Vital Records

How to apply for a Birth or Death Record

Birth and death certificates can be obtained in person or through the mail (application).

The Office of the City Clerk Vital Records Division is located at 719 S. Santa Rosa Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The office is closed on City holidays. Free parking is available in the front and back parking lots of the building.

If you were born in the City of San Antonio or the County of Bexar and you are applying for a passport or applying for immigration services you may obtain the Long Form Birth Record from the Office of the City Clerk Vital Records located at 719 S. Santa Rosa or by mail. If you were born outside the City of San Antonio or outside the County of Bexar you must obtain your Long Form Birth Record from the County you were born. You CAN obtain the Texas Abstract Birth Record at the Santa Rosa location if you were born in Texas. Please note that the Texas Abstract Birth Record CANNOT be used to apply for a passport or apply for immigration services.

By Mail (application)

Mail your request to:
Office of the City Clerk Vital Records
719 S. Santa Rosa,
San Antonio, Texas 78204

Your request is processed within three days after it is received. You may request the certificate by completing and mailing in the application or by writing a simple letter. In your letter provide:

1) the person's name on the certificate
2) the date of the event (date of birth if requesting a birth certificate or date of death if requesting a death certificate)
3) the parents' names if requesting a birth certificate
4) your relationship to the person named in the certificate
5) the purpose for which you are requesting a copy
6) a return address and a phone number

In your envelope, you also must include a photocopy of your photo ID, proof of relationship, and a check or money order in the appropriate amount payable to the City of San Antonio.

On-Line

The Office of the City Clerk Vital Records Division does not accept credit cards for online orders. However, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.

VitalChek can be reached either through it's website or by phone at 1-800-255-2414. An additional fee of $9.00 is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

After you have submitted your on-line request, VitalChek will send you an order confirmation at your email address. In that email there is a section titled "What Next?" This section states "San Antonio Bureau of Vital Statistics requires that you provide documentation to verify your identity. If you have not done so already, please use the link below to provide us with the required documents. Once your documents have been submitted, it will take 24-48 hours for approval. You will be contacted by email once your documents have been received.
Click here to Login and Scan/Upload or Fax your documentation"

This is a very important step in the on-line ordering process.  If this step is not accomplished within seven days after receiving your VitalChek confirmation email your order request is automatically canceled.  The additional fee of $9.00 charged by VitalChek to access their on-line ordering system is added to your credit card.



Tina J. Flores Local Registrar - Municipal Archives & Records Facility, 719 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio, TX 78204
(210)207-8754  *  Fax: (210)207-6539  *  Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Last updated: September 24, 2013