Birth/Death Certificates

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General Information

  • Birth records are confidential for 75 years from the date of the event. All births recorded in Fort Bend County from the late 1800s to the present are available.
  • Death records are confidential for 25 years from the date of the event. All deaths recorded in Fort Bend County from 1903 to the present are available.
  • Birth certificates are issued in two forms – full copies or abstract copies. Full copies will always be issued if the County Clerk's Office is the holder of the record.
  • For persons born in Texas between 1926 to the present, but not born in Fort Bend County, birth certificates can be obtained in abstract form only.
    • Abstract copies may be not suitable for passport purposes.
    • Contact the nearest Passport office for more information.
  • A certified copy of a birth or death certificate can be obtained in person or by mail request. 
  • Application of Copy of Birth/Death Certificate (English)[PDF] for details.
  • Application for Copy of Birth/Death Certificate  (Spanish)[PDF] for details. 

Checklist to Apply for Birth or Death Certificate

  1. To apply for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate, click on the link below and follow the instructions therein.
  2. A birth or death certificate may be issued to a qualified applicant including:
    • Registrant
    • Immediate family member (parent, child, brother, sister, spouse, or grandparent)
    • Legal guardian
    • Managing conservator
    • Legal representative
    • Agent or other person acting under contract for the registrant
  3. Current government issued picture identification is required to obtain a certified copy. Acceptable forms of valid identification include:
    • Driver's license
    • State ID
    • Passport
    • Military ID
    • Visa
  4. The applicant must provide the following information and show proper identification:
 Full name on birth record  Full name on death record
 Date and place of birth  Date and place of death
 Father's full name  Father's full name
 Mother's maiden name  Mother's maiden name
 Name, address, and telephone number of requestor  Name, address, and telephone number of requestor
 Relationship to person on birth record  Relationship to person on death record


Certificate by Mail

To obtain a birth or death certificate by mail, complete the application form and sworn, notarized statement (attached within), include a legible copy of the applicant's valid driver's license or other valid picture identification along with a cashier's check or money order payable to FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK. Please provide a legible return address and daytime telephone number. 

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