Texas Public Records

Ancient Babylon kept some vital records on clay tablets. Taxes and the comings and goings of societies, such as births, deaths and whereabouts were recorded, but not officially. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that humans began to take an actual census of the population. Since then, humans and most societies have kept local information recorded and in a central location. Some Texas records are now available to the public thanks to the Freedom of Information Act that was passed in the 1960s. This law allows access to certain records to the public. Texas public records are mostly available through the state’s Vital Records department. Since 1903, Texas has officially kept public records in this central location. You’ll need to fill out a form (application), include a pre-determined fee (for most vital records, the fee is $22.00) and send to the following address:

Texas Vital Records
Dept. of State Health Services
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512) 972-5400


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You’ll receive a response usually within ten to fifteen business days. Even though the Freedom of Information Act opened some vital records to the public, there are state laws which limit the type of data the public can vie