Vital Records

Birth and Death Records Division
719 S. Santa Rosa Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204
(210)207-8815


12/19/2013 - Office of the City Clerk Vital Records Division Honored with State’s Five Star Award

11/1/2013 - Office of the City Clerk to offer birth records for purchase at Las Palmas Branch Library

Vital Records Program
The Office of the City Clerk maintains records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur in the County of Bexar. Birth records are available from 1897, death records from 1873, and fetal death records from 1952.

Restrictions
Texas law mandates that birth and death certificates are confidential records with restricted access.

Texas Public Information Act Section 552.115 (a)(1):
Birth records are restricted until 75 years after the file date.

Texas Public Information Act Section 552.115 (a)(2):
Death records are restricted until 25 years after the file date.

Eligibility
During the restricted access period, birth and death records can only be issued to qualified applicants.
Please click here for the application to apply for a birth or death record.
  • Defined as: the registrant
  • Member of his or her immediate family either by blood or marriage,
  • Step-parent, step-sibling, etc; his or her guardian
  • Legal representative or agent.

Qualified Applicant Requirements
All documents proving qualified applicant must be original documents; copies are not accepted.

  • Parent
    • Picture ID from list of primary identification
    • Parent’s name must be listed on birth certificate
  • Self - Picture ID from list of Primary identification
  • Grandparent
    • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
    • Must provide relationship to the grandchild such as birth certificate of Mother/Father of the child
    • Related parent must be listed on requested birth certificate
  • Spouse
    • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
    • documentation associated with the marriage such as marriage certificate
  • Son/Daughter
    • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
    • Must provide relationship to the Parent such as their birth certificate
    • Related parent must be listed on requested birth certificate
  • Brother/Sister
    • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
    • Document that associates them to the sibling such as siblings birth certificate showing same parent
  • Legal Guardian
    • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
    • Certified Court Order showing legal custody
  • Attorney
    • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
    • Certified copy of a court issued document that establishes legal interest
    • Bar Card

Where to Obtain a Birth Record
The Office of the City Clerk Vital Records Division will expand the locations available to purchase birth records beginning Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, to the following Library locations. The certificates sold at these locations will be limited to births occurring from 2005 to present for individuals born in San Antonio.

  1. Las Palmas Branch Library, 515 Castroville Rd., San Antonio, TX 78237.
    1. Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12-5
    2. Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 – 5
    3. Phone Number: 210-207-9200
  2. Great Northwest Branch Library, 9050 Wellwood St., San Antonio, TX 78250
    1. Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12-5
    2. Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 – 5
    3. Phone Number: 210.207.9210
  3. Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78214
    1. Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10-5
    2. Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12 – 5
    3. Phone Number: 210.207.2704
  4. Thousand Oaks Branch Library, 4618 Thousand Oaks Dr., San Antonio, TX 78233
    1. Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12-5
    2. Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 – 5
    3. Phone Number: 210.207.9190

The Office of the City Clerk Vital Records Division will continue to serve the citizens of San Antonio by maintaining records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur in the County of Bexar. Birth records are available from 1897, death records from 1873, and fetal death records from 1952.

Proof of Eligibility
Each applicant must present a valid primary form of identification along with their application. If the applicant is unable to present a valid primary form of identification, two secondary forms of identification are required - one of which bears the applicant’s signature. Acceptable Forms of Identification.

Passports
All person seeking birth certificates to apply for a passport must obtain a long form birth certificate from the Santa Rosa location, or by mail.

Born in Texas, but not in Bexar County




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: June 10, 2014