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Birth Certificate

Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital

Completing the Birth Certificate

Thank you for choosing Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital for your obstetrical needs. We would like to congratulate you on the upcoming birth of your newborn.

One of the many responsibilities brought by the birth of your newborn is the completion of a birth certificate. The birth certificate is an individual's only claim and proof of citizenship, identification and relationship to his or her parents. This document serves as the primary document for each of us to enter school, play little league sports, obtain a social security number and account, a driver's license, a passport and lastly to prove we are citizens and are qualified to work in this country.

It is important to register the birth of your newborn with the Harris County Clerk’s Office as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Birth Registrar at 281-644-7330. Please remember to bring your completed forms with you to Labor and Delivery when you have your baby. The Birth Registrar will submit this information to the Vital Statistics Unit.

Information for Unmarried Parents

Please note that the acknowledgment of paternity is voluntary*. If you are not married to the father of your child but you want his name on the birth certificate, the Acknowledgement of Paternity form must be completed. Visit the Birth Certificate Clerk at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital to obtain the AOP form and instructions for completion.

Acknowledging paternity for a child born to unmarried parents is very important. Learn more about establishing paternity at the web site for the Attorney General of Texas.

*These documents are in a PDF format. If you are unable to view them with your browser, then you may need to download and install the free Adobe Reader.

HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR NEWBORN’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN PERSON

After the birth of your child, you may obtain a certified copy of your newborn’s birth certificate at the address listed below:

Harris County Clerk
Administrative Offices
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline, 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

(713) 274-8600

Office Hours for main office (listed above) are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED)


Full size certified birth registration documents (birth certificates) are issued to walk-in customers on the day requested.

Birth wallets (wallet size certificates) may be purchased by the customer and mailed from the main office the next business day.

Birth Certificates and birth wallets are $23.00 each.

PLEASE NOTE: PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

DUE TO LEGAL CONCERNS TELEPHONE, FAX-IN, AND VERIFICATION REQUESTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.


FULL SIZE CERTIFICATES CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED AT A LOCATION CLOSER TO YOU. You may obtain more information regarding these closer locations by calling the general information number listed above or by visiting the Bureau of Vital Statistics website at http://www.houstontx.gov/health/BirthCert/index.html.

NOTE: Only money orders made payable to the “City of Houston” are accepted at these closer locations.

You may also choose to apply for a certified copy of your newborn’s birth certificate by mail.

APPLY FOR CERTIFIED COPIES BY REGULAR MAIL

Provide the following for mail-in request processing.

  • Print a copy of the application from the website:
  • http://www.houstontx.gov/health/BirthCert/index.html
  • Complete the application
  • Make a copy of the qualified applicant’s identification
  • Include money order (no checks) payable to “City of Houston”
  • Mail the three documents (completed application, copy of the qualified applicant’s identification and money order) to:

Bureau of Vital Statistics, 8000 North Stadium Drive, 1st Floor, Houston, TX 77054

APPLY FOR CERTIFIED COPIES BY OVERNIGHT MAIL
(Additional Fees Apply)

Overnight mail is processed on the business day of receipt by our office.

Overnight mail is mailed to the customer via overnight courier. Fees in addition to certificate cost are $15.00 expedited processing and $30.00 overnight courier. If customer provides a prepaid return overnight envelope the $15.00 expedited processing fee will be charged and the $30.00 overnight courier fee waived. Provide the following for overnight mail-in request processing.

  • Print a copy of the application from the website:
  • http://www.houstontx.gov/health/BirthCert
  • Complete the application
  • Make a copy of qualified applicant’s identification
  • Include money order (no checks) payable to “City of Houston”
  • Mail the three documents (completed application, copy of qualified applicant’s identification and money order) to:

Bureau of Vital Statistics, 8000 North Stadium Drive, 1st Floor, Houston, Texas 77054

Restrictions – Birth records are confidential for 75 years and death records for 25 years; therefore, issuance is restricted to qualified applicants. Please attach a photocopy of ID to application. Failure to provide the purpose in obtaining the record and relationship to the applicant in the request, when the applicant is not the person named on the record, will result in the application being rejected or delayed in processing.