Saturday, January 1, 2000

Texas OBCs

Texas Birth Certificates

How to Get Birth Certificate in Texas if You Were AdoptedHow to Get Your Birth Certificate in Texas if You Were Adopted

Texas OBC Access Status: Sealed, but available upon age 18 IF the adoptee knows the names of their birthparents listed on the OBC.

Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificate in Texas

Per Texas Citation: Health & Safety Code § 192.008 – Only the court that granted the adoption may grant access to the original birth certificate.

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Adult Adoptee Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate

Section 192.008(f) of the Texas Health and Safety Code states that adult adoptees who were born in Texas and subsequently adopted can obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be able to identify the name of each parent listed on the original birth certificate;
  • Must be at least 18 years old;
  • Must submit a copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government entity; and
If applicable, provide other legal documentation (such as copies of an official supplementary birth certificate based on the adoption; marriage certificate; divorce decree, or court-ordered name change) if the applicant’s name has changed.
Complete the Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate (Word 50K) and mail it along with a copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government entity and a $10.00 check or money order payable to DSHS to:
Texas Department of State Health Services
Vital Statistics Unit — MC 1966
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040 
Processing time is 6–8 weeks.

Texas Voluntary Mutual-consent Adoption Registry

The Texas Vital Statistics Central Adoption Registry is part of a voluntary mutual-consent registry system mandated during the State of Texas’ 68th Legislative Session in 1983. It enables an adult adoptee, birth parent, or sibling to place his or her name on the registry and to locate other family members who are also registered.
We are unique in that we have the authority, without a court order, to view a sealed or confidential record. This allows us to authenticate a match between two biologically related people.
Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions or comments about the Central Adoption Registry or call us at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6279.
Who is eligible for the Texas Central Adoption Registry system?
The Central Adoption Registry system is open to the following persons who are 18 years or older:
  • Adoptees (born and/or placed for adoption in Texas)
  • Birth parents
  • Biological siblings

How does the Texas Central Adoption Registry work?

The Central Adoption Registry system provides an avenue for adult adoptees, birth parents, and biological siblings to locate one another without having to go through the court system or spend excessive amounts of time and effort trying to find each other through other sources. The registry does not require registration, and you have the right to refuse to participate in any registry.
A match occurs when an adopted person and his or her birth parent or a biological sibling voluntarily register. The registry releases identifying information after the participants in the match complete the following:
  1. A one-hour post-adoption counseling session that educates and prepares each for the reunion.
  2. A written biography or history about the participant’s life with copies of photographs or other visual media.
The registry sends the biography to the other participant at the same time as when the identifying information is exchanged.

Requirements to register at the Texas Central Adoption Registry

  1. Complete an application.
  2. Submit a copy of a photo ID issued by a government entity. If your name has changed due to marriage, or if you are a sibling, provide a copy of your own birth certificate, as well.
  3. Submit a $30 check or money order, payable to DSHS, to:
Central Adoption Registry
Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Application (pdf 39K)
How do I request the opening of a sealed adoption record?
You must petition the court that granted the adoption to open the sealed record. If you do not know which court granted the adoption, you can download an application form with instructions on requesting the court’s identity.

Questions about the Central Adoption Registry?
Please send us an e-mail.

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