If you've lost your Jefferson County birth certificate, it might be quicker to apply for a copy than to keep searching. Getting your hands on an official state-issued birth certificate is a very simple process, provided you (or your family member) were born in Jefferson County, Texas. You can do the whole thing from the comfort of your home.
Jefferson County Birth Certificate Application Before 1966
The Jefferson County Clerk's office provides copies of birth certificates between 1903 and 1966.
Only the person whose name appears on the birth certificate or a member of her immediate family (defined as a mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, spouse, child or grandchild) can get a birth certificate.
If you are not an immediate family member, you can submit a written, notarized statement signed by an immediate family member giving permission for you to receive a copy of the birth certificate. This must include a photocopy of the ID of the individual granting the authorization. A notarized statement is simply a statement witnessed and signed by a notary public, an official authorized to draw up and certify contracts, deeds and other documents.
If you live near the clerk's office in Jefferson County, you can apply in person to obtain an Application for Birth or Death Certificate form. However, you can also download and print a copy from the website for the County Clerk’s Office in Jefferson County. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure you complete the form correctly.
On the memo line, write "birth certificate" and include the name of the person whose name will appear on the certificate. Complete the rest of the form, providing all requested information, and send it with a check or money order made payable to Jefferson County Clerk and a clear, legible photocopy of government-issued identification, such as a driver's license, state ID or passport, to Jefferson County Clerk, P.O. Box 1151, Beaumont, TX 77704-1151.
A Jefferson County birth certificate costs $23, as of July 2018.
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Jefferson County Births After 1966
If you need a birth certificate for a birth in Jefferson County, Texas after 1966, contact the City Health Department in the city where the birth occurred, such as the Beaumont Health Department. Visit the Beaumont Texas Health Services website and click on Birth/Death Certificate Application. Complete the form in full and send it with a copy of your ID and payment of $23 to Beaumont Public Health – Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 3827, Beaumont, TX 77704-3827.
Jefferson County Death Certificate Application
For Jefferson County Texas death certificates, obtain the same form and simply write "death certificate" on the memo line, including the name of the person whose name will appear on the certificate. The fee for a death certificate is the same as for a birth certificate ($23).
To get a Jefferson County birth certificate, complete an Application for Birth or Death Certificate form and send it to the County Clerk's Office in Jefferson County.
Claire is a qualified lawyer and specialized in family law before becoming a full-time writer. She has written for many digital publications, including The Washington Post, Forbes, Vice and HealthCentral.