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Birth Certificates
There is a fee of $23.00 to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate. We accept debit/credit card, cash, money order, or cashier’s check.

A birth record is a closed record and will not be open to the public until the 75th anniversary of the date of birth per Texas Government Code 552.115 (a) (2). Qualified applicants can order their own record or the records of immediate family members.
  • ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID TO OBTAIN A BIRTH CERTFICATE - click here to access the English version of the document and click here to access the Spanish version of the document
  • BORN IN THE STATE OF TEXAS AFTER 1926 - The County Clerk’s office now has Remote Birth Access. The Texas Department of State Health Services Remote Birth database provides the short, abstract style birth certificates from any county in Texas from 1926 to current. **Remote Birth Access is not available for those having a Delayed Birth Certificate.
  • BORN IN THE STATE OF TEXAS BEFORE 1926 - Anyone needing a birth certificate prior to 1926 must contact the county of their birth. **Remote Birth Access is not available for those having a Delayed Birth Certificate.
  • BORN IN SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS NEEDING THE LONG FORM- Our office has long form birth certificates for births that occurred outside the City of Tyler, Smith County only from 1896 to current. If you need a long form birth certificate and you were born inside Tyler city limits, please contact the Northeast Texas Public Health District at 903-535-0030 or 0031. click here to access the web site .
  • BORN IN ANOTHER STATE – You will need to contact the Department of Health in the state of birth. click here to access the web site .
  • DELAYED CERTIFICATES OF BIRTH – The Smith County Clerk’s office has all of Smith Counties delayed birth certificates.
  • FOR THOSE BORN IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHO ARE U.S. CITIZENS AT BIRTH- contact Passport Services, Vital Records Section, U.S. Department of State, 1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington DC 20522-1705. click here to access the web site .
REQUEST BIRTH CERTIFICATE VIA MAIL: To obtain an application for a certified copy of a Birth Certificate, click here. As of 9-1-2015, all requests received by MAIL for a Certified Copy of ANY Vital record must be accompanied with a copy of a Drivers License AND a Notarized Proof of Identity along with a cashier’s check or money order for $23.00. Make payable to "Smith County Clerk" address to Smith County Clerk Attn: Vitals 200 E. Ferguson St Ste. 300 Tyler, TX 75702. **Average processing time is 1-3 business days in our office.
TO PAY BY DEBIT/CREDIT CARD: click here to complete the one-time debit/credit card authorization form and return with your original application and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Office hours: 8:00a.m. – 4:45p.m. All transactions must be completed by 4:45p.m. to allow the necessary time for the deputy clerks to close and reconcile their registers. For information, please call the Vital Statistics at 903-590-4697 or 903-590-4698.
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