Birth records maintained by the Clerk and the Bureau of Vital
Statistics are closed to public inspection, with the exception of birth
records that have reached the 75th anniversary of the date of birth as shown
on the record. However, if you are a qualified applicant, you will be able to
purchase a Birth Certificate for any birth that took place in the State of Texas at the Kaufman County Clerk’s office (dating from
1926 – present) or any birth that took place in Kaufman County
that date from 1860 to present.
birth records date back to around 1860; however, we presently do not have all
the birth records for events that happened in the City of Terrell, Terrell is also a local Registrar.
Those certificates that we don’t possess can be located at the City of Terrell. For
information on Terrell births, you will need to call 972-551-6619.
For genealogical search
information, contact the Genealogy Collection at the State Archives Library
Link – Kaufman County TX GenWeb Project Site
Because birth records are protected by state law, you must be a qualified
applicant in order to receive a birth certificate.
following may apply for a Birth Certificate:
- The person named in
- The parents,
sibling, spouse, grandparent, legal guardian or managing conservator of the registrant
representative, agent or other person acting under contract for the
registrant. A letter of permission and copy of identification from the
registrant must be provided.
- Any one else must have a signed
(original) statement authorizing them (naming them) to pick up the birth
certificate. This statement must include a copy of your government
issued ID. The person named in your request must present their original
government issued ID also. The form that can be used for authorization
“Designation Document” can be found below in the Forms section.
An applicant must provide all necessary information and show proper
identification prior to obtaining the certificate.
following information is required:
- Full name as it
appears on birth record
- Date and Place of
- Parents names,
including mother's maiden name
- Your relationship to
person named on certificate
- Your name and
- Purpose of record
- Valid identification
(Photo ID preferred)
- Appropriate fee.
Accepted forms of payment are: cash, check, money order, or credit card.
information is required by the Texas
Administrative Code Sec. 181.28 http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/
Birth records are considered confidential information; therefore, all
requirements must be met. If you are unable to meet the requirements, please
contact the State Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin. The toll-free phone number is (888)
963-7111. The fax number is (512) 458-7506
to Purchase a Birth Certificate
- Download the
attached Birth Certificate Application or obtain application
- Complete and sign the application
- Provide necessary
Identification and pay appropriate fee
- Complete application
will be processed and Birth Certificate (if available) will be provided
- Download the
attached Birth Certificate Application or send a letter
which includes all of the information required. Include in either case,
a legible return address and daytime telephone number
- Complete and sign
- Mail with a copy of
valid ID and appropriate fee to:
100 W. Mulberry
Attn: Vital Statistics Clerk
Identification and a check or money order, payable to the Laura Hughes
County Clerk, must accompany the Birth Certificate Application or
written request. Please do not send cash through the mail
- Completed application
will be processed and Birth Certificate will be mailed within 3 business
The fee for a
Birth Certificate is $23.00 for each certified copy.
Type of Payments Accepted: Cash (for your
protection, please don’t mail cash!)
Check or Money Order – Made payable to Laura
Hughes County Clerk
Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or
Discover) must include a daytime phone number if you are paying by credit
For a complete list of forms and instructions on downloading please
visit our Forms
page. The forms you print and use must be clear and sharp. Applications that
are blurred or illegible will not be accepted. They must be printed in black
print on white paper.