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Birth & Death Certificates

Birth Certificates

Our Vital Statistics office files all birth records for those occurring within the city limits of Abilene with some exceptions. Certified copies of these records may be obtained in person or by mail from the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District. Only qualified applicants will be allowed to purchase a birth certificate.

The following persons may apply:

  • Individual requesting his/her own birth certificate
  • Parent or guardian of the individual named on the certificate.  Proof of guardianship must be submitted.
  • A legal representative of the individual named on the certificate, parent, or guardian (The representative must have a letter signed by the person, parent, or guardian, and certified by a notary public stating that the representative has permission to obtain the birth certificate.)
  • Court of law
To order in person:
  1. Print, fill out and deliver a Birth Certificate Request Form or come to the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, 850 N. 6th Street, Abilene, Texas and complete a form.
  2. Payment in the form of cash, check or money order made payable to the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.
  3. The cost for a Birth Certificate is $23.00 each, per name, per request.
  4. The certificates will be ready for pick up the following business day.
To order by mail:
Print, fill out and submit a Birth Certificate Mail Request Form to:

Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District
Vital Statistics Office
P.O. Box 2818
Abilene, Texas 79604-2818

OR
  1. Write a letter of request to include all of the following:
    • Name on birth certificate
    • Date of birth
    • The father's full name
    • The mother's full Maiden name
    • Applicant's name
    • Applicant's relationship
    • Purpose of the request
    • Number of certificates requested
    • Applicant's return mailing address
    • Mail in requests must include the “Notarized Identity Verification” form.
  2. Enclose a photocopy of the applicant's drivers license or valid picture ID.
  3. Payment in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.
  4. The cost for a Birth Certificate is $23.00 each, per name, per request.

    Forms submitted without payment in full will not be processed.

The certificate(s) will be mailed back to you the next business day after the request has been received.


Death Certificates

Death Certificates are filed for all those occurring within the city limits of Abilene and JP Precinct One. Certified copies of these records may be obtained in person or by mail by qualified applicants only.

The following persons may apply:

  • Immediate family (Spouse, parent, grandparents, sister, brother, child)
  • Authorized representative of a surviving relative of the deceased (Estate's executor or attorney)
  • Funeral director who was in charge of the final disposition of the body of the deceased
  • An individual who has a proven legal need
  • Court of law
To order in person:
  1. Print, fill out and deliver a Death Certificate Request Form or come to the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, 850 N. 6th Street, Abilene, Texas and complete a form.
  2. Payment in the form of cash, check or money order made payable to the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.
  3. The cost for a Death Certificate is $21.00 for one copy and $4.00 for each additional copy, per name, per request. 
  4. The certificates will be ready for pick up the following business day.
To order by mail:
Print, fill out and submit a Death Certificate Mail Request Form to:

Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District
Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 2818
Abilene, Texas 79604-2818

OR
  1. Write a letter of request to include all of the following:
    • Name on death certificate
    • Date of death
    • Applicant's name
    • Applicant's relationship to the deceased
    • Purpose of the request
    • Number of certificates requested
    • Applicant's return mailing address
    • Mail in requests must include the “Notarized Identity Verification” form.
  2. Enclose a photocopy of the applicant's drivers license or valid picture ID.
  3. Payment in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.
  4. The cost for a Death Certificate is $21.00 for one copy and $4.00 for each additional copy, per name, per request.

    Forms submitted without payment in full will not be processed.

The certificate(s) will be mailed back to you the next business day after the request has been received.

Other services include:

  • Birth and death certificate corrections/amendments for births and deaths occurring within Taylor County (exceptions may apply).
  • Computer retrieval of certified birth certificate abstracts for anyone born in the state of Texas. The same costs apply.