How to Obtain a Birth Certificate in Corpus Christi, Texas

by Teo Spengler

The Bureau of Vital Records issues birth certificates in Corpus Christi.

birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com

Actress Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, as was Billy Powell, longtime keyboardist with Lynyrd Skynyrd. If you were born there too, or have a close relative who was, then you can get a birth certificate from the Corpus Christi vital records office at the Main Health District Building. As long as you can prove your identify and your relationship with the person identified on the certificate, you can order the document in person or online.

Vital Statistics Corpus Christi

Birth certificates and death certificates in the southern Texas town of Corpus Christi are maintained at the Main Health Department. Only the person named in the birth certificate, immediate family members and a few other related persons are eligible to get certified vital records. If you can prove eligibility, you can get a birth certificate in person, by mail or online. The cost is $23.

Birth Certificate Corpus Christi

To get a birth certificate in Corpus Christi, you must be the person named, a parent named on the certificate, a sibling with the same parents, a grandparent, a spouse or a child of that person. You'll need to prove your identity and your relationship.

To prove your identity, you must show a valid state ID or driver's license. If you do not have either, you must provide three documents with your name, including one with a signature. These can include a Social Security card, court documents, marriage license, divorce decree, high school diploma, car title, passport, school ID, U.S. visa card, phone bill, school transcripts, paycheck stubs, tax returns or hospital records.

To establish your relationship as a parent, your name must be on the birth certificate you are requesting. If you are a sibling, you must prove that you had the same parents by providing a copy of your own birth certificate. If you are a grandparent, show your relationship by providing a copy of your child's birth certificate. If you are a spouse, show a medical or automobile insurance card with both of your names on the card. If you are a child of the person named in the birth certificate, provide your own birth certificate.

How to Obtain Birth Certificate

Obtain a certified birth certificate by bringing your identifying documents to the Main Health District Building at 1702 Horne Road, Room 21, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To order the certificate by mail, download and complete a certificate request form, signing it in front of a notary public. Enclose a copy of identification documents and a money order made out to "City of Corpus Christi" for the correct amount.

To order a birth certificate online, go to the City of Corpus Christi Vital Statistics Online Payment Portal to pay. Then fax or scan and email a copy of your printed receipt, the notarized affidavit, a copy of your identification documents, your phone numbers, the name of the person for whom you are requesting a certificate and the reference number you were assigned.

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About the Author

Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Spengler splits her time between French Basque Country and California.