
    2,157,394

     
    Employed:
    13,130,514

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    261,797.12

     
    Acres of Farms:
    129,666,877

     
    Births:
    385,915

     
    Deaths:
    156,457

     
    Infant Deaths:
    2,259

     
     
    Murder:
    1,374

     
    Forcible Rape:
    8,014

     
    Robbery:
    37,753

     
    Assault:
    76,423

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    123,564

     
    Burglary:
    230,123

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    654,097

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    85,350

     
    Total Property Crime:
    969,570

     
    Texas Public Records Locations
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Crash Records Section
    PO Box 149349
    Austin, TX 78704
    Phone:
    512-486-5780

    Fax:
    512-486-5794










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 12548
    Austin, TX 78711-2548
    Phone:
    512-463-2100

    Fax:
    512-463-2063










     
    Department of State Health Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 12040
    Austin, TX 78711-2040
    Phone:
    512-758-7366

    Fax:
    512-758-7711










    Secretary of State
    Corporation Section
    PO Box 13697
    Austin, TX 78711-3697
    Fax:
    512-463-5709










     
    DPS - Access & Dissemination Bureau
    Crime Records Service
    PO Box 15999
    Austin, TX 78761-5999
    Phone:
    512-424-2474

    Fax:
    512-424-5011










    Department of State Health Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 12040
    Austin, TX 78711-2040
    Phone:
    512-758-7366

    Fax:
    512-758-7711










     
    Department of State Health Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 12040
    Austin, TX 78711-2040
    Phone:
    512-758-7366

    Fax:
    512-758-7711










    Department of Public Safety
    Driver Records Section
    PO Box 149246
    Austin, TX 78714-9246
    Phone:
    512-424-2032

     
    512-424-2600

    Fax:
    512-424-7285










     
    Texas Education Agency
    GED Unit CC:350
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701-1494
    Phone:
    512-463-9292

    Fax:
    512-305-9493










    Governor's Office
    PO Box 12428
    Austin, TX 78711-2428
    Phone:
    512-463-2000

    Fax:
    512-463-1849










     
    TX Parks & Wildlife Department
    License Section
    4200 Smith School Rd
    Austin, TX 78744
    Phone:
    512-389-4820

    Fax:
    512-389-4330










    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Bureau of Classification and Records
    PO Box 99
    Huntsville, TX 77342
    Fax:
    936-437-2125










     
    Legislative Reference Library
    PO Box 12488
    Austin, TX 78711-2488
    Fax:
    512-475-4626










    Department of State Health Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 12040
    Austin, TX 78711-2040
    Phone:
    512-758-7366

    Fax:
    512-758-7711










     
    Dept of Public Safety
    Sex Offender Registration
    PO Box 4143
    Austin, TX 78765-4143
    Phone:
    512-424-2800

    Fax:
    512-424-5666










    Library & Archives Commission
    PO Box 12927
    Austin, TX 78711-2927
    Fax:
    512-463-5430










     
    Office of Court Administration
    PO Box 12066
    Austin, TX 78711-2066
    Phone:
    512-463-1625

    Fax:
    512-463-1648










    UCC Section
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 13193
    Austin, TX 78711-3193
    Phone:
    512-475-2703

    Fax:
    512-463-1423










     
    Department of Transportation
    Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
    Austin, TX 78779
    Phone:
    512-465-7611

    Fax:
    512-465-7736










    Texas Department of Insurance - Worker's Comp
    7551 Metro Center Dr, #100
    MS-92B
    Austin, TX 78744
    Fax:
    512-804-4993

    Records:
    512-804-4990 Ext. 319










     
     

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