Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit
Issues certified copies of Birth and Death Records
for events which occurred within the state of Texas. For Marriage and Divorce records they provide verifications only. Certified copies of Marriage records are issued only by the County Clerk's office where the marriage license was purchased. Certified copies of a divorce decree are issued from the District Clerk's office in the county where the divorce was granted.
The Marriage Relationship, Family Code
Apostille for Document Certified by the State Registrar or County
To obtain the apostille for a document certified by the State Registrar, send the document with the $15.00 directly to:
Secretary of State, Statutory Documents
Attention Authentications Unit
P.O. Box 13550
Austin, TX 78711-3550
For additional information, please call 512-463-5705.
In addition to the above requirements, for all certifications or authentications you will also need to provide the following:
- The name of the country where the document will be recorded.
- The statutory fee of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) per certificate or apostille unless the certificate or apostille is requested for use in adoption proceedings. * A check or money order drawn on a U.S. Bank and made payable to the Secretary of State of Texas must be submitted with the documents.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards are also accepted (subject to a 2.7% convenience fee).
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope or pre-paid overnight airbill/envelope.
* If the Certificate/Apostille is requested for use in proceedings related to an adoption, the fee is $10.00 per Certificate/Apostille, and the total fees may not exceed $100.00 for the adoption of each child.
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