Vital Statistics

As of May 18, 2020 the Vital Records Office will be open to the public. 

To keep in guidelines of social distancing, we are only allowing 2 visitors in out waiting area at a time to apply for a birth certificate and or death certificate. You may experience longer then usual wait times. We apologize for any inconvenience this may make.

To speed the process up, you have many options before heading to the office to pick up the records you need.
Option 1: You may call ahead with your information @940-761-7802 or @940-761-7801 and we will complete the application for you, then email a picture of your identification to vr@wichitafallstx.gov or we can make a copy of your ID when you come to pick up record if your unable to email.
Option 2: You may complete and application yourself here and email it with a picture of your identification to vr@wichitafallstx.gov . Then head to the office to pick up.
Option 3: If you are not able to do the option 1 or 2, we will provide the application to be filled out at the office and we will make a copy of your identification in order for you to receive your record.

For mail out service of birth and death certificates, you will need to complete this application Mail out Birth or Death Certificate Application Only 
(This applicaiton will have to be notarized)
and either fax, mail, or email it to us as vr@wichitafallstx.gov



If requesting a certificate for
  • any use for the State of Colorado or
  • for Indian Tribal Card, then
  • you MUST order the certificate from the State of Texas Health Department in Austin.  For more info on the ordering process from Austin DSHS please visit their website at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/

Birth and Death Certificates


The Vital Records Office is responsible for filing births and deaths that occurred in the city limits of Wichita Falls. We are able to issue certified birth certificates for anyone that was born in Texas and certified death certificates for anyone that died in the city limits of Wichita Falls. For any deaths that occurred in surrounding towns of Wichita Falls, these records should be filed with the Wichita County Offices. Please call our office to verify before sending in a request.

All certificates issued from this office are certified copies of the original record on security paper that meets state requirements, which bears our Health Department Seal and the Texas State Health Department Seal within the paper. We do NOT use an embossed seal per the Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 181 Subchapter B Rule 1813.28 –C- Security Features. The Texas Administrative Code can be found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/field/local-registrar-and-county-clerk-resources/



Are Birth and Death Records Public Record?

Vital records are not public record until 75 years after the date of birth for birth certificates and 25 years after the date of death for death certificates.



Types of Records Issued

Our office issues two kinds of birth certificates:
  • Long Form Birth Certificate - This is issued to anyone born in the City Limits of Wichita Falls. These records date from 1926-Present.
  • Abstract Birth Certificate- This is issued to anyone born in Texas. These records date from 1926-Present. This certificate has the minimal information that is provided by the State. Abstracts birth certificate may not work for passport purposes.
  • Death Certificates- These records date from 1917-Present for persons who died in the City Limits of Wichita Falls. For any deaths that occurred in surrounding towns of Wichita Falls, these records should be filed with the Wichita County Offices. Please call our office to verify before sending in a request.

Who can Request a record


You must be a qualifying applicant in order to request a certified birth or death certificate. We may require additional proof to show relationship. When presenting a “Power of Attorney”, it must be specifically stated, authorizing the agent to obtain their records or must be a “Durable Power of Attorney”. 
  • Self (Person named on record)
  • Parent (Parent listed on record; if not listed must present a valid court order stating parent-child relationship)
  • Step-Parent (Must show marriage license or other documentation showing you share last name)
  • Grandparent (Biological parent to parent on record)
  • Children (Biological child to person on record)
  • Sibling (Must share at least 1 parent. Parent must be on both person’s birth certificate)
  • Spouse (Must show marriage license if you do not share last name on record or other documentation showing you share last name)
  • Guardian (Must show valid court order showing guardianship or conservator-ship)
  • Legal Representative/Attorney (Must show an attested statement proving the need for protection for personal property rights when the legal representative is acting on behalf and for the benefit of the registrant or the registrant’s immediate family or other entity having a direct and tangible interest in the record. Attorney must present BAR card. Examples may include an insurance company, mortgage or lien holder, searcher for land and mineral property rights, loan office, attorney for an opposing party, etc., so long as written documentation of a direct and tangible interest has been presented.)
  • Social Worker (Must present documentation indicating that the registrant is in their care. If the registrant is in the care of an organization or institution, the documentation must indicate the organization or institution, and the social worker must present documentation showing they are working on behalf of that organizations or institution.)
Please Note: According to the State Health Department “Grandchildren" are not considered to be a proper qualifying applicant to request birth or death records unless it is already dated to be public record. We understand in some cases this will not affect you, for example when an insurance policy names a beneficiary. Please call our office if you have any questions concerning this matter before sending in your request.

How Can I Send My Request


Click here to download application and email, fax, or mail your request.
Please call our office to ensure request was received.
Mail: Wichita Falls Health Department
ATTN: Vital Records
1700 3rd St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Email: vr@wichitafallstx.gov 
Fax: 940-761-7693

Or come by our office. You will receive record as you wait.
Office Location: 1700 3rd St Wichita Falls, TX 76301


What is Required to Request a Record

  • All qualifying applicants must present a valid form of identification in order to request a record. If you do not possess a valid form of identification, please refer to the list of other documentation you can use. Please note our office does NOT accept the Matricula Consular as a form of identification.
  • When sending your request by mail, fax or email: All parts of the application must be in completion, including part 4 (Applicant's Notarized Affidavit of Identity). If notary uses an embossed seal- the original application must be mailed in. If notary uses an ink stamp- you may email or fax the application in, along with copies of identification. Please enlarge and lighten all copies of identification. Delays may occur if any part of application is left uncompleted. You may download application here.
  • If coming to our office, only the application and valid identification are required. Our office is located at 1700 3rd St Wichita Falls, TX 76301. For GPS purposes 200 Broad St Wichita Falls, TX 76301 will locate us.
Fees 
Birth Certificates $23 Each
Death Certificates $21 Each -1st Copy
Additional Death Copies $4 Each
Plastic Covers $3 Each
Convenience Fee $3.50 All credit/debit card transaction are subject to. Unless card is presented at office
Expedited Shipping (1-2 Days Shipping Weather Permitted) $21
No additional fees for regular mail


 No liability on this office for lost orders through delivery service or regular mail leaves this office.

We accept Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Money Order. CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. All requests are process within 1-2 Business days from time received. Unless marked for expedited services, all requests will be sent back regular mail. This office is not responsible for items lost in the mail. Expedited tracking number is offered for additional charge.